Culinary School Teaching Cooking Skills

WIF granted $54,000 to CCSC in 2015 to fund its Workforce Development Training Program: three 14-week training sessions annually in which adults whose history creates a barrier to employment learn the skills they need to work in the food services industry…

Mission Moment: Trees Charlotte

In 2014, the Women’s Impact Fund provided a $96,000 grant to TreesCharlotte for NeighborWoods, an innovative program established to replenish and sustain Charlotte’s tree canopy in the deforested and underserved areas of Charlotte. The goal was to plant 1,800 new trees with the funding in area parks, neighborhoods and schools while also informing and educating the communities about tree stewardship…

Mission Moment: Freedom School Partners

Impact – it is in our name; it is at the heart of our philanthropic commitment to the community. Over the past 13 years, we’ve seen projects that we’ve funded take off and achieve tremendous results, in part because of the investment WIF has made through critical and strategic grant-making…

Mission Moment: The Relatives On Ramp Program

How do we as a community meet the needs of youth who have aged out of the foster care and juvenile justice systems and face tremendous challenges to becoming independent adults?

With the help of a federal grant, Charlotte had been working to address this serious problem when The Relatives, a youth support agency, launched the On Ramp program in August 2009. On Ramp provides a resource center for young adults 16 to 24 years old in Mecklenburg County who may need a variety of services and tools to make the transition to being an independent adult…

Mission Moment: Veterans Legal Services Program

In a Mission Moment at the February 9 Wine and Wisdom event, Ken Schorr, Executive Director of Legal Services of Southern Piedmont (LSSP), credited an $80,000 Women’s Impact Fund grant with launching the agency’s Veterans Legal Services program, which provides legal assistance at little to no cost to low-income veterans…