Rochester NY Democrat and Chronicle Features Giving Circle

"A $100,000 grant from Rochester Women's Giving Circle is being used to fund a newly created Career Navigator program for women and girls at Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection." Read the rest of the article: Women's Giving Circle Gives $100K; Money Goes to Hillside Program, Democrat and Chronicle, January 6, 2016.

2015 Grant Breakfast

At our June 2015 Grant Awards Breakfast, the Rochester Women's Giving Circle gave $165,000 to agencies in our community (click here to see the list and amounts).

Forty agencies submitted proposals for a total of $557,380. Six grants were awarded through our regular competitive grant process, and two grants, a high impact grant and an collaborative grant with The Community Foundation, were also awarded.


RWGC co-chairs Shirley King and Melinda Andolina with 2015 grantees -- Photo by Lori Farr


Venture Up: Our Impact Grant with Hillside

In April the RWGC awarded the first of two $50,000 installments on our venture grant with Hillside. This grant is a 'high-impact grant', one that is considered transformative for the participants in the program and the organization itself.

The Venture Grant Task Force's recommendation was to fund a grant of $50,000 for two years (a total of $100,000) to the Hillside Work-School Connection in 2015/2016. It was unanimously approved by the members present at the January business meeting.

The Hillside Work-School Connection has served at-risk youth in grades 7-12, preparing them to enter the work force. Our grant provides funding for a Career Navigator to provide wrap-around services and support a cohort of 20 high school graduates each year (40 over the 2 year period) as they attend post-secondary training or education-- either college, a certificate program, or a trade apprenticeship.

The Hillside program is a nationally recognized, evidence-based program but has not been able to extend their support and services beyond high school. RWGC will make that possible.


2015 grantees: Hillside Work Connections cohorts and RWGC members -- Photo by HEartworks Photography


Collaborative Grant to Borinquen Dance Theater

A collaborative grant of $33,000 was awarded to Borinquen Dance Theater in partnership with The Community Foundation. The grant increases the capacity of the organization to provide services to young Latinas, helping them complete high school and go on to college. The RWGC granted $16,500 and the Community Foundation granted $16,500.

Borinquen Dance Theatre helps at-risk young women build the desire to succeed through the discipline of dance and after-school programs that provide cultural and personal development. The program is now in four locations – Hochstein School, School # 9, Monroe High School, and East High School – and uses dance as the medium to teach self-discipline, teamwork, physical and mental agility, and important life related skills. Girls must maintain a 2.5 GPA to stay in the program. This grant will fund an Operations Manager to provide necessary systems and support for expanding the program to two Charter Schools by 2016, to identify and obtain funding streams, and to coordinate 15 public performances in 2015-2016.


Borinquen Dance Theater