Grants Awarded Summary: Education


The Women’s Impact Fund has awarded nearly $5.5 million to 70 programs since 2003.  We are honored to share the following information about our Education Grants.


$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. (2016 Grantee)

BRIDGE JOBS  (Now Jacob’s Ladder)

$40,000 to hire a reading specialist to develop a curriculum for young adult women, train and pay tutors, and provide babysitting services for BRIDGE’s Literacy Enrichment Program. This nonprofit agency is dedicated to helping high school drop outs and unemployed and underemployed citizens of Mecklenburg County obtain long-term, career-enhancing employment by providing them with career counseling and support as they complete their education. (2005 Grantee)


$75,000 to support Raising a Reader, an early reading program serving low-income children in local area child care centers.  This program also teaches parents how to “book cuddle” and read with their children even if they themselves cannot read. (2014 Grantee)


$65,000 to launch Charlotte sites at Eastway Middle School and Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School. The program, which teaches skill-building through after-school appresticeships, is still operating at MLK Middle but is now at Quail Hollow Middle instead of Eastway. There are also now 3 sites in Durham. (2006 Grantee)


$75,000 to fund the Summer Bridge Program, which serves rising 8th and 9th graders at Kennedy Charter Public School. The school moved to Johnson C. Smith University in 2014 and was closed after the 2015-2016 school year. Elon Homes and Schools for Children will continue to serve foster children from their JCSU site. (2011 Grantee)

FREEDOM SCHOOL PARTNERS  (formerly Seigle Avenue Partners, Inc.)

$98,000 to provide direct support to two of their summer camp sites during the economic crisis and to build capacity. The capacity-building allowed Freedom School Partners (FSP) to do their first evaluation work and look at scalability so that they could act proactively instead of reactively. In 2008, FSP had 6 sites, 370 scholars, and 43 interns; they have grown to 16 sites, 1,000 scholars, and 120 interns in 2016. (2008 Grantee)


$100,000 for its Extended Academic Program; the goal of this program is to increase reading and math skills of students enrolled at KIPP: Charlotte, placing them on an advanced placement/college track for high school. KIPP: Charlotte is a public, college preparatory middle school focusing primarily on minority students from low-income families. (2009 Grantee)


$90,000 for the McPIE Family Night program, which is held 26 Tuesday nights per year through a partnership between McClintock Middle School, Christ Lutheran Church, and the community. The grant helped fund 6,000 meals, van rental to provide transportation to participants, and additional programming including tutoring, clubs and ESL classes over three years. In 2015-16, Family Nights averaged over 230 participants each week including the students, their older and younger sibilings, and their parents. (2010 Grantee)


$90,000 to support the expansion of its Career Pathways program, which provides internships, apprenticeships, and practical career counseling, into a third CMS high school. According to an October 2015 alumni survey, 53% of respondents were enrolled in 4-year college, 32% enrolled in CPCC, and 15% employed. (2013 Grantee)

$100,000 to expand its Career Pathways program. The program addresses the increasing college and career readiness gaps facing the most vulnerable student populations by providing social navigation services and work-based learning opportunities. (2018 Grantee)


$100,000 to support training and a residency program for leaders in high-need public schools. Lessons learned from grant helped launch the Emerging Leaders program which works with teachers to identify future leaders earlier on in their careers and start them on the path to leadership. Because of built internal capacity at CMS, New Leaders now only supports former teachers/school leaders that went through their program. (2012 Grantee)


$90,000 to fund its school-based, dropout prevention and support program focused on helping at-risk middle and high school students improve their school attendance, behavior and academic performance. (2015 Grantee)


$84,000 to develop, support, and recruit teachers to work in CMS.  Since 2007, the Charlotte corps has increased from 100 to 160. The number of alumni in the region has increased from 70 to 400, 85% of whom do work that impacts low-income communities. (2007 Grantee)

WINGS for KIDS, Inc.

$100,000 to advance its social-emotional education programs supporting K-5 students by providing daily after-school mentoring and instruction in select Title I schools. (2017 Grantee)