CONTACT: Susan Mostek,
Executive Director
Phone: (484) 356-0940


That is precisely the question the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls has asked of more than 100 high school girls during the past eleven years. The Fund is currently accepting applications for its award-winning Girls Advisory Board (GAB) program. Applications are available online at and will be accepted until Monday, June 6th. The Fund is looking for high school girls entering their sophomore or junior year in the fall of 2016. Girls must live in Chester County to be admitted into the program and can participate for up to two years in the GAB program.

One of only a few in the nation, the Girls Advisory Board is a unique girls grantmaking program in which 20 local girls gain the opportunity to award $20,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations that help other young women in Chester County. During the past eleven years, GAB has awarded over $200,000 to agencies who through innovative services target the needs of women and girls faced by issues such as poverty, illiteracy, violence, homelessness, mental illness, teen pregnancy and substance abuse. From September to December 2016, GAB members will learn about and discuss community needs, create their own grant application, review proposals, conduct site visits and work together as a group to award grants to the organizations they feel best address their identified priorities.

Nearly every public, private and parochial high school in Chester County has been represented on GAB. Girls have helped the Fund for Women and Girls raise awareness of the issues girls and young women face daily in communities across the county. The Girls Advisory Board:

• Has awarded 70 grants to organizations working on behalf of girls. These grants have helped organizations across Chester County start new projects, provide training and leadership opportunities, and reach out to diverse populations.

• Was awarded the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Greater Philadelphia Chapter. This award has previously recognized youth philanthropy projects such as Alex’s Lemonade Stand and Youthadelphia.

Applications will be accepted via the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls’ website at until Monday, June 6th. Please contact Michelle Legaspi Sanchez with any questions about the application process at

The Chester County Fund for Women and Girls leads and unites the community through philanthropy and advocacy to ensure that women and girls have resources and opportunities to THRIVE. For more than 18 years, the Fund has raised awareness about the critical needs of women and girls, and has awarded over $2 million to 65 non-profit organizations. To learn more about the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls, visit


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