Why Give to the Annual Fund

By Ellen Rankin, Development Chair

I invite you to make a difference for the Women’s Impact Fund by contributing to the Annual Fund.  (Thank you to those who have already made a gift!)  You may wonder why you should contribute over and above your membership dues.  Here’s how I think about it:

  • As our visibility and reputation continues to rise in our community, and across the country through the WCGN, it’s important – via the Annual Fund — to demonstrate that Women’s Impact Fund members understand the resources required to run a nonprofit that now makes $440,000 a year in grants.
  • Through our rigorous grant-making process, we evaluate the overhead and fiscal responsibility of our grant applicants. In order to walk our talk, we can communicate to our grantees, our staff and our community that we understand the importance of having a strong staff and technology platform to leverage the talents of our 500+ members. Without this support, many members would have difficulty serving as committee volunteers and Chairs.
  • Membership fees cover 75% of our operational costs. Our Annual Fund plays a critical role in keeping Women’s Impact Fund membership affordable and accessible. We need members from across the Charlotte region, so we can learn from one another and work together to make Charlotte a community that is full of opportunities to learn and thrive.
  • Giving to the Annual Fund has grown by in recent years. Last year, 134 members or 34% made a contribution. I know we can do even better.

We are a group of women who are committed to making a difference in our community.  Many of us are community leaders and seasoned philanthropists, and others are newcomers to Charlotte and the nonprofit sector.  The beauty of Women’s Impact Fund is we truly value the experiences and perspectives of one another.  Make a gift to the Annual Fund today and make a difference for Women’s Impact Fund!

If you have any questions/concerns about the Annual Fund or the Women’s Impact Fund Budget, please reach out to me at 704-906-0069 or at ellen.rankin@ubs.com.

To make a donation to the Annual Fund, just click HERE and put “Annual Fund” in the “add special instructions to seller” field.