CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 11, 2016) – The Women’s Impact Fund (WIF), a Charlotte-based, collective-giving organization with more than 400 female members, granted five local nonprofits a combined $437,000 to address critical community needs.

Augustine Literacy Project, Catawba Lands Conservancy, Children’s Home Society, Communities in Schools, and Musical Minds NC were recognized as this year’s grant recipients during the organization’s annual meeting May 11.

The organization’s grant committee reviewed the more than 117 entries received last fall in a competitive application process, and then evaluated the grant recipients in an extensive process to narrow it down to finalists. The five grant recipients were selected from the finalists through a ballot voting process by the full membership.

The grants were announced during the group’s annual meeting held at the Foundation For The Carolinas in uptown Charlotte. For the fourth consecutive year, Wells Fargo has been the presenting sponsor of the event.

“Each year we continue to fund incredible organizations,” said Mary Gallivan, outgoing Board Chair.  “The announcement of our grant recipients is the culmination of nearly a year’s worth of work by the more than fifty women on our grants committee.  Once again, they have done a fantastic job.  We are thrilled to play a role in strengthening the Charlotte community through the impact of our collective giving. “

Together with its grant recipients, the Women’s Impact Fund has created powerful change in Mecklenburg County and has emerged as one of the largest women’s collective giving groups in the country. The organization hosted the Women’s Collective Giving Grant-makers Network Leadership Forum in Charlotte last fall with nearly 300 women from across the country attending.

2016 Women’s Impact Fund Grant Recipients

  • Arts & Culture grant recipient : Musical Minds NC received $93,000 for its Musical Arts Program for Elementary Students to engage students from low income neighborhoods in after school musical arts programing designed to promote social change through character education, promoting self-esteem, teamwork, leadership, and social responsibility.
  • Education grant recipient: Augustine Literacy Project received $100,000 to expand its current program which addresses literacy challenges through an intensive tutoring program which pairs 1st and 2nd grade Title I CMS students with highly trained tutors.
  • Environment grant recipient: Catawba Lands Conservancy received $74,000 to hire an Environmental Education Programmer to develop and expand its educational programs, which will focus on the importance of conservation and connecting the community to nature.
  • Health grant recipient: Children’s Home Society received $100,000 for its Wise Guys Male Responsibility Program which targets boys ages 11-17, many in Title I schools to promote healthy concepts of masculinity and responsible behavior while educating young men about wise choices regarding sexual relations.
  • Human Services grant recipient: Communities in Schools of Charlotte Mecklenburg received $70,000 for its Immigrant Youth Services.  Funds will be used to hire a program coordinator to expand its efforts to serve newly arrived immigrant students and develop specialized programming to address their unique needs.

Also during the annual meeting, Anne Essaye, an attorney with Horack, Talley, Pharr & Lowndes, P.A., was elected by the membership to chair the Women’s Impact Fund Board of Directors for the 2016-2017 year.

About Women’s Impact Fund

Since 2003, the Women’s Impact Fund has amplified the significant role women play in philanthropy. Its 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.

With over 400 members, 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 59 grants totaling more than $4.6 million. For more information, visit

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