Royal Neighbors of America empowers women and improves communities through philanthropy programs, such as Nation of NeighborsSM. Nation of Neighbors awards grants to support initiatives that advance the interests of women or girls.
Royal Neighbors member and Stitching a Legacy founder, McKara Caldwell shares our values.
At a young age, McKara, of Viola, Illinois, was inspired to make a difference. She organized a sew-a-thon to create hand-made dresses for girls in need who may not have the opportunity to wear fashionable clothing otherwise. McKara, now a freshman at Indiana Wesleyan University, grew the sew-a-thon into a non-profit organization, Stitching a Legacy. McKara and her committed team of volunteers have made and gifted nearly 1,000 dresses to girls in group homes, domestic violence shelters, refugee safe places and hospitals.
Royal Neighbors awarded a $5,000 Nation of Neighbors grant to McKara to help her grow Stitching a Legacy and uplift more girls in more communities. McKara plans to use her grant funds to create a web site and broaden her advertising reach.
Royal Neighbors of America is honored to help McKara leave a legacy of improving young girls’ lives, one dress at a time.
To become a member of Royal Neighbors of America and nominate our next Nation of Neighbor recipient, call us at (855) 243-4823.
The Nation of Neighbors℠ Program provides financial assistance to individuals who have a plan to start or expand a business, organization, or group that helps women and/or girls in their community. Examples of past grant winners’ initiatives include: a daycare center; an organization building awareness of human trafficking; the R-E-A-D group (Rejuvenating Excellence & Accomplishing Dreams) designed to help young girls prepare for college; and an organization that provides educational and networking opportunities for female entrepreneurs.
In 2017, $100,000 in grant money was distributed through the Nation of Neighbors Program, and nearly $2 million has been awarded to grant recipients since the program began in 2007. Nation of Neighbors recipients must be nominated by a Royal Neighbors member, but nominees do not have to be a member to receive the grant.