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Women's Giving Circle

KCC Foundation Women's Giving Circle logoWomen have always strengthened their communities through gifts of time, talent and treasure. At the end of the 20th century, women’s giving circles grew because women had new-found capacity for philanthropy.

The word “giving” in giving circles is used because women think of themselves as givers. These groups are called “circles” because women relate to non-hierarchical, egalitarian and inclusive models. 

Source: Women’s Giving Circles, Reflections from the Founders, by Sondra Shaw Hardy for the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

100 women give $1,000 to raise $100,000

The KCC Foundation Women’s Giving Circle changes lives and creates opportunity for KCC students.

We are seeking 100 donors who will give $1,000 annually. We also are grateful for any gift.
The giving levels are: $1,000 Endeavor  •  $500 Empower  •  $100 Educate

This new initiative was created to offer resources to students who need additional support, and provides support such as child care, increased access to technology and help following the loss of job or other life changes that prevent completion of college.

Why should I help?

  • Your support will educate students who face barriers to achieving a certificate or degree
  • When you invest in students, you empower them to be successful
  • Your gift creates a path for students to endeavor to achieve more and enhance our community.

Recipients will be grateful for your gift and will have a personal understanding of the power of philanthropy. Of KCC students, 60 percent are female, and their average age is 31. Many of these women balance family and work with attending college part-time. After being away from the classroom for so long, they face challenges such as  regaining confidence in their abilities, finding resources and overcoming anxieties. In the end, when a woman advances her life, it makes a difference for her, her children and the entire community.

How will the funds be used?

Once the Women's Giving Circle fund reaches $20,000, it will begin to distribute grants to students who are referred by a faculty member. Potential student needs:

  • Childcare/eldercare
  • Family crisis
  • Technology
  • Medical emergencies
  • Books
  • Tuition 

All grant requests are reviewed by the Office of Financial Aid and the Office of the Registrar to ensure that students have no other means of assistance and are in good academic and behavioral standing. 

Make a gift

Please make a gift in support of the Women's Giving Circle. Complete the online giving form or contact the KCC Foundation. All contributions are tax deductible under the provisions of §501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Please complete electronically or manually, save a copy, print and mail the giving form to:
KCC Foundation
100 College Drive
Kankakee, IL 60901

For more information, call Kelly Myers, executive director of the KCC Foundation, at 815-802-8260 or email