CHARLOTTE, N.C. (July 28, 2014) – The Women’s Impact Fund, a Charlotte – based, collective-giving organization with 400 female community leaders, has granted five local nonprofits a combined $380,100 to address critical community needs. The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Child Care Resources Inc., TreesCharlotte, Barium Springs Home for Children and The Salvation Army are this year’s grant recipients. Through a competitive application process, which generated more than 100 entries, grant recipients were evaluated in an extensive member-led review process followed by a general membership vote.
“Funding these worthy organizations is a testament to the nonprofits’ mission as well as the Women’s Impact Fund’s commitment to strengthen our community through collective giving,” said Jeanette Sims, outgoing Chairwoman of the Board. “Since 2003, these dynamic women have provided 49 grants totaling more than $3.7 million. That’s a significant contribution to Charlotte.”
The awards were announced during the organization’s May annual meeting, during which Carolyn Meade, an attorney with Moore and Van Allen, was elected the new chairman of the board. 2014 Women’s Impact Fund Grant Recipients
• Arts & Culture funding will support The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art to increase accessibility to art for underserved populations; specifically to expand their Artists in Schools program and Community Outreach program for incarcerated youth and adults, and to research and pilot a program tailored to individuals with low to no vision. The Bechtler, which had been runner-up for the arts award, received its grant after the winner in the arts category, the Charlotte Children’s Choir, decided to decline its award because of unexpected personnel changes.
• Education funding was awarded to Child Care Resources Inc. for Raising a Reader, an early reading program serving low-income children in local child-care centers. Grant dollars will purchase books, bags and materials, pay for personnel and other program costs.
• The environment grant recipient was Trees Charlotte for NeighborWoods, a program to replenish and sustain Charlotte’s tree canopy in deforested and underserved areas. Grant dollars will purchase 1,800 trees and partially pay for six tree-planting events.
• Barium Springs Home for Children earned the health-focused grant for its Court Psychologist Program, which provides on-site comprehensive psychological assessments and consultation services for children referred through Mecklenburg County’s Juvenile Court. The grant will support staff salary and benefits.
• Human services funding will benefit The Salvation Army for its Rapid Rehousing Program, a best-practices model to rapidly re-house homeless families within 60 days of admission to the Center of Hope Shelter. Grant dollars will provide salary and benefits for one full-time social worker.
About Women’s Impact Fund
Since 2003, the Women’s Impact Fund has amplified the significant role women play in philanthropy. The mission is to maximize women’s leadership in philanthropy by engaging and educating members, increasing charitable contributions and strengthening communities through the impact of collective giving. The organization has emerged as one of the largest women’s collective giving groups in the country and continues to create powerful change in Mecklenburg County. To date, the Women’s Impact Fund has made 49 grants totaling more than $3.7 million. For more information, visit