Introducing the Spark Initiative

In alignment with Strategic Goal #2, members of our Grants Task Force have been working hard over the last 18 months to bring innovation and collaboration to our already strong, respected grants process. Given the Opportunity Task Force’s recently released recommendations, we at Women’s Impact Fund believe the time is right to set the stage for partnerships with other philanthropic leaders to address critical needs in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.

We are therefore pleased to announce the creation of the Spark Initiative, a new Women’s Impact Fund grant to help spark positive change in our community!  This initiative will allow us to be more agile, responsive and collaborative.

The Spark Initiative supports bold leadership, bringing flexibility for identifying and funding projects outside of our traditional high impact grantmaking process. The board has approved allocating $50,000 from the LEAP Fund for our initial grant. Susan Patterson will chair the working group leading the Spark Initiative. Susan is a past Women’s Impact Fund Board Chair and experienced grantmaker, recently retired from the Knight Foundation.

We look forward to getting this initiative underway. Additional information, including how grants will be determined, will be provided in follow up communications. In the meantime, if you have comments or questions please contact Susan Patterson at