Women's Fund Members Help Girls Transition out of Foster Care

Women's Fund Welcomes New Board Members

2014 Participant Scholarship Program

Expanded Membership Levels

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February 2014

Featured Story

Women's Fund Members Help Girls Transition out of Foster Care

   Pictured from left to right are: Kerri Wiggins, Tracey Bullock, Gale Hill, Twana Wellman-Roebuck, Carmelita Coleman, Lois Roewade, Irma Richardson, Mildred Wood, Leila Vickers, Delois Harding, Edith Bailey and Betty Alexander.

The ACEY GROUP of The Women's Fund of Winston-Salem,  led by Dr. Betty A. Alexander, hosted their second “One Day Conference for Girls in Transition” on Saturday, January 11, 2014. 
The Conference was held at First Baptist Church on Fifth.  Teen Talk and LINKS of the Department of Social Services collaborated on the Conference. The ACEY Group continues their dedication and support of girls who are transitioning out of the foster care system. These young ladies are encouraged to attend college or some form of specialized training so that they can become economically independent. 

The day began with an opening session, and the young ladies then participated in creative workshops that were led by artistic community leaders who volunteered their time and talents.   The day included a beautiful luncheon, which was followed by expressive performances by the young ladies themselves. The ACEY Group members continue to encourage these young ladies to strive for the very best out of life, and to realize that education is an important link to success.  Linda Jackson Barnes with the Office of the Mayor provided personal and encouraging words to the young ladies. 

Among the community leaders were: Brianna Lowery, UNC Charlotte, Photography; Roebuck Photography; Courtney Taylor; Anthony Foster; Soul Purpose; Leo Rucker; Shayla Herndon Edmunds; Judy Willis; Experiment in Self-Reliance; Akilah Shaw Design and Ja’Net Brown Catering.

Pictured from left to right are: Kerri Wiggins, Tracey
Bullock, Gale Hill, Twana Wellman-Roebuck, Carmelita Coleman, Lois Roewade,
Irma Richardson, Mildred Wood, Leila Vickers, Delois Harding, Edith Bailey and
Betty Alexander.

Written and submitted by: Midlred Wood, ACEY Group Member
Photo by: Roebuck


Women's Fund Welcomes New Board Members

The Women's Fund  is happy to welcome the following new Board Members of the Women's Fund of Winston-Salem:

Henri Brown: Henri has been Director of the Augustine Project/Winston-Salem (one of our wonderful grantees!), since 2008. She has also served as an Augustine tutor for the past nine years, is a member of the Augustine Project Advisory Board and a past Chair. Henri received a BA from the University of Virginia and a MALS from Wake Forest University.

Shari Covitz, PhD: Shari recently retired from Forsyth Tech where she served as Vice President, Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the Forsyth Tech Foundation. In addition to serving as Resource Development Chair for the
Women's Fund, Shari is lending her time and talents as a volunteer to the Board
of Leadership Winston-Salem, the Women's Council of Forsyth Medical Center
Foundation, the Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority of
Winston-Salem, and the SECU Family House. She is also a member and Past
President of the Stratford Rotary Club.

Dedee DeLongpré Johnston: Dedee has over 20 years of experience in
nonprofit management and is currently the director of Sustainability at Wake
Forest University.  She
has a BS in business administration from the University of Southern California and an MBA from Presidio Graduate School. In addition to chairing the Grants Committee forthe Women's Fund, she is also currently serving on the board of the Winston-Salem Sustainability Resource Center and continues to be very involved with the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Lesley-Anne Lamb: Lesley is the office manager and development assistant for the Triad Academy division at Summit School.  She has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and French from Salem College and she holds a not-for-profit management certificate from Salem College.  Lesley joined The Women's Fund through the Participant Scholar program in 2008 and most recently has served on the Inclusiveness Committee as an adviser to the Participant Scholar cohorts.

Silvia C. Ramos: Silvia is employed by Winston-Salem State University as its Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Officer. She earned her undergraduate degree from Florida Gulf Coast University and a master's degree in counseling and human development from Radford University in Virginia. Before coming to W-S, Silvia was associate director of diversity education and training at Virginia Tech where she managed a wide range of diversity programs, led projects and events, and worked with campus teams on a variety of diversity issues.

Jeanne Sayers: Jeanne is currently Director of Development at the Summit School. She earned her BA at Middlebury College in Vermont and comes to North Carolina by way of Chicago, where she was a Director for CCS, one of the largest international consulting firms serving nonprofit organizations. Earlier in her career, she directed programs at the two largest private foundations in Colorado, and led
alumni programs for Kent Denver School (Englewood, CO) and Amigos de las
Americas (Houston, TX).  Jeanne is married to a Winston-Salem native, and they are happy to be raising their two young children here.

2014 Participant Scholarship Program

The Women's Fund of Winston-Salem,
embraces a model of inclusiveness that invites all women and girls in our community to realize their power to make a difference. One way the Fund demonstrates a commitment to inclusiveness is by offering participant scholarships—need-based scholarships for women and girls without the financial means to participate financially in the Fund, yet whose civic, community or cultural work shows a commitment to issues greatly impacting women and girls. Since 2007, The Women’s Fund has awarded participant scholarships to 83 deserving women and girls.  The program has been growing each year and our members have helped every step of the way.

We need your help in identifying women of all ages in the community who would benefit from participant scholarships. Women and girls awarded scholarships will participate as group members of The Fund and will vote with other Women’s Fund members on grant proposals to receive funding. In addition to participation in the voting process, scholars are asked to serve on a committee during their experience with the Fund.

The Deadline for Participant Scholarship Applications is Friday, March 7, 2014.

Nominations should be made by February 25, so that scholarship
nominees have time to complete the application by the deadline.

Please click here to learn more about the ParticipantScholar Program and to download the participant scholarship application and the nomination/recommendation form. You may be interested in an FAQ sheet and “Guide to Nominating Scholars” with additional information regarding the program and nomination process.

Please contact Elizabeth Freeze, elizabeth.freeze@pphs.org or Sabrina Slade sabrina.slade@wsfoundation.org; 336-714-3468) with questions or for more information regarding the nomination process.

Expanded Membership Levels
The Women's Fund of Winston-Salem announced changes to their membership levels at the annual luncheon in November.  This came after many months of research & discussion at the board level and with input from several committees.  At the heart of the issue – how to evolve The Fund’s membership levels to be more inclusive and yet retain (and not dissuade) high-level Sustaining members. Our annual membership fees are the source of funds for The Fund’s annual grants.

The changes to membership levels resulted in several new levels designed primarily to broaden our membership base and make membership in The Fund accessible to more women.  For instance, two new levels were added for Individuals:  a Supporting Individual Member and an Associate Individual Member.   At the group level, a Supporting Group Membership
(for groups up to 4 members) was added.  This helps individuals more easily form a group, build relationships within the Fund and feel more in touch.  Each individual and group membership level receives 1 vote during the grant making process.  Sustaining Members and group leaders will be invited to special events throughout the year in recognition of their generous support.

Specifically the new membership levels are as follows:

Individual Level:

  • Sustaining Individual Member at $1,200 + per year
  • Supporting Individual Member at $600 per year
  • Associate Individual Member at $150 per year

Group Level:

  • Sustaining Group Membership (groups up to 12) at $1,200+ per year
  • Supporting Group Membership (groups up to 4) at $600 per year

If you have questions about the new membership model or wish to learn more about membership opportunities, please contact Sabrina Slade or Wendy Brenner.

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