Our Top 10 Grants Finalists for 2018

The top 10 grant applicants are: Arts & Culture: Goodyear Arts: Supports excellent local artists, providing paid residencies, studio space, community art classes, art shows, and other events. Tosco Music: Operating support of a mission that breaks down the barriers between performers and audiences to celebrate the incredible power of music and bringing people together. Education:                                                                                                  Meck-Ed: Addresses the increasing college and career readiness gaps facing the most vulnerable student populations in CMS. The program provides social navigation services and work-based learning opportunities to Title 1 school juniors and seniors. Charlotte Bilingual Preschool: To remove the educational and social inequities that block opportunities for Charlotte’s Latino students by creating a socio-economically and linguistically integrated preschool classroom. Environment: Conservation Trust for North Carolina: A youth conservation corps that uses the natural world as a platform to teach young people environmental stewardship, job and life skills, leadership, community service, and personal responsibility. WFAE 90.7, University Radio Foundation Inc.: To provide for a significant focus on environmental reporting by investing in an environmental journalist and broadcast productions related to regional environmental issues   Health: Children’s Hope Alliance: Supports TASK program designed to meet the complex needs of youth who have caused sexual harm utilizing a multi-modal approach to treatment and allowing for the therapy these youths need to break the cycle of abuse. Hope Haven: Provide a nurse practitioner at...

Making a Lasting Impact: Women’s Legacy Event

The Women’s Impact Fund (WIF) and Foundation For The Carolinas (FFTC) joined forces on February 8 to host the informative “Women’s Legacy Event” at FFTC. Attendees numbered approximately 90 and included WIF members, FFTC fundholders and unaffiliated guests…

Our Top 20 Grants Finalists for 2018

The past five months have been a busy and exciting time for Women’s Impact Fund (WIF) Grants Committee members. The season began in September with research to uncover and understand the issues affecting our community. Next, they reviewed 120 Letters of Inquiry and selected 20 applicants to submit Requests for Proposal (RFPs). Site visits are wrapping up now and in mid-March the full Grants Committee will meet to select the finalists for the full membership vote in April.

Moving Beyond Dialogue: A Call to Action

“I want my grandchildren to grow into their careers rubbing elbows with people of color who’ve had similar educational opportunities to theirs, who can solve these cultural problems that have built walls around our communities and created barriers to success for so many people of color. We must solve these problems. Speak up! Get into mixed discussion groups with people who don’t look like you, like what WIF started at the recent ‘Social Hour for Social Issues’…”

Introducing the Spark Initiative

Our exciting new grant initiative is intended to spark positive change in the community and allow us to be more agile, responsive and collaborative. Given the recent release of the Opportunity Task Force’s recommendations, we believe the time is right.

Boomerang Members

Goodbye doesn’t have to be forever! Women’s Impact Fund (WIF) loves it when members come back after a break or letting their membership lapse. This past year, there have been at least six women who have rejoined after some time away from the organization. Some of their stories might make you smile or surprise you, but all are a testament to the strength and enduring importance of what WIF is, does and who we are.

The 2017 Annual Meeting: Celebrating $5 Million in Cumulative Giving!

Nearly 500 members. Five local nonprofits granted a combined $440,000 this year – marking the first time the WIF has fully funded grant requests across all categories. And, as the crowd of WIF members and guests acknowledged with a champagne toast, more than $5 million in collective giving to organizations serving critical needs in the community since the WIF was launched in 2003…