Women & Wisdom

A packed house turned out for “Land of Opportunity??? What’s Next for Charlotte?” Along with our event sponsor Rinehart Wealth & Investment Advisory, we were pleased to offer a platform for community stakeholders to discuss and be on the forefront of the conversation as the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force prepares their findings and recommendations…

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Pat's Place 2017 Spotlight Award Winner!

Women’s Impact Fund is happy and honored that former grantee Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center received 1 of 3 Spotlight Awards at WCGN‘s 6th Leadership Forum in Jacksonville, Florida, this week.  Accepting the award were WIF members Barbara Holt, Deborah Majewski, Board Chair Anne Essaye and Operations Manager Jessica Klasinski…


Getting to Know WIF Member...

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


Being Brave, Not Perfect

“My goal for this year is to have bravery be the lens through which we view ourselves, our organization, and the nonprofits we decide to fund,” 2016-2017 Board Chair Anne Essaye 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

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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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 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 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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