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UNC Charlotte Provost and WIF member Joan Lorden recently received the prestigious William M. Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). Joan is only the 3rd woman to receive the AASCU’s top award.

Susan Patterson will serve as inaugural Community Fellow, building on Charlotte Mecklenburg Library engagement efforts. The Community Fellow program will operate much like executive-in-residence, writer-in-residence, artist-in-residence, fellowship and other residency programs. Read More

Continuing the philanthropic mission of helping people prevent and prepare for life’s emergencies, WIF member Elaine Lyerly becomes the first chairwoman of Tiffany Circle’s International Council, dedicated to expanding the organization’s charitable reach among highly involved women philanthropists around the globe. (Gaston Gazette, May 2016)

Grabbing a hypothetical drink with Jill Dinwiddie (Charlotte Five, March 9, 2016)

Candice Langston and her business partner, Tracy Russ, offer their female v. male perspectives in regard to “dressing the part.”  (Charlotte Observer – March 3, 2016)

WIF Members Jill Dinwiddie and Susan Patterson join a list of 67 civic-minded women who for six decades have helped make Charlotte a more caring city. The Women of the Year award will be presented to both winners on March 22 at the annual “A Woman’s Place” program at ImaginOn uptown.

Participating in Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte is a full-circle moment for Robin Branstrom, intermingling two of her favorite things:  philanthropy and dance. “I have been a fan of modern dance since the 1970s, when I was introduced to Charlotte Ballet,” says Robin.  Check out her moves and learn more.

Dianne Chipps Bailey has joined the Women’s Philanthropy Institute Council, an advisory group committed to advancing the vision and mission of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute, serving as ambassadors to external stakeholders, elevating WPI’s profile and strengthening its global impact. Learn more about the WPI here.

Read how Natalie Frazier Allen ,WIF member and founder/CEO of the Arts Empowerment Project – a non-profit organization that provides funding to connect children impacted by violence and at-risk children to existing arts programs in the Charlotte area – realized pursuing her other passions was another form of success. (Charlotte Observer – July 20, 2015)

Check out this Charlotte Today piece on ‪#‎summershareCLT featuring WIF member and Share Charlotte founder Kelly Brooks and Bianca Morgan, director of education and outreach at WIF grantee Charlotte Ballet.

The mission of the Augustine Literacy Project  is to help low-income students improve their reading, writing and spelling through free, long-term, one-on-one instruction.  WIF member Alison Houser has served as the nonprofit’s director since 2013. (Charlotte Observer – July 8, 2015)

In July’s issue of Society Charlotte, Dianne Chipps Bailey talks about her community passions. (July 2015)

Jill Dinwiddie gets the “last word” in the June issue of Society Charlotte. Read the online version here. (June 2015)

Congratulations to Ann Marie (Schmitz) Williams who joined Grant Thornton LLP as a partner and the Mid-South Private Wealth Services practice leader, based in the firm’s Charlotte office.  Learn more about her new position here. In addition to her new job, she was recently married.  (May 2015)

Congratulations to Dianne Chipps Bailey who was named The Mecklenburg Times 2015 “Woman of the Year.” Other Most Influential Women honorees included Dee Dixon, Toni Freeman, Catherine Horne and Ann Marie (Schmitz) Williams. (May 2015)

Dianne Bailey wins judges award for Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte. (March 2015)
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/fashion/article13559783.html

Kathie Collins named one of 15 “People to Watch” by Creative Loafing.
http://clclt.com/charlotte/kathie-collins-the-scribe-whisperer/Content?oid=3574888

Patricia Morton named chair of the board of the National Humanities Center.  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/entertainment/article9260576.html#.VL0m_2TF-Ns

Kristen Hills Bradberry was awarded the 2014 Community Hero award at the “My Hero Gala,” honoring the heros in our community and supporting the Novant Health Community Care Cruiser and the Charlotte Hornets Foundation. (October 2014)

Congratulations to members Daniele Donahoe and Betty Doster upon being named to the 2014 50 Most Influential Women list by Mecklenburg Times.  (June 2014)

Congratulations to Toni Freeman who has been elected as the new President of Women Executives in Charlotte.  (May 2014)

SHARE Charlotte, started by member Kelly Brooks, recently wrapped up a yearlong service learning project with Providence Day School (they created, produced and executed it!). Here is a  great video about the project.  (May 2014)

Catch member Kathy Sparrow, 2013-2014 co-chair of the Environment Work Team, in this Greenpeace video.  This is part of the Postcards from Climate Change series.  (May 9, 2014)

Congratulations to Cynthia Bush who was elected to the Girl Scouts Hornets Nest Board of Directors (April, 2014)

Longtime Supports lead Light Factory Revival – Charlotte Observer –  including member, Linda Foard Roberts  (March10, 2014)

Congratulations to Mary Barr Gallivan, member and Communications & Marketing Chair, on being named a winner in the 2014 “40 Under 40” group by the Charlotte Business Journal!  (February 24, 2014)

Molly Shaw, Executive Director of Communities in Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, was a co-writer of a Charlotte Observer “For the Record” Editorial: Tackling poverty and improving education go hand in hand.  (February 18, 2014)

Daniele Donahoe, President of Rinehart Wealth Management, was quoted in the “What should you do with your money now?” article  in the Charlotte Observer.  (February 8, 2014)

New Member, Linda Stanley, was interviewed in the Charlotte Business Journal regarding Bank of America commercial banking.   (January 10, 2014)

Mary Tribble is the focus of the cover article in the January 2014 issue of Today’s Charlotte Woman (page 20).   (January, 2014)

Kelly Brooks and SHARE Charlotte were highlighted in a Charlotte Observer article regarding volunteerism at Providence Day School  (November 8, 2013)

Helen Kimbrough and Women’s Impact Fund were featured in “Around Town” – Pride Magazine  (November, 2013)

New member, Patty Lambert, has joined the board of Community School of the Arts.  Congratulations, Patty! (November, 2013)

Congratulations to Sally and Russell Robinson upon receiving the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of North Carolina’s highest civilian honors. (October 29, 2013)

The North Carolina Humanities Council presented Sally and Russell Robinson with the John T. Caldwell Award for the Humanities on October 10, 2013 at UNC Charlotte Center City.  This is the Council’s most prestigious public humanities honor.  Congratulations to Sally and Russell!

Congratulations to member Kellie Scott who is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the opening of her business, Red Sky Gallery.

Thanks to “The Life in Myers Park” for publishing great information & pictures from the Women’s Impact Fund 2013 Annual Meeting.  Photos include Sonja Nichols, Claire Tate, Pam Johnson, Jane Ratteree, Marylyn Williams, Mary Lou Babb and Joan Lorden.  (July, 2013)

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors has elected member Allyson Siegel to serve on the Board of Trustees of North Carolina Central University. (July, 2013)

The Charlotte Business Journal highlighted member Carol Bowen in the “Women in Business” section.  Read about Carol’s path.  (June 21, 2013)

Women’s Impact Fund members Joan Lorden, Laura Meyer Wellman, Madelyn Caple & Susan Patterson are newly appointed members of the  Cultural Life Task Force which will examine the history and current state of the arts and cultural sector; identify the challenges it faces given dramatic changes in the region’s demography, economy and other factors; and establish priorities to ensure a healthy vibrant cultural community by responding to the public’s needs and expectations expressed in the forthcoming Cultural Vision Plan.  (June, 2013)

Betty Chafin Rash, along with her husband, Dennis, received the 2013 UNC Charlotte Distinguished Service Award on May 21, 2013.  This award honors those who have provided outstanding leadership and exemplary service to the Charlotte community and to the advancement of UNC Charlotte.
(May, 2013)

Member Amanda Prothero has been named Executive Director, Jimmie Johnson Foundation.  Amanda was KIPP Charlotte’s Chief Development Officer.  Congratulations! (June, 2013)

Congratulations to member Mary Gallivan who recently joined Foundation For The Carolinas as Director, Center for Corporate Philanthropy.  Most recently, Mary served as Executive Director, Jimmie Johnson Foundation (May, 2013)

Local consultant, Patton McDowell & Associates published an interview with member Kelly Brooks who created SHARE Charlotte.  SHARE Charlotte provides opportunities for nonprofits and prospective volunteers to connnect.  (May 29, 2013)

Member Helen Kimbrough is excited to launch her third book entitled My Soul/African American Spirituals: Embracing the Journey in June, 2013.   This family-oriented book is filled with influential songs including Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child and Swing Low Sweet Chariot.  These songs along with powerful quotes captivate the essence of this book with breathtaking artwork from the past and present.  For more information on this book and others, visit www.akclassicstories.com.  (May, 2013)

Congratulations to member Lori Collins who has joined the TreesCharlotte Board of Directors.  Lori, and fellow member Betty Chafin-Rash, served on the Grants Environment Work Team together. Read about the organizaton & how the Women’s Impact Fund influenced its beginning.  (May 13, 2013)

Charlotte Business Journal Announces 2013 Women in Business Achievement Award Winners, including Women’s Impact Fund members Judy Rose (receiving the lifetime achievement award) and Carol Bowen.  Congratulations!  (May, 2013)

Happy Birthday, Sarah Belk Gambrell!  (Charlotte Observer April 15, 2013)

WIF member, Debi Timmerman, Co-Chaired the First Night Gala at the Southern Spring Home & Garden Show to support Charlotte Bridge Home.   (Charlotte Observer April, 2013)

Jill Dinwiddie was a featured guest on WFAE’s Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins to discuss the impact of domestic violence in our community. Listen to the podcast. (April 1, 2013)

Marianne Schild has started a new position as Individual Giving Manager for the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.  Congratulations, Marianne!  (April 2, 2013)

Women’s Impact Fund Board Chair, Sonja Nichols, is the focus of NFocus Magazine’s NRetrospect.  Read about Sonja’s views on the importance of cultivating passion in children.  (April, 2013)

The Mecklenburg Times presents its 2013 list of the 50 Most Influential Women in the Charlotte Region.  Congratulations to the following Women’s Impact Fund members in this year’s prestigious group:  Liz Hilliard, Chris McLeod, Carolyn Meade and Joan Zimmerman.  (March, 2013)

Gail Baron is a volunteer with the “Blessings in a Backpack” program that was highlighted in the Charlotte Observer.  (March 20, 2013)

Chris McLeod, President of GIVING MATTERS, INC., will taught two classes through Queens University’s Continuing Education program: Philanthropy 101: Developing Your Vision for Giving (March 19, 2013) & Transitioning from the Corporate to Nonprofit Sector: Look Before You Leap! (April 8, 2013).

Stacy Baum was named Director of Gift Cards for a Cause, a national grassroots philanthropic company based in Charlotte, NC.  (Charlotte Observer, December, 2012)

Jessica Schorr Saxe had an editorial in the Charlotte Observer regarding the expansion of Medicaid in North Carolina   (February 3, 2013)

Congratulations to Women’s Impact Fund member Daniele Donohoe who was named to the Charlotte Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” for 2013
(January 24, 2013)

Women’s Impact Fund member, Kelly Brooks, has launched SHARE Charlotte.  SHARE’s mission is to connect neighbors and non-profit organizaations to create more engaged communities.  To quote from the website, “….access is knowledge and knowledge is power.  Once you have the opportunity to see and understand the landscape of non-profits you can make more informed decisions about where you want to spend your time and resources.  AND create meaningful relationships with groups you care most about!”

Congratulations to DVA (Donors Volunteers & Ambassadors) upon being honored by the Charlotte Observer Editorial Board in their annual “Thank You” section.  Special recognition goes to DVA founders – and Women’s Impact Fund members – Sandra Conway & Anne Essaye.  See how many of our members you can count in the picture!   (December 29, 2012)

Chris McLeod (Member) and Krista Tillman were awarded the 2012 Bob Page Equality Champions for the Charlotte Region Award by Equality North Carolina for their work founding Straight Allies Charlotte, an effort designed to make Charlotte more welcoming and affirming for LGBT individuals and their families.  (November, 2012)

Lise Hain has joined the Boards of Directors for Freedom School Partners & North Carolina Dance Theatre (December, 2012)

Congratulations to Elaine Lyerly for receiving the Highest National Award from the American Red Cross (October 24, 2012)

Dianne Bailey was honored with the 2012 Women of Justice Award by North Carolina Lawyer’s Weekly   (October 17, 2012).  The Charlotte Observer highlighted the local award winners, including Dianne’s “Public Service Practitioner” award   (December 1, 2012)