Women's Gift Alliance
Making a difference through collective philanthropy
To pool the talents and resources of women in Kootenai County, Idaho
to provide meaningful financial support to a broad range of charitable, cultural and educational projects within our community.
WGA strives to increase women's awareness, involvement and leadership in local, collective philanthropy. WGA awards annual grants through a collaborative selection process directed by the membership.
The grant selection process promotes the education of WGA members and the nonprofit applicants we serve.
Members have gifted over $1,100,000 back to our community through pooled fund grant awards and individually designated grants.
As a member, you leverage your single gift with all WGA members, which in turn contributes to a stronger Kootenai County.
We are a nonprofit membership organization affiliated with the Idaho Community Foundation. Of the yearly membership donations, half are pooled and distributed through a grant solicitation and selection process. The remaining half is equally divided between Individually Designated Gifts and the WGA Endowment Fund.
WGA Grants at work in our community include Children's Village, Habitat for Humanity, Gizmo, Museum of North Idaho, Rathdrum Senior Center, TESH, Trinity Group Homes, Emerge CDA, St. Vincent de Paul, First Judicial CASA, Lutherhaven Ministries, CDA Charter Academy, plus so many more!
Times to socialize and to become more informed philanthropists are member benefits. When you join, you'll receive invitations to "Heart to Heart" in August, the October Dinner and Speaker event, Holiday Party, Grant Proposal Presentations in May and the Awards gathering in June, plus our members only Lunch Bytes Book Club.
Over $1,100,000 Awarded to Kootenai County Nonprofits Since 2005
2021 Pooled Fund Grant Awards
Providing Support for Children Entering
Foster Care in Kootenai County
This grant will fund the Coeur d’Alene site launch of this proven program that provides well-trained and loving adult volunteers to be onsite at our local Idaho Department of Health and Welfare office to comfort and care for children who have just been removed from their home due to abuse or neglect, as well as providing snacks, diapers, food and clothing.
Arts & Athletics Scholarship Fund for
Children of Hospitality Workers
This grant will provide startup money for a Scholarship Fund to enable children of low-income hospitality workers to participate in extra-curricular programs in the arts, sports, STEM, academics, camp, and recreation.
Parts for the Arts
Grant funds will equip the new music conservatory with an electronic piano teaching lab, rhythm instruments, chimes, recording equipment, and a performance piano to bring music instruction and performance opportunities for all ages and economic levels to Kootenai County.
$5,000 Finalist Award
Birds of Prey Northwest’s mission is to educate the public about birds of prey, through live raptor presentations and outreach, and to provide medical treatment to injured, sick, and orphaned wild raptors with the goal of returning them to the wild.
On Site for Seniors $5,000 Finalist Award
This is a faith-based team approach to meeting the needs of the ‘whole person’ and their family by providing medical care through on-site house calls, telehealth services, resources, and by compassionately sharing the love of God.