Let the LOIs Begin!

Now through October 5, 2016, Women’s Impact Fund is accepting Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) from eligible non-profits for our 2016-17 grants cycle. Since its inception in 2003, WIF’s donated more than $4.5 million in high impact grants to 59 different initiatives & programs serving Mecklenburg County. High-impact grants ranging from $40,000 to $100,000 will be awarded to 5 community organizations next May…




Bringing Everyone Home

This year’s Social Hour for Social Issues panel discussion focused on solutions to homelessness in Charlotte.  “Bringing Everyone Home: Understanding the problems and solutions to Homelessness in Charlotte” was sponsored by Moore & Van Allen. For more images from the event, click HERE

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Like Mother, Like Daughter

Rebecca Morris – “My mom is a WIF member and before I even unpacked my boxes upon moving to Charlotte she suggested I consider joining WIF. She said it would be a great way for me to meet civically minded women, learn about my community and do some important work.”

Focus on Impact


The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art’s “School and Community Outreach” program has used its $54,600 grant from WIF to send artists into the community to provide art classes for public school students, incarcerated youth and adults, individuals with developmental disabilities, and individuals with low-to-no-vision…


Mission Moment

School Ready With Art, the recipient of a $76,000 WIF Grant 2015, trains teachers to integrate the arts into core subjects in the preschool curriculum. It is paired with Community School for the Arts’ “Preschool Arts Lab,” which visits classrooms twice a year to lead students in book-related arts activities…
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Our Impact

The purpose of the Women’s Impact Fund is to maximize women’s leadership in philanthropy by engaging and educating our membership, increasing charitable contributions and strengthening communities through the impact of collective giving. Lucy Murrey honors WIF and its “Impact!” Learn more about the impact we are making by reading about our grantees, past and present, HERE. Read more about our grant recipients in action:  Grantees in Action More in the News: Our Mem­bers Grant Recip­i­ents Phil­an­thropy

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Meet our Members

Meet Sharon Harrington

As Executive Director of Charlotte’s Reading Partners, she leads a non-profit that helps children become lifelong readers by providing individualized instruction with measurable results. Reading Partners envisions a future where all children will have the reading skills to reach their full potential.
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Meet Jane Ratteree

As a former Grants Committee chair, Jane Ratteree is a member of the Grants Leadership Team, which provides guidance and counsel and oversight to on-going grants committee work.  
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Meet Juanita Wade

One difference Juanita found between her current role & previous professional positions is the collective power of the group. Rather than take direction from superiors or be captive to political interests, membership in WIF “allows women to put money on the table and then sit with others to decide who gets it.”
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Meet Betsy Conway

While Betsy is well known in philanthropy circles, people may not know she has her own super power – a photographic memory. It’s a trait she says came in handy when she was in school. She is also a huge Tarheels fan, a tennis player and avid reader…
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Meet Pam Harris-Young

When Pam and her husband decided to launch their own businesses, they had this life-changing thought: Let’s live in a place where we really want to be.  
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Meet Karen Keatley

As a rational rather than blind optimist, Karen’s favorite quote is “Retain faith that you will prevail in the end, regardless of the difficulties, and at the same time, confront the most brutal facts of your current realities, whatever they might be.”
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Meet Sonja Nichols

“Most people are shocked that I ride a Harley Davidson motorcycle. I bought my husband his first Harley, but he didn’t have a riding buddy. So I literally took a motorcycle class at CPCC, and he bought me a bike.”
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Meet Jill Dinwiddie

When asked to describe herself, Jill Dinwiddie thinks for just a few seconds before she replies: “I am a passionate, dedicated, feminist leader.” At 74 years young, Jill has led a life of leadership in many arenas, from higher education, to government, business…
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