The Philanthropy Connection, launched earlier this year, has enlisted 130 women and completed its first round of grants, awarding $26,000 each to five nonprofits providing services to women, families, children, and young adults.
The charity will launch another round of fund-raising next month, with the aim of increasing the network to 200 women donating a combined $200,000.
The Philanthropy Connection targets nonprofits with annual operating budgets of less than $4 million. The key attraction for donors, according to a member survey conducted in June, is they get to ensure that their contributions go to effective organizations.
They do this through a rigorous, yearlong selection process, which allows members to evaluate and collectively hand-pick the most worthy organizations, while learning about issues affecting their communities. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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