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Women's Giving Circle Announces New Grants

The Fontbonne Community Connection (FCC), a newly formed women's giving circle at Fontbonne University, recently announced several grants to staff, faculty, students and student organizations.

The announcement was made at a general membership meeting Aug. 14. After reviewing 15 submitted proposals, the full FCC membership voted to award nine grants, totaling $34,000. Projects supported by the grants range from an international faculty/student project to identify and assist children with disabilities in Belize to video editing of student interviews with survivors of the Bosnian genocide who now live in St. Louis.


The FCC formed when several women came together with a philanthropic vision to pool modest resources in order to support worthy programs and projects initiated within the Fontbonne University community. Members of the FCC include Fontbonne alumni and friends, who each committed to a minimum contribution of $1,000 annually. Submitted proposals are reviewed and voted upon by the entire membership. Grant recipients will report to FCC membership on the use of funds and the results obtained.

Last fall, a small group of women began discussing their vision, expecting they might attract 20 or 30 women, initially, and maybe 8 or 10 proposals, according to organizers. Already, there are more than 50 women who have made contributions and are FCC Charter Members.

"The members of the FCC are providing a strong testament to the philanthropic force that occurs when women unite for a common purpose," said Marilyn Sheperd, Fontbonne's vice president for institutional advancement and one of the initial organizers.

The FCC's membership goal for the upcoming first full year is to grow to 100 women who value having a personal stake in their charitable giving and who support the dreams and aspirations of applicants. For more information, contact Marcia Quint (314) 889-1408 or

Find out more about the FCC.