Crown Point Community Foundation’s Women’s Giving Circle Awards Grants at Annual Dinner

Crown-Point-Community-Foundations-Womens-Giving-Circle-Awards-Grants-at-Annual-Dinner_01On September 11, ten $1,000 grants were awarded at the annual Women’s Giving Circle dinner. The Women’s Giving Circle is part of the philanthropic efforts of the Crown Point Community Foundation. The WGC invites women from the area to gain membership with a $100 or larger donation, which can be made throughout the year. Members’ donations are then pooled and awarded to area nonprofits. Using the principle of “one member, one vote,” all WGC members vote for the nonprofits of their choice at the organization’s annual dinner, which is held on the second Tuesday in September.

“The Women’s Giving Circle is a great way for women to connect with one another and to learn about the needs of their community,” said Mary Nielsen, President of the Crown Point Community Foundation. “We invite all women in South Lake County to become involved in charitable giving and to see how your donation can make a significant difference supporting all within the place we call home.”

Crown-Point-Community-Foundations-Womens-Giving-Circle-Awards-Grants-at-Annual-Dinner_02The dinner was sponsored by Kathy Roeser from Morgan Stanley Wealth Management and Megan Doherty of Nuveen Investments. At this year’s event, Women’s Giving Circle members voted on and awarded $1,000 grants to the following nonprofits:

  1. Autism Spectrum Coalition (MAAP Services)
  2. Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana Cedar Lake
  3. Cedar Lake Historical Association
  4. Down Syndrome Association of Northwest Indiana
  5. Friends of Crown Point Learning Center
  6. Friends of the Crown Point Library
  7. Girls on the Run Northwest Indiana
  8. Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana
  9. Mommy’s Haven
  10. Women’s Giving Circle Scholarship Fund

“The Cedar Lake Historical Association is so excited to receive a Women’s Giving Circle grant to take our programs into the community,” said Julie Zasada, Executive Director of the Cedar Lake Historical Association. “We are sincerely thankful for the Crown Point Community Foundation’s support of nonprofit development and growth.”

Crown-Point-Community-Foundations-Womens-Giving-Circle-Awards-Grants-at-Annual-Dinner_03For more information about becoming a member of the Women’s Giving Circle, contact Mary Nielsen at (219) 662-7252 or visit the Crown Point Community Foundation website at

About the Crown Point Community Foundation
The Crown Point Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization which manages and invests charitable endowments, using the proceeds to make gifts to local nonprofits and to grant scholarships to area students. For more information, please visit