About Lantern League
Education is opportunity. For young women, education can be a lifeline – giving them a voice and empowering them to take charge of their future. The Lantern League works to break down barriers that would exclude young women from educational and developmental opportunities – particularly, financial barriers. Specifically, the Lantern League funds programs that improve the quality of life for women and girls within the greater Bay Area.
The Lantern League was founded in 2006 by former Presentation High School principal Mary Miller, and employee Donna Delaney. The giving circle included 9 founding committee members during its first year, and has added a steady stream of members ever since. Since September 2006, the Lantern League has raised more than $1.3 million for the Presentation High School Scholarship fund, and local non-profits.
As our name suggests, the Lantern League hopes to be a guiding light for women and girls – to
spark change and ignite opportunity by funding educational and developmental programs.
The Lantern League name is inspired by Nano Nagle – who founded the Sisters of the Presentation religious order. Nagle was a native of County Cork, Ireland who came from a very wealthy family. She became increasingly concerned about the plight of the poor in her country – especially poor children who were denied education under the English-imposed Penal Laws. Under the law, Catholic teachers risked fines and imprisonment – so Nagle established schools in secret – often under cover of night. As a result, she was often seen in the streets carrying a lantern.
Like Nano Nagle, the Lantern League hopes to be a beacon of hope – bringing light where there is darkness.