Every year in May, the Young Women's League of New Canaan donates all of the money in its Giving Fund. This year, the YWL gave $75,000 to area nonprofits whose missions are to help others.

The YWL's 2011-12 giving theme was Strengthening the World Through Women. All 17 grant recipients made requests to the YWL to fund projects supporting this theme. Requests varied from technology to education and employment support services.

YWL members worked throughout the year, hosting several major fundraising events, among them the Holiday Market and the Easter Egg Hunt, both of which take place at Waveny House. The American Girl Fashion Show and Couture for a Cause bookended the YWL fundraising calendar.

For more information, visit ywlnewcanaan.org.

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