Women's Giving Circle

About Women's Giving Circle of Defiance County

Our Partnership: The Women's Giving Circle of Defiance County was established in 2011 as a partnership between the United Way of Defiance County and The Defiance Area Foundation. 

Our Purpose: To cultivate women as philanthropic leaders. To educate, inspire, and assist women to become leaders, well informed, self sufficient, and contributing members of society.

Our Mission: To support projects that impact the lives of women and children through: Education, Direct Projects, and Partnerships with other organizations. 

Gift Allocations: The Circle funds two distinct vehicles. One is used for funding annual projects and the other to create a long-term endowment fund. - Although $1 per day or $365 per year is our goal, the Circle welcomes and encourages giving at all levels. 

Benefits of Membership:

  • Participation in an organization of women empowering women.
  • Helping women make strategic and informed decisions about their philanthropy, which allows for greater impact than can happen individually.
  • Invitation to the Circle’s meetings and other special programs.
  • Networking opportunities with people of shared values.
  • Eligibility for membership on the advisory board and standing committees of the Circle.

For more information about the Women’s Giving Circle of Defiance County, please email:

 womensgivingcircledefi@gmail.com or call 419-782-3510.



Interested in Joining?

Fill out a Women's Giving Circle Membership Application here!

All Membership Applications and dues can be mailed to the Women's Giving Circle: 

c/o United Way of Defiance County

608 Clinton Street

Defiance, OH 43512

Already a member and want to pay your dues online?

(To maximize your donation, we encourage members to submit their payment via Check to avoid processing fees)

Women’s Giving Circle Scholarship Fund

The Women’s Giving Circle Scholarship Fund was established to provide an opportunity for personal growth for a female in Defiance County to further her education. This scholarship will be a minimum of $1,000 and made payable directly to the college or university of her choice. Preference will be given to qualified students who have the greatest financial need. This scholarship may be renewable for eligible applicants.

Eligible Applicants:

  • Applicant must have graduated from a Defiance County High School or been a resident of Defiance County for two or more years
  • Will attend either The Defiance College or Northwest State Community College
  • Will be a non-traditional student age 20 or older
  • First preference will be given to a student taking a minimum of six credit hours per semester
  • Any Major is eligible

Applications should be mailed to Defiance Area Foundation, 613 West Third St., Defiance, OH. 43512. Applications will be accepted with a postmark no later than March 31Applications can also be emailed to dani@defianceareafoundation.org by the deadline. 



For those interested in applying for a Women's Giving Circle Grant: