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 $1,632,792
back to our community through pooled
fund grant awards and individually designated gifts.
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 Idaho Drug Free Youth, The Literacy Project of North Idaho, PB&J Haydeners, 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" through out the year, the annual Fall Dinner event, New Member Coffees, Grant Proposal Presentations in May and the Awards gathering in June.
Over $1,632,792 Awarded to Kootenai County Nonprofits Since 2005
Idaho Drug Free Youth
Grant funds will be used to create a social media campaign focused on educating youth on the effects of drugs and alcohol. Social media increases IDFY’s reach three-fold over in-person contacts. Funds will also update their website focused on drug education for youth.
The Literacy Project of North Idaho
Funds will be used to hire a part-time director. Since its inception, this nonprofit offers free programs to improve literacy to low-level literacy adults, English language learners, and parents and caregivers working to support early literacy in their own families. The leadership from a part-time director is vital to continued growth of the program.
PB & J Haydeners
Mobile Produce Distribution
This grant will enable PB&J Haydeners to purchase a cargo van to distribute produce more effectively and move away from using personal vehicles. This 4-year-old nonprofit distributes fresh produce to targeted populations including fixed income, limited income families, single income families, youth and military in our community.
Gifts That Keep Giving
from the Coeur d'Alene Press, June 22, 2022
Tesh, Inc. Vice President Terri Johnson and client Travis Hoard have a happy exchange Tuesday, June 21, 2022 while discussing upgrades in the activity center break room. On Thursday, June 23, Tesh, Inc. and other local nonprofits will receive a portion of $85,000 in grants from the Women's Gift Alliance.
The WGA $25,000 Grant Award to the Music Conservatory of Coeur d'Alene has been put to work with 7 new pianos in two studios!
WGA members and friends pictured at the Holiday Heart to Heart event, Dec. 2021
Ds Connections NW
$5,000 Finalist Award
This organization is a network of support, information, and resources for everyone. They provide a single point of connection for people with a Down Syndrome diagnosis, their families and the community at large.
Museum of North Idaho
$5,000 Finalist Award
The Museum of North Idaho works to preserve and illuminate the past to inspire the future.