The Cape Cod Foundation is hosting its first-ever “SHEro Giving Event” now through Sept. 30 to honor and support women and girls across Cape Cod. The fundraiser is part of the Foundation’s ongoing community challenge to raise $200,000 by the end of 2024 to support The Women and Girls Fund.
The Foundation established this charitable endowment fund in 2022 to help meet community needs.
“While we have discretionary resources to support many aspects of community life, we do not have enough flexible resources that specifically support women and girls in our community,” said Foundation President and CEO Kristin O’Malley.
O’Malley said only 1.9 percent of all charitable giving in the United States is directed specifically to nonprofits serving women and girls.
“Locally, the cycle of poverty and inequities in pay and job opportunities are great, the barriers to affordable housing and childcare are incredibly high, and the challenges faced by women and girls of color persist,” she added. “But through our community’s collective power and collective resources, we can fund broad-scale initiatives that lead to systemic change.”
Earlier this year, the Foundation awarded $50,000 in inaugural grants to four local nonprofit organizations serving women and girls across Cape Cod: Amplify POC, Entrepreneurship for All Cape Cod, WE CAN, and Falmouth Volunteers in Public Schools. The Foundation has launched its second annual grant cycle for nonprofit organizations to coincide with the “SHEro Giving Event.”
Donations in any amount can be made online at capecodfoundation.org or by mailing a check, payable to The Women and Girls Fund, to The Cape Cod Foundation at 261 White’s Path, Unit 2; South Yarmouth, 02664. The Foundation will post the names of the women honored or remembered on its website.