Canton Community Foundation

Giving Hope, Women’s Giving Circle was established in May 2006 to address unmet community needs.

A giving circle combines and leverages the resources of a group of individuals for greater impact upon the community. With that in mind, the Giving Hope, Women's Giving Circle was established as a donor-advised fund of the Canton Community Foundation. A donor-advised fund functions in a way similar to a private foundation in that it gives donors a great sense of comfort, ensuring that they can remain involved in their charitable giving long after the initial gift is made.

Other important components of Giving Hope, Women's Giving Circle stated mission are to expand philanthropy through knowledge of local issues, and to increase giving by local women.

Caring, Community, Connections
Our members are compassionate, hardworking women from diverse backgrounds who are committed to making a difference in our community. Young mothers and retirees, lawyers, doctors, homemakers and businesswomen, athletes, gardeners and musicians; we welcome one and all to join our endeavor.

Intergenerational Community Leadership
Giving Hope, Women's Giving Circle was born out of the belief that there are women in the Canton and Plymouth communities who together, can make a meaningful impact on the lives of women and families in need.

Our members have donated over $100,000 to local organizations, such as :

  • First Step, the Wayne County program to assist victims of domestic violence

  • The Plymouth Canton Community Schools Clothing Bank

  • Local libraries

  • Girl Scouts

  • Enough SAID Campaign

In addition to membership money, a collection called “Pass the Purse” is made at each meeting for a local group needing immediate assistance. More than $10,000 has been distributed to needy organizations. These funds have provided diapers for children and adults through the Detroit Area Diaper Bank, which serves Wayne County; food when the Salvation Army’s pantry is depleted; and personal care products for women receiving assistance from a local food bank.

For our grant guidelines or to apply for a grant please click on the links below to download the documents.

Our 2017 grant cycle will open on July 15, 2017.  Grant applications will be accepted from July 15 - September 1, 2017.  Grants will be awarded in October 2017.  Applicants must provide assistance to women and children in the greater Plymouth/Canton area.

Grant Guidelines

Grant Application

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