May 2021
By Women, For Women
Grant Applications in Final Review

The grant committees have been busy reviewing and meeting with grant applicants.

  • All three committees, Education, Health and Family held their first Grant Evaluation Meetings in April.
  • Committee members are currently conducting virtual site visits to get to know the organizations better.
  • Each committee will hold a second Grant evaluation meetings this month and will choose the Grant finalist from their focus area.
  • The three grant finalists will be announced on June 1.
You Are Invited - Save the Date

The virtual Annual Meeting will take place on June 16 at 7pm ET. The results of the vote will be announced as we celebrate the culmination of our third year of grant making. 

You will soon receive an invitation to attend. This event is open to guests, so please feel free to invite your friends and colleagues.
Women Connect Series - Personal Finance
On May 25th from 7:00-8:00 pm ET, Project W member Lydia Holiat will be hosting a personal finance session. Our goal is to include all generations of women coming together to talk about the fundamentals of budgeting, saving and investing. Invite your daughter, your mom, your aunt, your grandmother…an important woman in your life! No matter your experience in these topics it is good to get together in a forum to discuss and share experiences. Please click here to sign up and to share!
Lydia Holiat is the Vice President and Portfolio Manager at the Haverford Trust Company and is passionate about educating people of all ages about finances and is active in sharing her knowledge and experiences with others through speaking engagements. An advocate helping clients with their financial wellness, Lydia has been managing relationships and investment portfolios for families, individuals and non-profits at the Haverford Trust Company since 2011. Prior to her current role, Lydia spent her early career at SEI Investments in Oaks, PA.   Lydia received her bachelor’s degree in Finance and Marketing from Lehigh University ‘02 and a is graduate of the Villanova Executive MBA Program ‘17. Lydia personally enjoys spending time outdoors whether it be hiking or working on her golf game.  Recently Lydia was elected as Treasurer of the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce where she has been a board member for the last 6 years.
New Sponsorship Opportunity Available
We are seeking sponsorship donations to offset our operating expenses. For a flat rate of only $100, sponsors will be recognized at Project W's Annual Meeting on June 16.

If you or your colleagues would be interested in supporting Project W, please use this link to make a donation:

Please reach out to Lee Kernen at or Kim D'Ambrosio at with any questions. Thank you for your support!
Member Spotlight
Meet Lee Kernen, Project W's Sponsorship Chair
Lee Kernen serves as Project W’s Sponsorship Chair. Lee worked in the software industry for a number of years after college and decided to stay home and care for her children once they were born. During that time, Lee also spent a lot of it volunteering for various local organizations. A few of the organizations she regularly supports are Planned Parenthood, American Diabetes Association, Knowledge is Power Philadelphia, Mighty Writers, and her local library. Lee also obtained her real estate license about twelve years ago and works for Berkshire Hathaway in Media, PA. She really loves being a realtor and helping people achieve their dream of owning a home.

In her spare time, Lee enjoys anything active. She is an avid tennis player, plays at several clubs in the area and is part of the USTA. She also enjoys paddle tennis, yoga, and working out. Hiking has been a newfound pandemic hobby with her husband, and they have visited several state parks and portions of the Appalachian Trail this past year.

Lee joined Project W to make a difference in the lives of women in her own community. She was very moved by the hands-on volunteer work that took place prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, and cannot wait to resume that and more in-person events with our members.
“I LOVED the idea of being able to decide who gets the grant and learning so much about the organizations during the review process.”
Key Dates
  • May 17 at 7pm - Second grant committee meeting - Family
  • May 19 at 7pm - Second grant committee meeting - Health
  • May 20 at 7pm - Second grant committee meeting - Education
  • May 25 at 7pm - Women Connect: Personal Finance
  • June 1 - Finalist organizations announced
  • June 16 at 7pm - SAVE THE DATE - Annual Meeting
Project W would like to thank the Pennoni Family Foundation, the 
Von Seldeneck Fund and the Zidek Family Foundation for their sponsorship.
Participate in the Amazon Smile Program and Help Raise Money for TCF and Project W
Project W is a program of The Community's Foundation. You can support Project W and TCF when you shop on Amazon through its Amazon Smile Program.  Amazon Smile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to TCF. To sign up click here:
Be Part of the Project W Story
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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