The Power of the Purse, a women’s giving circle established with Legacy Regional Community Foundation, is accepting grant applications from area nonprofit organizations that align with their mission “to better the lives of women and children in Cowley County.” The deadline for submission is Sept. 30.

Power of the Purse has given $230,008 in grants and scholarships since the giving circle was established in 2007. POP operates by combining membership contributions to form a fund from which grants are awarded.

“The help that POP provides to us is invaluable. The families in our programs are learning skills that are changing their lives and their futures with personal support and hard work. POP has been a major supporter of our efforts,” said Gayle McPherson, director of Eagle Nest, Inc., who provides oversight for the Cowley Cares Coalition in Winfield. 

Grant funding was provided in 2019 to Angels in the Attic, Circles of Cowley County, Cowley Cares Coalition, Arkansas City Early Bird Lions/People for People, Arkansas City Soroptimist Sock Project Plus, REACH, Family Life Services, and Wichita Family Crisis Center serving Cowley County.

“We share a mission with POP to help women and girls in our community. Their financial gifts enable our volunteers to do more projects with more people and we appreciate their efforts,” said Blanche Schmidt, Soroptimist of Arkansas City president.

For membership information or a grant application, call Legacy at (620) 221-7224.

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