February 2021
By Women, For Women
Membership for 2021
Project W is pleased to announce that 144 women make up this year's Project W members, more than doubling the number of members since our inception in 2019. Women as young as 16 years of age and the many family members who are part of Project W speak to our generational commitment to making a difference in our local community. Group memberships allow women to be a part of Project W for as little as $110 per year.
For New Members
Please join us for the Virtual New Members Welcome Session this Wednesday, February 10 from 7-8pm. We are very excited to welcome 62 new members this year! Candice Linehan from Delaware County Against Rape, a 2019 grantee, will give us an update on their programs. After a quick overview of what to expect this year, we will answer any questions you may have and provide an opportunity to get to know one another. To join, please click here.
Grant Applications for 2021
Project W is accepting grant applications now through March 5. To apply please use this link: https://webportalapp.com/sp/projectw. For more information, please .visit our website.

Project W will award a total of $58,000 grant dollars at the Annual Meeting on June 16th. Three finalist nonprofit organizations will receive a grant:

  • $29,000 to be awarded to the finalist organizations with the most votes 
  • $14,500 to be awarded to each of the remaining two finalist organizations
Women Connect Update
The first event of this year's Women Connect Series was held on January 27, 2021. The topic covered Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Ellan Bernstein, a founding member of Impact 100 Philadelphia and on the board of Philanos was the guest speaker. She shared her experiences and insights as Impact 100 adapted to address and prioritize DEI in their grant processes and within their culture. We also had some of our own Project W members who are on the TCF DEI committee talk about some of their experiences. Project W announced it has established its very own DEI committee and made modifications to its grant process as it relates to DEI.

Please join us for our upcoming Women Connect Event.
On Tuesday, February 23rd at 7:00 pm ET, we are welcoming the women of Project W to participate in our 2021 Virtual Kickoff event, a Galentine's happy hour! In a typical year, we like to have a face-to-face welcome to all members old and new, so we are organizing a virtual happy hour to take its place. There will be a signature cocktail/mocktail, opportunity to meet some new members, and a game of trivia. Be on the lookout for more details on our signature drink and trivia instructions. To register, please click here.
Member Spotlight
I grew up in small house in a large family in Oreland, PA.  With scholarships and hard work both at school and at jobs, I finished my MS and PhD in chemistry from Villanova University and landed a full-time gig with DuPont Agricultural Products. What a great experience that turned out to be, surrounded by several passionate, intelligent women and learning, not only better science but management skills as my husband and I raised our blended family of eight.  After two decades, I left industry to start my own consulting and staffing business. With good luck, great clients, and superb employees, we grew the business to close to 100 people in three states. A few years ago, I sold the business and later stepped back completely to explore a world of other opportunities. 

One of those opportunities, is “giving back’. In quieter times, I’d tutored at juvenile boys at the Ferris School in Delaware in GED level math.  And, I’ve given financially for many years to numerous charities.  But, still, I wanted a better way both to vet non-profits and to have a bigger impact right here in Delaware County. One evening after a day of tennis while I typed away at my latest writing endeavor, a murder mystery, my friend, Lauren, texted, “Time to meet over coffee?” Of course, there’s always time for Lauren.  And, she had me from the minute she said, “…charity in Delco”.

I signed on as a Founding Member and for two years chaired the Family Committee where I met dynamic women both in Project W and in our charities.  I remember our first annual meeting in pre-COVID 19 days, sitting at a table with several of grant winners prior to the announcement of the top grantee.   All three non-profits gave moving presentations about the needs that they filled in Delaware County.  And, as the top charity was announced, a co-presenter from Pathways PA, our winner, went silent with shock.  After accepting the award, she sat down at our table and her eyes filled with tears. When I reached over to touch her hand she confessed to being overwhelmed with joy—this money would make a powerful difference in lives of the women she serves.

What a powerful difference our collective giving makes.  So, while my scribblings finally birthed a novel, and political action Zoom meetings fill many an evening, and my grandkids call me back on the road to visit, Project W still brings me together with women I’m proud to know and, together, we lift other women out of tough spots when they need our help the most.

Some other causes/organizations Julie is also involved in and supports: Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, ACLU, Doctors Without Borders, Mental Health Association in Delaware, and World Affairs Council

Favorite Quote: “Don’t loiter, something told me, and I took its advice.” Alan Bradley from A RED HERRING WITHOUT MUSTARD.
Key Dates
February 10 - New Members Zoom session. 
February 12 - Deadline to sign up for a grant committee (members, please refer to the email sent on February 1)
February 23 - Women Connect: Year 3 Virtual kickoff. 
March 5 - Deadline for grant application submission
March 10 at 7pm - Grant review training session (need only attend one)
March 15 at 7pm - Grant review training session (need only attend one)
March 18 at 10am - Grant review training session (need only attend one)
March 22 - Grant applications will be available for committee members to review
April 8 - First grant committee meeting - Education
April 13 - First grant committee meeting - Family
April 14 - First grant committee meeting - Health
May 17 - Second grant committee meeting - Family
May 19 - Second grant committee meeting - Health
May 20 - Second grant committee meeting - Education
June 1 - Finalist organizations announced
June 16 - SAVE THE DATE - Annual Meeting
Help Wanted
We are seeking a Project W member to join the Due Diligence team. From March 5 - March 12, the team of three Project W members review all grant applicants' financial reports, compliance, eligibility and governance concerns. Experience in bookkeeping and accounting is a plus. Due Diligence is a critical first step in our grant review process that provides an overall view of all the organizations that have applied. If you are interested, please email projectw@tcfhelps.org.  
Project W would like to thank the Pennoni Family Foundation, the 
Von Seldeneck Fund and the Zidek Family Foundation for their sponsorship.
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Women can have a significant impact by pooling our resources and recognizing organizations that make a difference for women in Delaware County. In the process, YOU will be in the fellowship of other community-minded women and learn more about the many organizations that enrich and improve our daily lives.

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