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…

Getting to Know Sheila Mullen

When asked to describe WIF members as a whole, Sheila reflected, then shared how impressed she has been with the diversity, brilliance and empathy of the group. From her perspective, WIF is the premier women’s leadership opportunity in Charlotte for those who want to make a difference…

Looking Forward: Our Founders’ Perspective

As Women’s Impact Fund approaches a historic $5 million in cumulative grants, we sat down with our founders Mary Lou Babb and Claire Tate to discuss our future growth and priorities.

We soon discovered there was no need to pull out a long list of questions. We naturally landed on two core topics…

Getting to Know Leigh Goodwyn

“I have a conscious affinity for supporting different charities in Charlotte, and viewed Women’s Impact Fund as a way to learn about a lot of charities at one time and have an impact across many fields. Women’s Impact Fund is a wonderful way to be involved in many things…”

Rinehart Wealth & Investment Advisory Sponsors 2017’s Women & Wisdom

Rinehart Wealth believes strongly in giving back to the community, and it is one of the core principles of the business that Mary Rinehart founded over 30 years ago. This philanthropic focus continues today as the firm proudly donates 10 percent of profits to charitable organizations every year while as a team, associates volunteer quarterly for various charities and organization…