The year 2019 marked numerous milestones for AWEC – graduating the first cohort of entrepreneurs, connecting with the African diplomatic community, growing our Board of Stewards, doubling our roster of Mentors, and expanding our reach to all 54 African countries.
Another 2019 milestone, however, began right at the end of the year. This past December, AWEC launched its inaugural end-of-year giving campaign, a one month fundraising period to support AWEC programming in 2020 and beyond.
The campaign kicked off on December 3 with #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving, and culminated at the end of the calendar year on December 31. During this time, AWEC raised $16,315 from 50 donors spanning across three continents. This global network of donors highlights a key AWEC value – that we can go farther together.
Amongst AWEC’s 2019 donors were program participants and alumnae, who were in the best position to recognize the value of the program and wanted to pay it forward; mentors, who continue to support their mentees beyond giving their time and talent; and AWEC staff members, who know firsthand that the knowledge and network the program provides can be life changing for participants.
If you missed the opportunity to contribute to our end-of-year giving campaign, you can still support AWEC here. Donations – regardless of when they are given – always go directly to support AWEC programming and the empowerment of women entrepreneurs across Africa.
We are extremely grateful to the growing community of AWEC supporters and wish you the best for a happy and healthy 2020!