Another Philly giving circle is ready to give a local nonprofit $20K - Generocity Philly


Mar. 7, 2017 3:06 pm

Another Philly giving circle is ready to give a local nonprofit $20K

The first grant to be awarded by the Cosmopolitan Club of Philadelphia will go to a group dedicated to foster care and refugees.

Drawings made by Syrian refugee children for local nonprofit We Grow Where We Are.

(Photo by Tony Abraham)

Editor's note: Application deadline and contact information have been updated. (3/7, 6:05 p.m.)
Heads up, nonprofits — another giving circle has emerged to help you out with some funding.

This time around, it’s a 34-member giving circle formed within the Cosmopolitan Club of Philadelphia, a membership-only women’s club in Rittenhouse Square founded in 1928 where “cosmopolitan women connect” to hear from guest speakers, enjoy art shows and engage in other activities.

The group’s first-ever grant of $20,000, to be given out this June, will go to one local organization focused on either, or both, of these causes: refugee services for families and young women transitioning out of foster care. Contributing to the welfare of women and children is the general mission for the club, said Jonne Smith, a member of the steering committee for the Cosmopolitan Club, in an email.

The application deadline is April 13 by 3 p.m.

Apply here

Come this June, the applicants will be narrowed down by a grants committee of nine women, those finalists will then make a presentation to all the members of the giving circle and a vote will decide the grantee.

A strong sense of community among the members of the club is one of the reasons why they decided to pool their resources and make some positive impact in the local community, Smith said.

“In addition to the goal of being a positive force in our community, a benefit of becoming a part of this group includes strengthening the bonds among our fellow club members as we work together in a dynamic way for a philanthropic goal,” she said. “Along the way we will educate ourselves about the needs in the community and the organizations that service those needs.”

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