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San Diego Women’s Foundation Raises $2,000 for The AjA Project

San Diego County CA— The San Diego Women’s Foundation (SDWF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and inspiring women to engage in collective philanthropy, raised over $2,000 for The AjA Project. The funds were raised at the Foundation’s annual “Holiday Party with a Purpose” celebration. The members-only party was hosted by SDWF board member Carolyn Konecki in her Point Loma home on Thursday, December 6, 2018.

“This traditional SDWF event gives us the opportunity to showcase and support the work of one of our Community Partner organizations,” said Katie Sawyer, Executive Director. “During the holiday gathering, our members connect with each other and provide further support for an organization that changes lives in our community.”

Fifty SDWF members attended the annual holiday celebration and made donations to help The AjA Project purchase photography equipment to help reach more young people through its programs. In June, SDWF provided a $35,000 grant to support The AjA Project’s Girls Eye View Program, which uses photography as a powerful tool to help girls in the juvenile rehabilitation system build self-confidence.

The AjA Project is a nonprofit organization that provides photography-based programs to help transform the lives of youth and communities. This creative programming helps ignite change, break the cycles of marginalization and build strong communities through participatory photography. The AjA Project has provided long-term, community-based programming for more than 3500 individuals and has showcased participants’ work through public exhibits with more than three million viewers.

During the “Holiday Party with a Purpose” event, SDWF also celebrated a year of philanthropy and impact. With 221 current members, SDWF is at its highest membership level since 2008. SDWF also made its first-ever collaborative grants in partnership with Social Venture Partners, to support early childhood education. Grants made in June brought SDWF’s grantmaking total to $3.4 million to support local nonprofits since its founding.