Kelly Marie Lehman, a member of the women’s group and Joe’s wife, nominated the two giving circles as Dayton Daily News Community Gems. Such large, collaborative donations are a blessing to the charities who are awarded them.
“For a small charity, it can really make a difference,” she said.
The first 100+ giving group was in Michigan, and they have since spread throughout the country. Still, Kelly Marie Lehman often meets people who have never heard of the groups.
The women’s group, which has 250 members, has raised more than $1 million for charities since it began in 2007, said Pam Browning, who is part of the executive board.
The group is inspiring, uplifting and exemplifies the power of the collective, said Browning, 59, of Oakwood.
“It’s just a beautiful, simple way to give back to the community,” she said.