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December 2023 Newsletter
As we bid farewell to another remarkable year, we are thrilled to share with you the highlights of 100 Women Strong’s journey throughout the past twelve months.  The unwavering support of our leadership team, members and the Central Florida community has been instrumental in making 2023 a year filled with growth, empowerment, and meaningful impact.
Here are just a few highlights from the past year…
In January: Empowering Start to the Year
100 Women Strong (100WS) launched the 2023 Winter Park Professional Women’s Speaker Series with a presentation delivered by immediate past chair, Jessa Rohloff, on strategic philanthropy and the root-cause approach to collective grantmaking.
In March: Celebrated Women’s History Month at our Grant Celebration
100 Women Strong and community members gathered at Orlando Art Museum to celebrate our 2023 grant: an up to $80,000 investment over two years into a local nonprofit, Early Learning Shared Services Alliance (ELSSA). This grant is currently supporting the development of a workforce pipeline of qualified childcare teachers in Central Florida.
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In May: Women’s Economic Empowerment Summit
We hosted our first full-day summit dedicated to Women’s Economic Empowerment. Almost 200 women gathered at the Winter Park Events Center to hear expert panelists and keynote speakers. We held interactive discussions and celebrated progress in the Central Florida community.
In August: Annual Backpack Drive Gives Back to Central Florida Schools
We hosted our 2nd annual backpack drive where members packed backpacks full of school supplies and wrote encouraging notes to students ahead of the new school year. All items were donated to Orange County Public Schools for children in need of school supplies.
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In October: Annual Halloween Good Works Social
The 8th year of this annual event hosted by legacy member, Avani Desai, was a huge success! 100 Women Strong members donated items and packed over 500 bags for children at Orlando Health hospitals over the Halloween holiday.
In October, we also hosted our first table for TableTalk and heard from past grant recipients at our Members' Sizzler.
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In November: Year-End Member Breakfast
This annual gathering culminated the year by expressing gratitude to our newest members and engaging with current members as we plan the year ahead. 
In 2023, we welcomed many new members, granted $80,000 back into the community, hosted 10 monthly breakfasts, 5 member lunches, 3 happy hours and 2 community events.
100 Women Strong is immensely grateful for your continued support, commitment, and passion for our mission. As we look forward to the new year, we remain steadfast in our dedication to empowering women and children in Central Florida to create positive change.
Wishing you a joyous holiday season and a prosperous new year!
Warm regards,
Taz Tharoo (Chair) & Heather Mount (Chair-Elect)
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Keep an eye out for our Grant Celebration details! This event will take place on the evening of Thursday, January 25th, which is just around the corner, so be sure to mark your calendars.
During this event, you can:
✔ help us celebrate our 2024 grantee.
✔ learn more about the 100 Women Strong initiative.
✔ get to know 100 Women Strong members and supporters.
Stay tuned for more details!
research & grants update
Dear Community,
In the warmth of this holiday season, and as the 100WS Research and Grants Team Chair, I am delighted to report a series of exciting moments this past month.
In November, after thorough consideration, our Research and Grant Team recommended a grant that would support a program that helps mitigate the 'Cliff Effect" to the full 100WS membership. This program reflects our commitment to fostering women's growth through pivotal knowledge and support. It's a significant step forward in our mission, and we eagerly anticipate the positive changes it will bring.
The 100 Women Strong membership unanimously endorsed the Research and Grant Team recommendation. This allowed us to officially present our recommendation to the Central Florida Foundation Board of Directors for approval.
At its December meeting, the Central Florida Foundation Board of Directors ratified our choice unanimously for our 2024 grant.
We can't wait to share more details with you!
A resounding Thank You to our Research and Grant Team: JoEllen Ross, Allie Yadav, Kathy Rovito, Krystal Morris, Mia Poinsette, Molly Yuska, Susan Arkin, Zohra Savja, Renuka Sastri, and Leslie Hartog. Your dedication is truly the backbone of our success. Our deep gratitude also goes to our Central Florida Foundation advisors, Sandi Vidal and Alissa Mahadeo, for their unwavering support.
Let me finish by warmly thanking each of our members. Together, we've woven a tapestry of commitment and community that truly embodies the season of giving!
Happy Holidays!
Patricia Burlaud
100 Women Strong Research & Grants Team, Chair
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Join us for our monthly Members & Friends Breakfasts at The Glass Knife in Winter Park! All are welcome. Begins at 8:00am. Dutch treat.
Please RSVP.
Upcoming Dates:

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You're invited to a conversation that examines how the independent sector contributes and interacts with religion in our community. Topics will include the faith community's giving trends, philanthropic values & religion, and generational giving shifts.
✔ Rabbi David Kay, Interfaith Council of Central Florida
✔ Leah Donelan McDermott, Florida Nonprofit Alliance
✔ Archbishop Allen T.D. Wiggins, The Hope Church
✔ Imam Muhammad Musri, PhD, Islamic Society of Central Florida
Moderator: Mark Brewer, Central Florida Foundation

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