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Women in Philanthropy Celebrates Matched Savings Program Graduates & New Members!


Women in Philanthropy Celebrates Matched Savings Program Graduates

On the evening of Tuesday, May 17, Women in Philanthropy members gathered at the Century Club in Scranton to honor the graduates of Women in Philanthropy’s Matched Savings Program. As participants in the Matched Savings Program, these women have worked to improve their lives through financial confidence classes & individual saving goals. Graduates have attended monthly financial confidence classes on topics such as budgeting, credit score repair, purchasing a home, buying or leasing a vehicle, understanding insurance, savings and investment strategies, understanding lease agreements, and recognizing financial abuse. These classes are developed and offered by volunteers, the majority of whom are supporters of Women in Philanthropy.

Matched Savings Program graduates hold their certificates of completion at Women in Philanthropy’s Matched Savings Program graduation. Standing along with the graduates are Laura Ducceschi and Maggie Martinelli of the Scranton Area Community Foundation and Ellen Burkey, chair of Women in Philanthopy’s Matched Savings Program.

About the Matched Savings Program

Since it’s founding in 2016…
  • 99 women have graduated from the program
  • Over $235,000 has been matched
  • Nearly $500,000 total has been saved
  • 1/3 of all women in the program have saved to purchase a home
  • Another 20% of women saved to purchase a car
  • Women have also used the funds to make home repairs, reduce their debt, get an education, establish a business, build their savings, pay for dental restoration, and even cover citizenship fees!

Women in Philanthropy Holds Welcome Luncheon

On Thursday, May 12, Women in Philanthropy supporters gathered at The Colonnade in Scranton to welcome 16 new WIP supporters. The luncheon provided an opportunity for all supporters to learn about WIP’s important efforts to benefit women, girls, and their families in 2022.

Laura Ducceschi, CEO & President of Scranton Area Community Foundation, delivers a welcome address to new and returning WIP members at the Welcome Luncheon.

2022 Calendar of Events

Mark your calendars for these Women in Philanthropy Events happening throughout the second half of 2022:

Spring 2022 Advisory Circle Meetings

From May 23 to June 16, Women in Philanthropy will hold Advisory Circle Meetings via Zoom to discuss important areas of need for women, girls, and families in our communities. All supporters are welcome to register for any and all discussions you wish to attend by clicking the links below:

Civic Engagement & Advocacy Advisory Circle Meeting June 8, 2022; 12:00 PM Register

Health & Wellness Advisory Circle Meeting June 10, 2022; 12:00 PM Register

Affordable & Attainable Housing Advisory Circle Meeting June 16, 2022; 12:00 PM Register


Upcoming Women in Philanthropy Events

Civic Engagement & Advocacy Roundtable More information to be announced soon

Summer Quarterly Meeting & Reception Thursday, August 18; 6:00 PM Registration will open in July

Women in Philanthropy Annual Celebration Thursday, October 13; 6:00 PM Registration will open in September