Twenty-one members of Empath Health’s Women’s Giving Network (WGN) gathered recently to hear funding request presentations to support Empath Health’s exemplary work with those who suffer chronic or advanced illnesses or grief. This is the second annual meeting for the WGN. The Network considered a variety of projects, including plans for creating a healing oasis that offers alternative methods of support for pain management, illness and anxiety, ultrasound machines to expand in-home treatments and providing feminine products for low-income and homeless clients.
The WGN is a philanthropic group that supports the members of Empath Health, including Suncoast Hospice. Members join for a minimum of two years and donate a minimum of $1,000 annually.
After thoughtful discussion and consideration, the WGN distributed more than $18,000 in grants to fund 10 projects for Empath Health. In addition to the distribution pool, Network members contributed an additional $20,161 to expand funding for several projects bringing the total distributions to $38,161. In just two years, Empath Health’s WGN has provided $47,161 for much-needed patient and family care in Pinellas County.
Suncoast Hospice Foundation Vice President of Philanthropy Kathy Rabon said, “We are extremely grateful and thankful for their caring and compassion. These grants are a breath of fresh air for our projects and the community we serve. It’s impossible to do it without the compassion of people like these incredible women and our volunteers.”
The WGN is accepting new members at this time. If interested in learning more, please contact Carla Mattern at (727) 523-3414 or CarlaMattern@EmpathHealth.org.
About Suncoast Hospice Foundation
The Suncoast Hospice Foundation is a nonprofit organization financially supporting the mission and vision of Empath Health and its members. As a member of Empath Health, the Foundation’s focus is ensuring resources are available to those served today and into the future. For more information go to SuncoastHospiceFoundation.org.
About Women’s Giving Network
The Women’s Giving Network is dedicated to inspiring, educating and encouraging women to affect change through philanthropy and leadership. WGN members become ambassadors in the community for the programs and services of Empath Health, including hospice care, palliative care, community counseling, home health, pharmacy services, all-inclusive care for seniors, HIV services, and advance care planning.