Membership FAQs

What kind of group is the Women's Impact Fund?

The purpose of the Women’s Impact Fund is to engage and educate women, to increase charitable contributions and to strengthen our community through the impact of collective giving.  The Women’s Impact Fund provides significant resources, both financially and in thought leadership, to help address emerging issues and meet critical needs in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Our membership is open and inclusive.

How many women join? Is there a limit to the number of members?

New members join the Women’s Impact Fund every year, but we are always recruiting!  Founded in 2003 with 158 members, we’re currently approximately 400 women strong.  There is no limit on the number of members.

Do you have to live in Charlotte to be a member of WIF?

No, but most of our members live in the greater Charlotte metro area.  Our focus on nonprofit organizations in Mecklenburg County means most members are also here in Mecklenburg County.

How much are membership dues? What is the financial commitment?

Each member initially makes a 5 year commitment to the organization.  Each Women’s Impact Fund member commits $1,300/year for five years to our grant fund and to pay an annual fee to support our programming, education and operations.  At the end of the 5 year commitment, we invite members to join the pool of Annual Members.

What time commitment is required?

The time our members spend each year is up to them.  Some members become actively engaged in our grants or education processes, serve on the Board or take on strategic initiatives.  These members meet at least monthly and may invest numerous hours outside of meetings as well.  Other members come to one or two social or educational events, but need other parts of their lives to take priority – at least for a year or two.  We do not have any formal volunteer time requirement, but members are invited to many events.  This flexibility is one of the hallmarks of the Women’s Impact Fund.  As women, our commitments change year to year.  We recognize, and work with, evolving schedules!

Do you need to know someone to become a member?

Absolutely not; an initial payment or authorization for a monthly membership draw begins your membership.

Why should I join?

There are many reasons to join the Women’s Impact Fund.  You multiply the impact of your dollars in the community; you build relationships with talented, skilled women across a wide range of careers and experiences; you increase your knowledge of Charlotte, the nonprofits working day in and day out on its challenges and the people shaping its future; you have the opportunity to grow, learn and teach personally, professionally and as a philanthropist.

How can I pay?

We encourage members to authorize monthly automatic drafts or to write a check for their annual membership.  We welcome employer matches and accept credit card payments as well.  Our staff and volunteers are happy to answer questions regarding your unique situation.

Are my contributions tax-deductible?

Yes, your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Can I join at any time during the year?

Yes, you can join at any time during the year.

Is there a minimum age to join?

There is no minimum or maximum age to join.

What happens to my membership if I relocate or have a change in my financial status?

If you should happen to relocate to another city, we are more than happy to continue your membership in the Women’s Impact Fund. However, we will understand if you should decide to discontinue your membership here and begin working to make your new community stronger by donating your contribution there. If you are unable to continue your membership for financial reasons, we provide a one-year deferral. You are always welcome back as a member, as your circumstances permit.

Do we have a “junior rate” for members who are under a certain age or any other alternative forms of membership?

The Women’s Impact Fund currently does not offer a “junior rate” or ary the amount required of members.  All our members make the commitment to our grant pool.  Many members find the ability to make a monthly payment instead of one large check enables them to join Women’s Impact Fund even early in their careers.  Members who want to do even more for the organization can add a contribution to our operations and programs, but all members are equal in their fundamental commitment to our grants and our mission.

YOU CAN JOIN ANYTIME!

Women's Impact Fund membership is available all year long. You do not have to wait for an event or be asked to join. Membership is open and inclusive.


Women's Impact Fund - Recipient of the 2009 Outstanding Philanthropic Organization Award