Lantern League: a Women’s Giving Circle

Lighting the Way for Women and Girls Through Education

Lantern LeagueEducation is an opportunity. For young women, education can be a lifeline - giving them a voice and empowering them to take charge of their future.
Lantern League is a women’s giving circle that pools its charitable gifts to fund educationally-oriented projects and programs for women and girls within the greater Bay Area. With just a few meetings a year, our group is ideal for philanthropic women who are short on time and want to make a big impact for local non-profits.
In 2022 and 2017, we were the recipient of the Outstanding Philanthropic Organization Award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Silicon Valley Chapter. The generosity of Lantern League members has enabled us to support dozens of organizations since 2006 with more than $1.4 million in grants.

Grant Recipients

A variety of organizations received funding in 2024. In total, $59,200 was awarded: 
$32,000 in grant funding; $27,200 granted to Presentation High School.

BAWSI - Leadership Accelerator for Girls through Sport - $7,500


BAWSI mobilizes the women's sports community to engage, inspire, and empower girls from under-resourced neighborhoods and children with disabilities through sports. Our free programs level the playing field so that ALL kids have access to play. The grant will provide funding for BAWSI Girls program to bring sports and leadership activities to girls from under-resourced neighborhoods at 11 elementary school sites in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.

Eating Disorders Resource Center - Support Towards Recovery, Getting Connected, Be-You-tiful Campaign $5,000 


Founded in 2006, the mission of Eating Disorders Resource Center (EDRC) is to increase awareness and understanding of eating disorders for the general public and for health care professionals; to promote early diagnosis, effective treatment, and recovery; and to advocate for mental health parity legislation and effective insurance coverage.

Hope Services- Support for Mothers of Young Children with a Developmental Disability or Delay $7,500


Hope Services’ mission is to improve the quality of life for people with developmentaldisabilities and mental health needs. The Homestart program serves infants/young children at-risk for, or diagnosed with, a developmental disability or delay, and their families, utilizing a parent coaching model to ensure parents receive tools to facilitate their child’s unique development. Our LCSW helps establish routines promoting parental self-care to optimize their interaction and bonding with their child.

Peninsula College Fund - PCF College & Career Wraparound Services - $7,000


The mission of PCF is to empower low-income, first-generation college students to graduate and obtain a job that aligns with their career goals. Our Vision is to transform lives so communities can break the poverty cycle and achieve institutional change via equitable education and socio-economic outcomes. The funding will help support Scholar Onboarding Activities, Scholar Coaching, mentors, training, and Internship assistance. 

Our Lady of Grace Nativity  - Graduate Support Program $5,000


Sacred Heart Nativity School for boys and Our Lady of Grace Nativity School for girls are urban Catholic middle schools. In partnership with the Society of Jesus, the Diocese of San Jose, and the Parish of Sacred Heart, the schools seek to lay the foundation for young women and men to succeed in college prep high school programs, in college, and beyond. The schools are dedicated to providing a Catholic education for students of low-income families with priority given to families of the Sacred Heart Parish community. In the Jesuit tradition, Nativity students are encouraged to deepen their relationship with God as they become women and men for others.

Presentation High School: $27,200 in grant funding

Funding will be used for scholarships and activity fees for girls who would otherwise not be able to afford tuition. Presentation delivers a well-rounded, faith-based experience, including academic excellence, award-winning teams and clubs, and individualized support where all are welcome.



Upcoming Events


We are preparing for our 2024-2025 giving season please check back for more information.

Contact Us


For more information or questions about Lantern League please email us at: 

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Lantern League
c/o Presentation High School
2281 Plummer Avenue
San Jose, CA 95125.
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