Pennsylvania organizations focused on serving women are at the heart of a new grant initiative.
Mid Penn Bank recently announced that its Women’s Leadership Network (WLN) will award “Impact Grant” funds to local nonprofits that support women in the workplace.
“We are thrilled to offer this opportunity to the many organizations in our communities who work hard every day to support and uplift women,” said Nicole Pedriani, Chair of the WLN Impact Grants Committee and Head of Commercial Lending at Mid Penn. “The committee hopes this funding will help women participate in programs that will allow them to move forward and achieve their goals.
According to Mid Penn, while women make up 52% of the state’s population, they hold only 36.9% of leadership positions in the state. Plus, women only earn 76 cents for every dollar a man earns. Hispanic women in Pennsylvania earn 53 cents for every dollar earned by a white man.
The Commonwealth ranks 39th in the country in terms of the gender pay gap, Mid Penn said.
Bank officials hope this subsidy program will help change those statistics, they said.
The grant program is available to non-profit organizations that deal with health and wellness, social services, education, housing assistance, and workforce preparation / professional skills for women.
The bank offers $ 12,000 in grants. Applicants are eligible to receive a minimum of $ 2,000 for proposed projects.
Applicants must be 501 (c) 3 certified organizations. They must be located in Berks County, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Fayette, Lancaster, Luzerne, Montgomery, Northumberland, Schuylkill or Westmoreland.
Mid Penn plans to announce the winners in December.
The WLN was launched in 2018 as a way for female colleagues to make connections, share knowledge and experiences, learn more about leadership, and develop their professional development paths. This year, the group formed the grants committee with the goal of making an impact across the community, they said.
“What started as a way for women at Mid Penn Bank to better connect has grown rapidly over three years and evolved into a place where the WLN can turn its vision to the community,” said Mid Penn’s CRA and Community Impact. Officer Dawn Spahr. “The women of Mid Penn Bank champion many causes across Pennsylvania and are very committed community members. We are all proud of the committee’s work and the positive results it achieves.
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