Social Hour for Social Issues: Women, Race & the Space Between Us

On October 2, WIF members and guests gathered to reflect on what it takes to be catalysts for conversations about race in our community at the Goodwill Opportunity Campus. Special thanks to our event sponsor, Moore & Van Allen!

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Women Give 2017

Thanks to a generous donor, Women’s Impact Fund was a proud sponsor for the national launch of Women Give 2017 on Tuesday, October 17, at Foundation for the Carolinas. Dr. Debra Mesch, director of Women’s Philanthropy Institute, announced the latest research on how charitable giving influences life satisfaction & the role gender plays…

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Getting to Know WIF Board Chair...

DEBORAH MAJEWSKI – The Buffalo, New York, native, who has lived in Charlotte since 1995, sat down with sWIFt to share more about her background, advice for WIF members, and her perfect weekend day…

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Focus on Impact

In June 2004, the Women’s Impact Fund awarded one of its very first grants as an organization to Pat’s Place. Not only was this WIF’s first grant to be awarded, it was transformational for WIF, Pat’s Place and, most importantly, for our community…

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Become a Community Partner!

Interested in having the Women’s Impact Fund recognize your business at our events, through our website and in the media? Become a WIF Community Partner today! Benefits include:
*    Recognition on printed materials, including banners and programs
*    Website publicity through logo placement and live links
*    Free tickets to WIF events

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Music to Our Ears!

“The encouragement from your group planted seeds of love within our musicians’ hearts.  They fully understand the gift your group has given them. Thank you!!!”

~ Mary Lynn Baldwin, MusicalMinds NC, 2016 grantee

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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

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Meet our Members

Meet Sheila Mullen

Sheila approached the Women’s Impact Fund as she has done with her community experience…she researched first. Sheila firmly believes that when women get together they are very powerful, and she quickly observed how WIF positively impacted the lives of those who received its grants…

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Meet Leigh Goodwyn

“I have a conscious affinity for supporting different charities in Charlotte, and viewed Women’s Impact Fund as a way to learn about a lot of charities at one time and have an impact across many fields. Women’s Impact Fund is a wonderful way to be involved in many things…”

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Meet Jhaymee Heinlein

“As I’ve driven around to nonprofits in the area, whether professionally or as part of the site visits we’ve done through the Grants Committee, I’ve first become aware of just how many nonprofits are here and, more importantly, how much many of them have done in the relatively short period of time…”

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Meet Stephanie Chen

When asked about needs in Charlotte, Stephanie immediately points to a health issue she sees almost every day – untreated early dental decay.  She says often parents don’t have the means to get treatment for their children…

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Meet Erica Fenlon

Erica is the owner and founder of CycleSouth, uptown Charlotte’s first boutique indoor cycling (“Spin”) studio which was recently named ‘Best New Workout’ in Charlotte Magazine’s 2016 BOB awards…

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Meet Ann Caulkins

The President & Publisher of the Charlotte Observer was named the 2011 Charlotte BusinessWoman of the Year. Married with two sons ages 14 and 16, she has been a WIF member since 2010…

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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 Laura Maniec

“I appreciate opportunities to learn from successful people whose skillsets differ from mine, and I like to pass along my own knowledge and skills to others in turn, whether that’s through events, wine, or entertaining.”
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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 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 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 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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