Committee Descriptions

Women's Impact Fund Committee Descriptions

The Communications & Marketing Committee


This committee is for those with skills and interest in story-telling. Do you have an interest in social media, writing, public relations, media relations, marketing, graphic design, videography and/or photography? Other desired skills and interests: blog writing, interviewing, creating and editing video, and strategic communications planning. The committee creates compelling content for our monthly newsletter, social media, and website, and works cross-functionally with other committees to support their needs.

Through our social media and external media outreach, we build awareness of our philanthropic leadership and community impact.

Committee work teams may include social media, writing and editing, external storytelling, photography, public relations and creating external-facing documents. Committee meets monthly. Additional work done via email. (AVAILABLE)

2019-2020 Chair: Taryn Sims

The Community Impact Committee

This committee is for those who enjoy seeing the progress of grants as programs are implemented; women who write and communicate well; and for women who can work independently. The committee is responsible for the ongoing evaluation of approved Women’s Impact Fund grants and the identification of opportunities to stay connected with grantees after the grant cycle is finished.

The evaluation component includes periodic contact with grantees, annual financial review, and preparation of interim and final reports about the grants. These reports go to the WIF Board of Directors and are also made available to membership.

Prior experience on a Grants Team is required. (Current committee members are eligible without grants experience.) The committee begins working with grantees as soon as the grants are awarded. Evaluations are done twice per year, in the summer and early winter. The committee meets every 6 weeks to 2 months and communicates frequently by email. (FULL)

2019-2020 Chair: Lea Johnson

The Development Committee


This committee is great for those seeking an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of fundraising and nonprofit sustainability (a plus when serving on a nonprofit board) and welcomes members experienced in this area as well. The committee is responsible for executing a comprehensive development plan that will support the long-term sustainability of the Women's Impact Fund, including special projects that may arise.

The committee meets approximately 8 times per year. For those who cannot attend meetings, additional opportunities for engagement are available, including sponsor stewardship at Women’s Impact Fund events and independent projects. Skills needed include relationship building, artistic creativity, writing, organizational skills, and event planning. While not necessary, development/marketing and sales experience can be helpful.

This is a terrific opportunity to understand the important components of a nonprofit's development plan and gain some fundraising experience. No one will have to make an "ask" unless they want to learn - or asking is what they LOVE to do. We need volunteers who are passionate about convening, educating and inspiring our members to support WIF. The committee focuses on the Annual Fund, Legacy Giving / Planned Giving and Corporate Sponsorships. (AVAILABLE)

2019-2020 Chair: Sara Page Waugh

The Events and Logistics Committee

This committee is for women who enjoy event planning (catering, event decor, coordination, execution, and more). As a member of this committee, you will be working with other Women’s Impact Fund members and committees to plan our Signature Events (Social Hour for Social Issues, Women & Wisdom and the Annual Meeting) and facilitate other events as needed. The committee also provides advisory support for the Grants Committee throughout the year. Meetings will typically be held once a month and will be a combination of virtual and in-person depending on the availability of the group and/or upcoming events. (AVAILABLE)

2019-2020 Chair: Claire Samuels

The Finance Committee


This committee is ideal for women with a background in finance and/or accounting as well as those who seek to learn more about the Women’s Impact Fund as a whole. The Finance Committee is responsible for the review of the annual budget, monthly financial reports, financial statements, and the Form 990 filing. The committee also monitors the financial position of the organization, advises on financial forecasts, considers funding matters related to the budget, provides financial assistance and training to other committees of the

Women's Impact Fund on an as needed basis, and focuses on the financial sustainability and financial policies of the organization. The committee works closely with Women's Impact Fund staff and outside accountants. Requires monthly meetings with a potential for special projects, as necessary. (AVAILABLE)

2019-2020 Chair: Jhaymee Tynan

The Grants Committee

This committee is ideal for members interested in WIF’s grantmaking process. Members learn about grant making, understand the issues facing our community, and gain exposure to area nonprofits. The committee is responsible for vetting the applications received each year for WIF funding and determining and presenting the top two programs to the membership for its vote.

The committee is comprised of five work teams, each aligned to one of WIF's focus areas: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Health, and Human Services. Over the course of the grants cycle, teams learn about critical community needs and issues, evaluate applications, identify advancing finalists, conduct site visits, and determine the final candidates. Each work team has two team leads and up to 14 members. Assignment to a particular committee will involve a variety of factors, including capacity and potential conflicts of interest among others.

Time commitment: August through April (longer for team leads) including meetings that occur both during the workday and after hours. Work includes full committee and work team meetings, on-own research and application reviews, site visits, and ballot writing. (FULL)

2019-2020 Chair: Jean Brinkmann

The Member Education Committee


This committee develops and executes learning opportunities to promote thoughtful philanthropy, informed leadership, and good civic engagement. The committee is organized into work teams to deliver signature events (Social Hour for Social Issues and Women & Wisdom), lunch and learn opportunities and leadership programming. It’s a perfect fit for those interested in learning, community connections, program development, project managers, event planners and anyone passionate about engaging our community in thought provoking conversations.

Requires monthly committee meetings. Additional work via email, phone and volunteering at events. (AVAILABLE)

2019-2020 Chair: Vida Harvey

The Membership Committee

This committee is great for members who enjoy connecting with others, designing, planning and attending events and want to spread the word about Women’s Impact Fund. The committee is responsible for sharing our story with prospective members and keeping in touch with our active members. Events include New Member Mondays, New Member Orientation, Members and Friends City Socials, In Home Socials and other meet ups.

The Membership Committee has two subcommittees: Member Outreach and Member Engagement. Member Outreach is for those who seem never to meet a stranger and can strike up a conversation anywhere, anytime, with anyone. Member Engagement is for those who love hosting a party, building lasting relationships, and reaching out to our members by phone and through personal notes. Requires monthly committee meetings. Additional work via email, phone and volunteering at events. (AVAILABLE)

2019-2020 Chair: Lisa Crotty

The Spark Committee


The Spark Committee offers an interesting opportunity for members to stay engaged or re-engage in WIF and to allow those with contacts and information about community issues to put that knowledge to work. The Spark Initiative is a separate grant fund which allows WIF to be nimble and respond more quickly to needs of the community in the early stages of efforts to address critical community needs and emerging issues in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

Spark team members should have a variety of backgrounds, including individuals with skills and experience in the following areas:

  • Prior grants team experience, likely Grants team leadership or Community Impact/Evaluation experience
  • Subject area experts and connectors in the community
  • Project management skills
  • Professional grant-makers or nonprofit leaders (persons with boots on the ground in our community).


The Spark committee terms will be staggered two-year terms with the possibility of renewal for a second term. The targeted committee size is 7 members annually.

Requires periodic meetings, additional work over email and phone, application reviews and site visits. Meetings will be during the workday and some evenings. (FULL)

2019-2020 Chair: Sarah Shifflet

The Strategic Planning Committee

This committee is ideal for women with WIF organization-wide knowledge and a high level of commitment to Women’s Impact Fund. The committee is responsible for the on-going development, implementation, and evaluation of the Strategic Plan – a living document that guides the organization. The committee coordinates with the Board of Directors and other WIF committees; members will serve as a liaison with at least one other committee. Strategic Planning Committee members are required to have prior, active participation in at least one other WIF committee and preferably 3-5 years’ experience as a WIF member. Experience on the Grants Committee is helpful, but not required. Requires monthly meetings which occur over a slightly extended lunch hour; approx. 3-5 hours/month. (FULL)


2019-2020 Chair: Markita Payne
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