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Sharing the joy of giving…

WomenConnected is a philanthropic women’s giving circle within the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Foundation where women have the opportunity to combine their charitable contributions and as a group, manage and grant funds to Sarah Bush Lincoln programs and services.

There are two levels of membership. Women donate annual gifts of $500 or $1,000. Membership contributions are pooled together with 75 percent used to provide grants, the other 25 percent into a temporarily restricted endowment that can be used if a specific need arises at Sarah Bush Lincoln. Some SBL programs and services funded include cardiovascular screenings, nursing education, nutrition counseling for overweight children and diabetes programs. Since its inception in 2003, WomenConnected has granted more than $582,373.91 to SBL.

In FY19, WomenConnected awarded $49,220.86 in grants to SBL programs. The following were the awards:

  • Peace Meal – Toledo - $700.00
  • Peace Meal – Mattoon - $1,000.00
  • Adult Dental Hygiene Kits - $580.00
  • Healthy Kids – Fitness Equipment - $1,000.00
  • Healthy Kids – Healthy Hero Challenge - $4,300.00
  • Body Electric – Bullying/Social Media safety - $3,600.00
  • Dental Services – Preventive/Restorative Fund - $21,609.86
  • Dental Services – Oral Hygiene Kits - $3,000.00
  • Center for Healthy Living Scholarships - $1,200.00
  • W&C Bereavement Program  - $1,000.00
  • Heart Center Pledge (1 of 2) - $10,000.00  ($10,000 in FY20)

WomenConnected meets six times per year with three of those being a members-only “Lunch with the CEO” with SBL President & CEO Jerry Esker.

If you would like to learn more about WomenConnected or to join, please contact Amy Card in the SBL Health Foundation at 217/ 258-2511.


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