GIVEN Annual Report

the gift.


Every year young adult women apply and are selected to attend the annual GIVEN Catholic Young Women’s Leadership Forum.

The GIVEN Forum is designed to help young adult Catholic women with a heart for mission and an aptitude for leadership identify their particular gifts and find practical pathways to put them in the service of the Gospel. Acceptance to a GIVEN cohort includes a year of one-on-one mentorship after the Forum, when women grow in leadership skills as they implement an Action Plan. We are grateful to Archbishop Perez and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for their support to host the Forum there in 2022. 


From 50 dioceses
From 32 states
And 3 international countries:
UK, Canada, and Singapore


29 Entrepreneurial
22 Catholic Professional
21 Care for the Human Person
17 Artistic
15 Secular Professional


59 Mentors
49 Volunteers, including 14 GIVEN Alumnae
Mentors and Volunteers: 50% lay, 50% consecrated
27 Religious communities and forms of consecrated life represented
11 communities were new to the Forum in 2022


On leaving the GIVEN Forum each attendee departs with an action plan, is assigned a mentor, and begins her Art of Accompaniment Mentoring Year.

GIVEN alumnae take what they have learned at the leadership Forum and leave with an Action Plan in hand. That plan is meant to put their gifts in service of the Gospel within a particular community.

The Action Plan can be large- or small-scale, but all Action Plans are new initiatives that benefit others. Through their attendance at the Forum and participation in GIVEN’s year-long leadership training program, cohort members learn how to activate the gifts that God has given them and offer the gift that only they can give. 

  • August

    Begin Art of Accompaniment Mentoring Year

  • Sept - March

    Monthly meetings to develop and implement Action Plans

  • April

    End Art of Accompaniment Mentoring Year

  • May

    Launch of Action Plans and officially a GIVEN Alumna


The young women who have participated in the Forum and mentorship year have overwhelmingly reported how powerful the GIVEN experience has been in their lives.

86% of 2019 alumnae said that their experience at the Forum ...influenced their educational and professional pursuits.​
86% of 2019 alumnae said that their experience at the Forum...
...influenced their educational and professional pursuits.​ 86%
98% said that what they learned at the Forum has remained relevant in their lives.
98% said that what they learned at the Forum...
...has remained relevant in their lives. 98%
92% said that Forum helped them in their discernment.
92% said that...
...Forum helped them in their discernment. 92%
100% said that they would recommend GIVEN to a friend.
100% said that they...
...would recommend GIVEN to a friend. 100%

success and support

Three 2021 Alumnae were chosen to enter the semifinals of the 2022 OSV Innovation Challenge, and their Action Plans were celebrated at the 2022 GIVEN Forum during the annual Catholic Female Leaders Celebration night. These women were first identified by their GIVEN mentors and then chosen by an independent review committee for their innovation, passion and embodiment of their gifts.

They will each receive $10,000 from GIVEN benefactors and continue to grow their idea through the OSV Challenge and the resources it offers, with the goal of having the chance to pitch their idea in the finals and the possibility of being awarded $100,000 in funding. We’re so pleased to have nourished them through the GIVEN Forum and the Art of Accompaniment Mentoring Year, and now we celebrate them and this next season in their journey of discovering the gift that only they can give.

Astounding Glory

Hope Acquilano
Astounding Glory seeks to make the fullness of God’s healing accessible to survivors of sexual abuse by empowering those who are channels of God’s healing as well as providing resources and support for sexual abuse survivors. They believe the fullness of hope, healing, and freedom is found in Our Lord, through the treasures of The Church, and allows survivors to exclaim, like Saint Augustine, “In my deepest wound I saw Your Glory, and it astounded me!”

The Hildegard Collective

Cecilia Leskowicz The Hildegard Collective connects Catholic musicians both online and at in-person events, provides formation in applying the Catholic faith to their craft, and supports new musical endeavors across genres that glorify God, explicitly or implicitly.

Bioethics and Dignity Initiative

Clarissa Prisinzano This initiative is a curriculum that brings philosophy and bioethics to Catholic high schools. Once implemented into the classroom, schools are encouraged to foster "youth advocacy groups" and the possibility of a pro-life and pro-dignity sexual education curriculum. The goal is to equip students with resources rooted in proper Christian anthropology and instill the confidence to build up the Culture of Life to sanctify the world!

GIVEN Forum Alumnae also get access to a bundle of benefits to support them and their action plan after the Forum.

Major Sponsors

Thomas and Laraine Harkins
MacDougall Family Charitable Fund
The Pascucci Family Foundation
Cynthia Nickless
The Lynch Family Foundation
Stephen & Maryanne Means Family Foundation
Perry Family Foundation
Diamond Ortiz Family Fund
Robert and Aida MacKay
William Morrell
Eleanore Mullen Weckbaugh Foundation
The Project for Life, Inc.
The Rose Charitable Fund
Therese Bermpohl
Jean Marie Treimanis
Ucero Family Fund

The GIVEN Institute (“GIVEN”) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to activating the gifts of young adult women for the Catholic Church and the world.

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