Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are using their latest project to invest in women who are making a difference in their local community.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Archewell Foundation has partnered with The VING Project to launch a national giving movement that will deliver small grants to women in need and encourage teens to “become philanthropists in their own lives.” This initiative was inspired by Meghan’s Spotify podcast Archetypes in which she, celebrity guests, and experts unpack different labels and stereotypes that have held women back throughout history. As part of the program, teenagers between the ages of 14 and 18 are being asked to nominate a woman in their life who has inspired them and made a difference in their life. If their nominee is chosen, that woman will receive a $1,000 grant she will be able to use as she chooses.
In the announcement for this new project, the Duchess wrote, “Two things that bring me great joy are supporting women and the spirit of giving. With the return of Archetypes, Archewell Foundation and VING have come together to create the perfect combination of these loves.” She continued, “By donating $1 million in grants to women in need, our hope is not to only provide support where it may be felt deepest, but also empower young adults to embrace the gift of giving at an early age. I’m very proud of this partnership and the good we hope to see come from it.”
VING founder Liz Lefkofsky noted that, to date, this movement has already awarded almost $1 million in these $1,000 grants to women nominated by a teen in their life. “We are thrilled to team up with Archewell Foundation to share the love of VING,” she added. “It’s been extraordinary to see the impact of VING on teens across America. We share the joy of philanthropy with Archewell Foundation and are proud to help young people make a difference by giving a financial boost to others who are financially vulnerable.”
Zach Gottlieb, the founder of the organization Talk With Zach, also said in a statement, “I am deeply appreciative of the ability to shine a spotlight on women who need a boost and to surprise them with $1,000 in a time of financial strain. Through the partnership between VING and Archewell Foundation, 1,000 more teens across the country like me will have the experience of changing someone’s life in a meaningful, measurable way.”
The royals’ Archewell Foundation website was also updated with instructions on how to nominate a woman you know for one of these awards. “In honor of Archetypes, we’re partnering with VING Project, a national giving movement, to donate $1,000,000 in $1,000 grants to women who need to be uplifted,” it reads. “But we’re not the philanthropists — you are. If you’re between 14-18 years old and living in the US, we invite you to head to VING to nominate a woman in your life who is in need of a financial boost. You could be chosen to give $1,000 to that person, and make a difference in her life.”
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