Getting to Know WIF Member...

SANDRA CONWAY — The biggest problem facing Charlotte today?   “For me, it’s the massive educational inequity in Charlotte. If we don’t give children a start that is equitable, long term we will never be a healthy community,” Conway says…

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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

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…

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Multiplication?!?

Did you know that our grant dollars often not only fund the projects for which they were awarded, but also generate additional support for the organizations that receive them? Here are two such examples.

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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 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 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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