Greenville organization looking to honor ‘SHEroes’, inspirational women


GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) The Greenville Women Giving organization, GWG, is looking to honor women that have been ‘SHEroes’ to the community.

This is part of Greenville Women Giving’s third annual ‘SHEro’ campaign.

Nominations are due by February 16th, click here to be taken to the form.

It’s best to explain what a ‘SHEro’ is.

A ‘SHEro’ is a ‘hero’ but the title has been given a feminine flair.

Since hero starts with ‘he’ in order to make it a female hero title, an ‘S’ has been added to the front, making it ‘SHE’.

Anyone can recognize one, or several women, who have inspired them by making a $50 donation for each individual to the GWG endowment.

This endowment ensures the organization can continually contribute financially to the community in Greenville County.

Connie Lanzl, GWG board member, explained what the honoree receives after the completed nomination.

“A card will be sent to the honoree that explains why they’re listed as a ‘SHEro’, which is our nickname for that person that we’re honoring. The card will explain to them what is a ‘SHEro’ is and how their legacy is going to continue through this gift,” Lanzl said.

She then added how the donation, or gift, is part of a bigger legacy.

“It would allow the endowment to grow and it would be in their honor. So, that their name would be attached to our work and because an endowment goes on in perpetuity, so would their legacy,” Lanzl said.  

GWG’s mission is to fund Greenville County nonprofits that support areas in arts, education, environment, health and human services.

How funds from Greenville Women Giving are used.

Past honoree, Gaye Sprague, said it’s a touching surprise to find out you’ve been nominated.

“It’s not just the importance of recognizing an individual, but being part of something that’s moving our community forward,” Sprague said.

In addition to the financial donation, all honoree names will be published in the Greenville Journal, around International Women’s Day in March.

“It’s important that we take that time to let somebody know that we notice them. We love them. We have observed something that they’ve done in a very informal way,” Sprague said.

There is no limit on the number of nominations one person can give. Both Sprague and Lanzl explained that it’s just about making sure these women know: they’ve made an impact and they matter.

For more information about the Greenville Women Giving organization, click here.

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