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Power of the Purse group awards largest round of grants in its history

By Berks County Community Foundation

Power of the Purse group awards largest round of grants in its history

A group of Berks County women has made its largest ever annual round of grants to programs that help other local women and girls increase their leadership skills, sense of empowerment, educational attainment, and ability to find employment.

The Power of the Purse in Berks County awarded $60,000 in grants through Berks County Community Foundation to eight organizations. That is the largest annual amount the group has distributed since it was formed in 2012.

“Women who wanted to improve the lives of other local women and children started the Power of the Purse in Berks County,” said Chiara Renninger, one of the group’s founders.

“Our donations are combined and targeted toward specific programs so that we have a greater local impact than we would if we each gave individually without a coordinated effort,” she said.

Annually, group members review grant applications, meet with nonprofits, and vote to determine which programs will receive grants. Since the group began, it has awarded $285,903 in grants to local organizations.

This year’s grant recipients:

More information

For more information on Power of the Purse, including how to join or contribute, go to bccf.org/pop. Members commit a minimum of $1,000 per year if they are 35 and over, and a minimum of $500 per year if they are under 35.

Attached photo: “Girls Supporting Girls. Period.” — a project of the Youth Volunteer Corps of Reading In-School Leadership and Service Program — seeks to address a lack of access to feminine hygiene products, which has been identified as a significant problem among Berks County women and girls in low-income households and shelters.