Women's Fund Highlights the Impact of Human Trafficking

Wake Forest University Students Kick Off Student Membership Campaign

2014 Participant Scholars Join The Women's Fund

The Women's Fund Requests Proposals

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Honor the women who have most inspired and influenced your commitment to service and purpose.  Make a gift to The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem in honor or in memory of your mentor, mom, sister, or friend. 

Your honoree will receive a special card
from The Women’s Fund letting her know that a tribute gift has been made in her honor.  With a gift of $50 or more, you and your honoree will both be recognized in the program at the annual Women’s Fund  Luncheon on November 19Tribute gifts to the Women’s Fund help women and children in Forsyth County have a better life.

To make a gift in honor or in memory of someone, please click here to make a secure online gift at https://womensfundws.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=963

To ensure that your honoree receives her card before Mother’s Day, your gift must be received at The Women’s Fund no later than May 5th.


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April 2014

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Women's Fund Highlights the Impact of Human Trafficking


The Women's Fund of Winston-Salem,  recently released the issue brief, Human Trafficking:
Fighting the Hidden Crime of Modern-Day Slavery
. The issue brief defines and illustrates the prevalence of human trafficking and examines the link between economic insecurity and exploitation of our community’s most vulnerable populations.  The brief also highlights anti-trafficking efforts across North Carolina and resources available to those who want to learn more. You can download the full report or read it online at

On Thursday, April 24, The Women’s Fund hosted a Social Change Exchange on Human Trafficking.  Over 150 members and supporters attended the event at Summit School. Our panel of experts shared their knowledge of human trafficking and gave the audience effective ways to advocate for victims in our area. The panel included Elizabeth Jeter, Natasha Sistruck Robinson, and Monika Johnson Hostler. 

You can learn more about human trafficking and ways to help by visiting the following links: 


Wake Forest University Kicks Off Women's Fund Student Membership Campaign

In early April, The Women's Fund introduced new membership levels for full-time students in Forsyth County.  The full-time student membership levels include a $30 per year individual level and a $250 per year group level (up to 10 students).  Each level receives one vote. 

A few Wake Forest University students shared their reasons for joining The Women’s Fund.  First year student, Sarah Rudasill, said, “I was very fortunate to have a number of people and organizations invest in me as I grew up, which allowed me to receive a great education and tremendous opportunities outside of the classroom.  I aspire to pay it forward to other young women and community organizations, and our philanthropic group at Wake Forest is a great place to start.”  Another  first year student, Marlee Stark, explains, “To be a part of a group like this is to stand for the importance of empowerment at every level. I hope we foster experience within ourselves and within our fellow women of the Winston-Salem community because we share values that both ground and bind us.” 

Let’s welcome our newest members for The Women’s Fund!

Please click the folloing for more information about our membership levels:  http://womensfundws.org/page.aspx?pid=348  

 2014 Participant Scholars Join The Women's Fund
2014 Participant Scholars
The Women's Fund of Winston-Salem
recently welcomed nine new members through its Participant Scholar program. The new members are: Sylvia Adams, Elena Allen, Jammise Bowen, Debra Delois, Maria Jones, Nicole Little, Shante Parker, Darlene Rodriguez, and Sonya Nicole Wagstaff. 

The Participant Scholar Program of The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem was developed to offer membership to women and girls who have limited access to financial resources, but whose civic, community or cultural work shows a commitment to issues affecting women and girls. 

Scholars participate as full members in the Fund for a one year period. As a requirement of the scholarship, the scholars must also serve on a committee or provide another contribution of time or talent to the Fund. At the end of their scholarship term, scholars are encouraged to join a new or existing membership group to continue their involvement with The Women’s Fund. “Our Participant Scholars, who either self-identify or are nominated by a Women's Fund member, bring fresh perspectives to our mission of making a difference for women and girls in our community.  Their varied lives are rich with experiences that will prove invaluable as we move forward with collective philanthropy.” said Janie Wilson, one of the founders of The Women's Fund. 

Since the program began in 2007, the Fund has welcomed nearly 100
local women who have a passion for helping women and girls. 

“Welcome, Class of 2014. You will go far!,” says Wilson.  

Please click here to learn more about the ParticipantScholar Program

The Women's Fund Requests Proposals for the 2014 Grant Cycle
2014 RFP 
On April 22, TheWomen's Fund of Winston-Salem
announced the request for grant proposals for the upcoming year.  The grantmaking focus for 2014 is based on the Fund’s research report Through a Gender Lens: The Economic Security of Women and Girls in Forsyth County. The Fund is especially interested in receiving proposals from programs that focus on creating social change around the issues of economy security for women and girls. 

As in past years, the Fund has two grant programs through which organizations can apply for funding: The Community Grants Program and The Grassroots Grants Program.  

The Community Grants Program provides grants of up to $30,000 for organizations of all sizes. This program includes an application process and full proposal. Successful first round applicants will also have site visit reviews that will help determine grant allocations. 

The Grassroots Grants Programs is targeted toward smaller organizations (many without development or fundraising staff) so they can compete for grants from the Fund. Community-based grassroots organizations with operating budgets of $250,000 or less may apply for grants from the Fund. The Grassroots Grants Program provides funding up to $10,000.

For more information about the grant programs, visit this link: http://womensfundws.org/page.aspx?pid=401 

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