The Women’s Giving Network of Wake County today awarded $150,000 to six area nonprofits that support women and/or children, according to Liza Roberts, chair of the local giving circle, which is a program of the North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF).

Receiving $25,000 grants each were the Boys & Girls Club of Wake County -- for the Collaborative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Initiative; Community Music School -- for Capacity Building to Improve Music Education for At-Risk Youth; Healing Place of Wake County -- for the Women’s Rescue, Recovery and Rehabilitation Program; Literacy Council of Wake County -- for Project LIFT (Literacy Instruction for Families Together); StepUp Ministry -- for the Life Skills Program for Single Moms and Their Children; and Triangle Family Services -- for the Welcome Home Project. The awards were announced Nov. 8 at the Network’s annual luncheon.

Women’s Network members voted on recipients in a competitive grants process. Grants Committee Co-Chairs Allison Atkinson and Paige Haensel said it was a challenge this year for the membership to choose from so many excellent programs serving critical needs for Wake County women and/or children.

This year’s grants from the Women’s Giving Network of Wake County bring the total of contributions awarded to area nonprofits to $682,000 in just six years. “The Network is becoming increasingly well-known for impact giving in Wake County, with a history of meaningful gifts that makes a difference to so many critical needs,” said Jennifer Tolle Whiteside, president and CEO of the NCCF. The NCCF supports eight other women’s giving programs across North Carolina and the Statewide Women’s Fund.

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