Who is a SHEro?

For a young child, it could be a mother, sister, grandmother or aunt. And as the world expands, perhaps a teacher, doctor, church leader or coach who encourages dreams and becomes an inspiration. Later, inspiration is everywhere – a friend, daughter or daughter-in-law, and the list goes on.  2020 was unique. In this year of the pandemic, we saw countless women who sustained our community – working to make our lives healthier, safer, and easier in a difficult time. Each one can be a  Covid SHEro. We may not know them well or even know their names. They are working-mom-now-homeschooler, supermarket employees, caregivers, healthcare professionals, teachers and many more.

How will the SHEroes be honored?

In the May 7 issue of Greenville Journal, there will be a full page listing every SHEro and the person who is honoring or memorializing her. For example,

          Susan Smith, Mother of Alice Smith
          Ellen Woods, RN, recognized by Emily Fox
          Cashiers at McBee Publix, recognized by Mary Stevens

Note: Special recognition of Covid SHEroes will include a  next to their names.

Each woman you recognize will receive a card informing her (or a designee) of this recognition made in her honor.

Is honoring a SHEro limited to GWG members?

No. Any woman or man who wishes to honor a SHEro can participate. For example,

Virginia Brown, Mother of Robert Brown

More about Greenville Women Giving

Founded in 2006, GWG has invested over $6.5 million in 82 Greenville County non-profits in Arts, Education, Environment, Health, and Human Services. In May GWG will award grants (expected to total $500,000) in these five areas to local organizations which have been impacted by the pandemic. SHEro donations will be divided between this grant fund and the GWG Endowment, established to continue the positive impact of women’s collective giving in our community.

GWG Endowment

GWG is an important part of the philanthropic fabric of Greenville County. The endowment has two objectives, (1) to help ensure the current level of participation in perpetuity and (2) to allow for contributing to community needs that do not fall into the annual grant cycle. The management and investment of the GWG Endowment is overseen by the Finance and Investment Committee of the Community Foundation of Greenville.