Women philanthropists honored

Author: Mendoza College

Carolyn Woo, dean of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, told attendees at the Porter County Community Foundation's Women's Tea that she is "inspired by all of you tending to each other."

Woo recognized the work of Impact Porter County, a women's giving circle associated with the Porter County Community Foundation, at the annual fundraiser. This year's tea raised more than $67,000 to benefit the Women's Fund.

"This is not just an investment in the Women's Fund, but a demonstration of the power of women's philanthropy," said Lee Lane, a local attorney and Impact Porter County member.

Since Impact Porter County's inception in 2007, more than $300,000 has been raised. Earlier this year, Hilltop Neighborhood House was awarded a $45,000 Women's Fund grant.

Each year women are invited to support the Impact Porter County mission with a contribution to the Women's Fund. The goal is to raise $100,000 annually. Half is given away each year in a "high-impact" grant; the other half is endowed through the Women's Fund at the Porter County Community Foundation.

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