Grantee Partners Surpass Goals
   Girls on the Run
   Crosby Scholars Excelencia!

New Board Members

Violence Against Women

NC Women's Roundtable
NC Women's Roundtable

March 11, 2013
11 am - 4 pm

The Empire Room
203 S. Elm Street
Greensboro, NC 27401

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Grantee Partners Surpass Goals

RECENTLY SUBMITTED FINAL GRANT REPORTS found a number of our grantee partners exceeding the goals they orignally set for their programs. In this newsletter we feature stories about two of these grantee partners and the outcomes of their grant from The Women's Fund.

Girls on the Run – An Exercise in Empowerment

When Traci heard her friends at church eagerly chatting about Girls on the Run/Forsyth (GOTR), an after-school empowerment program for preteens, she couldn’t wait to join. Today, she’s glad she did: through GOTR, Traci has flourished in new and surprising ways. The program combines life skills training and physical activity, preparing Traci and other girls aged 8 through 11 for a lifetime of achievement. Certified GOTR coaches lead girls in lessons on teambuilding, social skills, physical exercise, decision-making and more. Participants develop new friendships and a sense of community, and take part in an end-of-season 5K race. In 2012, the Women’s Fund grant of $16,700 to Forsyth Medical Center Foundation’s GOTR supported the participation of 176 girls at nine equity-plus elementary school and community-based sites serving underprivileged neighborhoods. After involvement in GOTR, more than 80 percent of girls report feeling much more positive about themselves. In Traci’s case, GOTR went above and beyond expectations.

Read Traci's story

Excelencia! - Hispanic girls on the road to success

Hispanic girls and their parents are learning the value of education through Excelencia!, an outreach program of Crosby Scholars. The Women's Fund recently supported Excelencia! for a second time because of its success in recruiting, mentoring and teaching Hispanic girls the importance of graduating for high school and going to college. Excelencia's emphasis on education addresses root causes of poverty and unemployment, a key priority of The Women's Fund. During its first grant, the program encouraged 118 Hispanic middle school girls to succeed in school and careers in a program that addressed issues of ethnic pride, self-esteem, cultural values and the importance of education.

Read about the Excelencia! program

Welcome New Board Members

THE WOMEN'S FUND RECENTLY ELECTED five women to serve a three year term on the Board of Directors beginning in 2013. These new members bring a wealth of skills and experience to complement the current board. The new members are: Candice Wooten Brown, Tricia Deforest, Andrea S. Kurtz, Allison Norton-Rimron, and Gemma Saluta.

The Women’s Fund is most appreciative of the invaluable leadership and community service of the board members who completed their terms of service on the Board of Directors at the end of 2012, Mary Jamis and Sharee Fowler, and also to former members Jane Martin and Kathy Stitts who also ended their service in 2012.

Read brief bios of each new board member

2013 Research Focus: Violence Against Women

THE WOMEN'S FUND will be focusing on the issue of violence against women in 2013. In a recent survey, members of The Women's Fund were asked about the most important issues facing women and girls in our community. In addition to finding out what interests our membership, the responses also help drive the Fund's issue briefs and educational events. Members were asked to rate the most important issues from a variety of topics facing women and girls, including employment issues, education, poverty and access to work, child care, financial literacy, health and leadership. Several members expressed an interest in the areas of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. According to one respondent, "all of these issues are important -- and many so core to what life looks and feels like for women and girls."

Domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking, however, are of particular importance because of the long term effects and wide-reaching scope of the issues. According to Kenyetta Richmond, a Victim Advocate and Outreach Specialist in the Safe Relationships Division of Family Services, Inc, domestic violence and sexual assault are some of the most widespread and underreported crimes affecting women and girls. "A woman or girl can be raped decades ago and never share that. Yet, her life has been affected since the moment the violation occurred. Maybe she managed and is a productive, functioning citizen in society. Often times, however, she does not. She is crippled and has trouble identifying as a survivor."

Join Us at the North Carolina Women's Roundtable

PLEASE MAKE PLANS TO JOIN US in Greensboro on March 11, 2013 for the North Carolina Women's Roundtable.

Celebrate Women's History month with representatives from North Carolina’s key women's leadership groups as they celebrate the release of three new ground-breaking reports on issues affecting women and girls in North Carolina:

  • The Institute of Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) in partnership with the North Carolina Council for Women and Wells Fargo will release the Status of Women in North Carolina Report with new data on economic security/poverty, employment/earnings, health/well- being and political participation.
  • Meredith College will release the Status of Girls in North Carolina Report
  • North Carolina Women United will present their draft report card for the 2012 women’s assemblies.
Join us to discuss the findings and what this information means to women and girls in North Carolina. Develop strategies to strengthen alliances and create a common agenda for progress.

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