Women Philanthropists Making an
Impact on Fidalgo Island:
The Anacortes Women’s Giving Circle is about to launch its third year of collective giving, voting, and grantmaking to benefit the local community.
The Giving Circle pools together smaller donations by its members to make larger grants to support and learn about community needs - creating meaningful impact. Women who live on or have a connection to Fidalgo Island and are ages 16 and up are eligible to join.
Over the last two years, the Anacortes Women’s Giving Circle granted more than $44,000 to organizations supporting the years’ theme. In 2019, AWGC supported Women & Children with grants to the Anacortes Boys & Girls Club, Anacortes Food-to-Go, Friends of the Anacortes Community Forest Lands, Anacortes Community Health Council, and Skagit Habitat for Humanity.
Last year, the theme was Covid Relief and grants were made to the Anacortes Family Center, Skagit Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services, Youth Dynamics, Brigid Collins Family Support Center, Friends of the Anacortes Community Forest Lands, and the Salish Sea School. TO CONTINUE READING CLICK HERE...
Supporting Mental Health Professionals Through Giving:
When our neighbors, friends, or family are struggling with mental health, it can be challenging to fully understand and know how to support them. It can be even more difficult to get the right access to professional help and services when they are needed most.
In September, the Skagit Community Foundation was able to support a workshop and training series for local mental health professionals led and facilitated by Dr. Mark Ragins, an award-winning psychiatrist who brings more than 30 years of clinical mental health work. Ragins was formerly the Medical Director at the Mental Health America Village in Long Beach, California, and is now the campus psychiatrist at California State University Long Beach. TO CONTINUE READING CLICK HERE...
Back To School in the Skagit Valley:
Thanks to our partner organizations, students across Skagit County continued their learning over the summer and are prepared to succeed in school this fall.
Foundation for Academic Endeavors
Along with virtual learning support for families, Foundation for Academic Endeavors (FAE)'s main program is a 5-week Summer Academy that Skagit Community Foundation supported with a grant in May and an on-site visit in July. The FAE Summer Academy is 8am-2pm 5 days a week for 5 weeks and served about 250 students this year. School buses are chartered for the program to pick up students from across the county. Every classroom has at least one bilingual teacher or assistant teacher, and multiple staff are trilingual. The actual cost per student is about $1,800- but thanks to donations and grants from generous supporters and donors, FAE offers the entire five-week program to families for just $60 per child and a maximum of $150 per family with multiple children. Certified teachers and college fellows (who are studying to be teachers), incorporate literacy and reading into a curriculum based on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) for students starting at age 3 to freshmen in high school.
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