The WIGs is part of the Essex Federation of Women's Institutes, a registered charity, and as such is a not for profit organisation. Running costs are funded from membership subscriptions and monthly fundraising activities.
As well as our own fundraising we also raise funds for other charities – chosen by our members on an annual basis. During the past 6 years we have raised over £5,500 for our nominated charities which have included: Autism Anglia, Colchester MIND, St Helena’s Hospice, Centre for Action on Rape & Abuse (CARA); Essex Air Ambulance, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Colchester General Hospital Breast Care & Cardiac Units.
During 2018/9 we will be raising funds for GO4, the original social enterprise providing coffee and food with a conscience. GO4 works with anyone irrespective of their background and seeks to support anyone who is unemployed and seeking to develop personally, improve their skills and overcome disadvantages they experience.
In 2017/8 we raised over £900.00 for Autism Anglia, a charity which enhances the lives of people on the autistic spectrum in East Anglia by holding a number of events/fundraisers, including our Annual Quiz & Raffle. Further information on this year's quiz will be posted nearer the time.