THE ROYAL NEIGHBORS FOUNDATION

Know Your Worth® Grant

We may not always appreciate our true worth as a spouse, parent, friend, or employee, but we can gauge our financial worth. To help women realize their dreams of financial security and personal fulfillment, the Foundation created its Know Your Worth® grant program.

Our Know Your Worth grant is designed to empower women to continue to build on their financial value as they expand an existing small business or create a start-up with less than five employees where access to traditional sources of capital and lending are limited or non-existent. One recipient is selected annually to receive a $10,000 grant. Recipients then pay it forward by sharing the lessons they learn with future grant recipients.


Know Your Worth Guidelines

  • Must be a female 18 years of age or older
  • Must expand an existing small business or create a start-up with
    less than five employees*
  • Nominees can be Royal Neighbors members or non-members
    (self-nominations are accepted)
  • Awarded based on business plan, goals, and community service
*Access to traditional sources of capital and lending are limited or non-existent












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Royal Neighbors Foundation - Know Your Worth Grant 2018

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Mary Staver, President of the Royal Neighbors Foundation, at left,
and Gail Griffith at right.

Meet our 2018 winner


Gale Griffith, Sherrard, Illinois, was selected as the Royal Neighbors Foundation’s 2018 Know Your Worth® grant recipient for her business venture, Vecina.

Vecina, which means “neighbor” in Spanish, will serve as a workspace for women to conduct business, network, and share knowledge. The business aims to provide women from different backgrounds space to not only grow professionally, but personally.

"Everybody does something different in my group and they all have great ideas and a big support group and that's what a lot of people don't have. And we're hoping some of our ideas can help some other people," Gale says.

The $10,000 grant will help Gale pursue additional services and amenities for the complex such as shipping services for products and conference room hourly rentals for non-members.

Gale is passionate about creating resources, opportunities, and initiatives for the advancement of women at Vecina.


The Royal Neighbors Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that provides financial education and supports causes that empower women and their families.
The Royal Neighbors Foundation reserves the right to review the conditions and procedures of all Foundation programs; to make changes at any time, including termination of the programs; and to determine whether any or all of the program funds will be awarded.

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