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Women's Fund Announces 2013 Grant Recipients

WF 2013 Grants Recipients


The Women's Fund of Winston-Salem recently awarded $153,897 in grants to seven local nonprofit organizations. Recipients were announced at The Fund’s Eighth Annual Luncheon on Wednesday, November 13, at the Benton Convention Center.  Grants were awarded to organizations that successfully proposed ways to address Self Sufficiency; Health and Safety; Leadership; and Family Issues as outlined in a 2010 report Through a Gender Lens: The Economic Security of Women and Girls in Forsyth County.

This year, the following organizations were awarded grants by the members of The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem: 

Authoring Action was awarded $10,000 for The Artemis Authors program. The goal of Artemis Authors is to work with girls who are at risk of low academic attainment to help them discover their own unique voice, helping them become leaders in the community.

Children's Home Society of NC was awarded $20,000 to expand its successful Wise Guys program to males in two additional middle schools in Forsyth County.  As the other half of the teen pregnancy issue, Wise Guys teaches healthy relationships, proper communication, respect, and decision making while stressing that males share the responsibility of preventing unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections.
Crosby Scholars was awarded $28,000 to expand its highly successful ¡Excelencia! program to two additional middle schools in Forsyth County.  Young Latinas from seven area middle schools will participate in academic, college preparation, career exploration and personal development workshops to increase confidence and motivation to graduate from high school and pursue higher education. 

Experiment in Self-Reliance was awarded $15,000 to recruit and train 90 women to participate in the Individual Development Account Program.  ESR’s IDA Program serves working low-income individuals in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County community, helping eligible families become first time homeowners. 

Guiding Institute for Developmental Education was awarded $30,000 to expand The STEM for Girls program that will engage 60 low-income Forsyth County girls in an interactive learning program to increase their knowledge, interest and competency in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields and offer them a career path to higher paying jobs and significant opportunities for economic security.

Piedmont Triad Regional Council was awarded $29,997 to create a curriculum that will address the needs of mothers successfully reuniting with their children after incarceration.  The research and planning of the Successful Transition as Mothers Post-Prison program will model and build on the core structure and design of Project Reentry, the Piedmont Triad Regional Council’s nationally recognized best practice program for former offenders.

The YWCA of Winston-Salem was awarded $20,900 to implement Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy and Sporting Chance, two of the many programs within the nationally recognized Girls, Inc. model. The Girls, Inc. model focuses on equipping girls with the skills necessary to handle tough situation during puberty and developing healthy habits that help them succeed in life. 

“Since the first luncheon eight years ago, members of The Fund have granted over $1 million dollars to the community needs of women and girls,” said Allison Brashear, Chair of the Board.  Brashear continued, “We know that a woman’s ability to take care of herself and her family, as well as her ability to contribute to her community, depends on her ability to be economically secure.” 

Women's Fund Celebrates One Million in Change



The eighth annual Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem luncheon, held on November 13, was celebrated with the theme of One Million in Change.  In eight short years the Fund has raised and awarded grants totaling $1 million, thereby effecting positive change in an untold number of lives forever.  The keynote speaker, Gail Perry, a well-known non-profit advocate and fund raising consultant, gave the WFWS high praise and encouraged members to feel extremely proud of this accomplishment.

Wanda Starke, anchor at WXII, was again this years Master of Ceremonies. Allison Brashear, Chair of the Fund led the meeting and introduced Michelle Cook and Mary Jamis, WFWS Advisory Council members, who announced the Funds new membership level structure.

The highlight of the annual luncheon was the announcement of this year's grant recipients, which is the culmination of many months of work not only for the Fund but also for the grantees. 

Standing ovations for each recipient from a baquet room filled with nearly 700 attendees - including Fund members and community sponsors - marked another successful year for the Fund.

A Message from The Director

Last week,
 while conducting my weekly grocery errands, I was approached by a woman who introduced herself as a member of The Women’s Fund.  She told me that she attended our annual luncheon a few weeks ago for the first time and was amazed by the number of people who cared about women and girls in our community.  She went on to explain a few creative ways to introduce more people to The Women’s Fund.  After our 20-minute discussion, in the middle of the produce section of Harris Teeter, she ended the conversation with, “What can I do to help?” 

“What can I do to help?” has been a gesture of generosity I've consistently experienced since I assumed the role as Director of The Women’s Fund in August of this year.  I’ve heard this on countless occasions from members, volunteers, and donors.  And, like my conversation at Harris Teeter, it typically follows a thoughtful explanation of opportunities to serve more women and girls in our community.  The Women’s Fund consists of some truly amazing people.

This has been a milestone year for The Women’s Fund.  Since awarding our first grant in 2007, we proudly announced in November that we have granted over $1 million to agencies helping women and girls in our community.  This milestone is due to the many, MANY hands helping The Women’s Funds carry out its mission.  Donors, Women’s Fund members, volunteer committee members, Advisory Council members, and Board members share their funds, time, and talent to help women and girls in our community every day. As a one-woman department, I am so thankful to have such a supportive team.  For your work and dedication to women and girls in our community, I appreciate all that you do. 

I hope that you are as excited as I am about the possibilities that 2014 will bring.  A new year brings new opportunities.  If you haven’t thought about it, ask yourself what you can do to help more women and girls in 2014.  And, as always, please feel free to stop me on any grocery store isle if you feel moved to do so!

Sabrina Slade

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