The Hestia Women's Giving Circle is a not-for-profit organization formed under the umbrella of the Charlevoix County Community Foundation. Our money is held in a donor-advised fund with that foundation.
Hestia was formed in 2005 by a group of women wishing to support local organizations serving women and girls. Believing that access to health care and the ability to control reproduction is essential to economic security, the Circle was founded with support of Planned Parenthood integral to our by-laws.
Grant-making is the essence of the Circle's existence, and all members are encouraged to serve on the Grant Committee. Once a year a call-for-grants is publicized. The grant committee, which meets twice, reviews the grants and makes a recommendation of projects to support. The recommendation is put before the membership for a vote. Grantees receive their checks at our annual meeting, where they have the opportunity to say a few words about their work.
The Circle is managed by an Executive Committee of nine-to-eleven members, including officers. Members of the committee are elected at the annual meeting and generally meet several times per year. All members are invited to attend these meetings and take part in the administration of the Circle.
2022-2023 Executive Committee: Chair - Miriam Hollar; Vice Chair - Lisa Blanchard; Secretary - Sheridan Jones; Treasurer & Membership Chair - Cynthia Donahey; Grant Chair - Jean Van Dam; Past Chair - Denise Simon; At-large: Trish Murray, Mary Reilly, Donna Stine, Karen Donnely-Strough, Alison Hill.