A Letter from Board Chair Arrington Mixon
The new Vision of Women’s Impact Fund is powerful: A community of philanthropic women impacting the world.
As the board worked to update our Mission, Vision and Values last year, we questioned whether we could be so bold as to envision impacting the world. While it is true that enumerable lives have been touched by our investment of nearly $5.5 million in 70 individual grants over the past 15 years, does our influence extend beyond Mecklenburg County? We thought of the many agencies we have funded, and reflected on how they have grown and expanded and shared their best practices with others. We recalled reports from those agencies of individuals served making a vow to “pay it forward”. Then we began to consider the reach of over 500 diverse, educated, philanthropic and empowered women taking what they have learned through Women’s Impact Fund into their various communities of influence. Much like a stone that has been thrown into a still pond, the ripples begin to spread quickly!
Since joining Women’s Impact Fund in 2005, I have been educated, inspired, and motivated by so many of our members who care deeply about our community. These new friendships have encouraged me to engage in ways I never would have dreamed two decades ago. I have seen the “ripple effect” of many of our members who have decided to join a nonprofit, lead a community initiative, run for political office, write a book, reach across seemingly insurmountable boundaries, or simply have the courage to mentor a child or walk into a homeless shelter. Collectively and individually we are making a difference and, indeed, impacting our world!
It is energizing to be a part of this community of women – and it is certainly humbling to be your Board Chair. Individually, your 23-member board represents diversity of perspective, age, ethnicity, years of membership, work experience and zip codes. Collectively, we are focused on providing our members with opportunities to learn, engage, grow and build relationships amongst each other, within our community and, yes, as they venture out into the world.
Thank you for being a part of Women’s Impact Fund! I look forward to learning from and engaging with you over the coming year.
2018-2019 Board Chair