Mission & History

POWER OF COLLECTIVE GIVING

The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem is a community of passionate women creating social change through the power of collective giving. Established in 2005, our mission is to engage our community to build economic security for women and girls in Forsyth County.

Our nearly 600 members include individuals from all walks of life, backgrounds, and circumstances. They are corporate and nonprofit leaders, educators, activists, community leaders, entrepreneurs, students, and volunteers.

We all share the belief that all women and girls in Forsyth County should have equal opportunities and the skills and resources to be independent, self-sufficient, and contributing members of the community. So far, the Fund has granted over $1.6 million to programs that directly benefit the women of Forsyth County.  

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What We Do

  • Women's Philanthropy: Promoting the collective economic impact of women who invest time, talent, and treasure in women and girls in our community
  • Grantmaking: Providing grants to local programs and initiatives that address the social issues affecting the economic security of women and girls in Forsyth County
  • Advocacy: Providing opportunities and supporting efforts to educate our community on the current and emerging issues that affect the economic security of women and girls in Forsyth County
OUR VISION

We envision a community where all women and girls:

  • have equal opportunities, skills, and resources to be independent, self-sufficient, and contributing members of the community.
  • are healthy and live in homes and communities without fear of violence.
  • are empowered and equipped to be leaders in the community.
  • are supported in their roles in their families, regardless of their family structure.
  • are active philanthropists who share their time, treasures, and talents to better the community regardless of their economic status.
Our Mission

The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem engages our community to build economic security for women and girls in Forsyth County.


Our Values

  • Philanthropy: We believe that encouraging and valuing the investment of time, talent, and treasure can result in systemic change for women and girls in our community.
  • Inclusion: We strive for a community where women and girls of all backgrounds—including diversity of race, age, ability, culture, economic status, education, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation—are engaged at all levels of society so that their unique backgrounds, talents, and beliefs may serve to enhance our community and one another.
  • Community: We believe that providing leadership that focuses on the needs of women and girls helps build and strengthen our whole community.
  • Empowerment: We believe that all women and girls can effect change in their lives, organizations, and communities.
  • Social Justice: We strive to raise the status of women and girls until their value, worth, and dignity are fully respected so that all women are treated fairly and equitably.
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