The NBCUniversal Foundation, in partnership with the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations including WCAU, Channel 10, in Philadelphia, provided $1.2 million in grants in 10 markets for local non-profit organizations including Business and Professional Women’s Foundation (BPW/Foundation), which received a $25,000 grant for its work with women who have served our country, such as women veterans, military/veteran spouses and caregivers of wounded warriors.
BPW Foundation’s free career development and mentoring program, Joining Forces Mentoring Plus, is based on a “Working Women Helping Women Work®” model, to support the career transition of women veterans, military/veteran spouses and caregivers of wounded warriors. NBCUniversal Foundation recognized BPW Foundation as addressing emerging and ongoing community challenges in new and creative ways.
Representing BPW Foundation in accepting the grant from NBCUniversal Foundation was BPW Foundation Board President Roslyn Ridgeway and Business Development Director Mary Ann Sack.
“Business and Professional Women’s Foundation is proud and grateful to accept this generous grant from the NBCUniversal Foundation, in partnership with the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations including WCAU in Philadelphia. These funds will directly support women veterans, military/veteran spouses, and caregivers of wounded warriors as they make the transition to successful rewarding careers,” Ridgeway said.
Joining Forces Mentoring Plus is a free “High-Tech High-Touch” national mentoring program using both one-on-one contact and a sophisticated on-line platform of resources for this deserving cohort of women. Joining Forces Mentoring Plus is based on a career development model that can be used by women of all ranks, eras, and skill levels. Mentorships and resources extend beyond job attainment to support job retention and career advancement.
BPW/Foundation (www.bpwfoundation.org) has a legacy dating back to 1919 and was the first foundation dedicated to conducting research and providing information on working women. The mission of BPW Foundation is to promote systematic change in the workplace by strengthening the capacity of organizations and businesses to create environments that are inclusive and value the skills and contributions of working women, empowering them to achieve their full potential.
Working women in the suburban Philadelphia area interested in becoming part of the BPW organization, should contact contact Denice Robinson, BPW/PA membership chair at www.bpwpa.org or District XI (Central Montgomery, Conshohocken, Souderton-Telford, Quakertown and Upper Perkiomen) Director Donna Jones at 610-216-2189 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for membership information and for details on the BPW Joining Forces Mentoring Plus program.