Seeds of Strength Frequently Asked Questions
We welcome women of all ages and backgrounds who wish to participate in a dynamic charitable organization that seeks to enrich lives in our community through grants to nonprofit organizations serving the greater Georgetown area.
Every member’s contribution goes to the grant fund for the coming year plus a $50 operating fee to offset expenses including postage, web hosting, event costs, and other management expenses. 100% of member donations are tax deductible.
All member contributions are due by the last day in March in order to be eligible to vote for grant awards in the spring of the same year.
Membership forms and payment options are available on our website. Click here to go to the Membership page.
Seeds of Strength hosts four member events annually—in February – Wine/Women/Chocolate & Giving; in April or May – finalists presentations to membership, voting and grant awards ceremony; in September – an Annual Luncheon; in November – a Fall Social.
Guests are welcome at almost all Seeds of Strength events, which will be shown in the event’s invitation sent to all members. However, the annual April/May meeting with finalists presentations to membership, membership voting and the announcement of grant awards is limited to Seeds of Strength members.
Seeds of Strength has five standing committees: Membership, Grants, Compliance, Communication, Events and Technology. Committee descriptions can be found on the website in the ABOUT US pull-down menu.
Please feel free to contact any committee chair directly, or if you do not have her contact information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and you will be put in touch with the appropriate committee chair. (Although we show committee chair names on our website, we do not publish personal email addresses on the website.)
All members are invited to share their unique skills and talents within a committee, if they choose to do so. Members are under no obligation to join a committee.
Nonprofit organizations submit grant proposals to Seeds of Strength at the start of each new grant cycle. Members of the Grants Committee read and evaluate the proposals to determine the finalists. Information about the finalists is provided to the full membership for review prior to voting on grantees. In late April/early May, finalists make brief presentations to the membership, the members vote, the votes are tallied, and grant awards are announced. The number and dollar amount of the annual grants is determined each year by the number of Seeds of Strength members.
Sign up to serve on one of the committees related to grants. Prior to grants being awarded, the Grants Committee reviews grant proposals in order to determine the finalists. After grants have been awarded, the Compliance Committee works with the grant recipients, reviewing progress against the grant proposal.
Key dates for the grant cycle are posted on the website in early November. Nonprofits may obtain application information and materials from the website at that time. Applications are due in January on the date and time specified on the website. The Grants Committee reviews proposals January through March. Finalists are announced to the membership at least 30 days before the annual meeting in April/May, where presentations are made, voting takes place, and grants are awarded.