Message from Our Board Chair: Arrington Mixon

August, 2018

Dear Friends,

The new Vision of Women’s Impact Fund is powerful: A community of philanthropic women impacting the world.

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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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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 our first grant to be awarded, it was transformational for our organization, Pat’s Place and, most importantly, for our community…


Our Inaugural Annual Report

Learn more about our impact in the Women’s Impact Fund’s first Annual Report!

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Our Impact

The mission of Women’s Impact Fund is to strengthen communities by maximizing women’s leadership in philanthropy through collective giving, education and engagement.

Lucy Murrey honors Women’s Impact Fund 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

Read our 2017-2018 Annual Report.

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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 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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