Our History


The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem is a community initiative of The Winston-Salem Foundation that is a community of passionate women creating social change through the power of collective giving. Our mission is to engage our community to build economic security for women and girls in Forsyth County. Our core values include Philanthropy, Inclusion, Community, Empowerment, and Social Justice.

The Women’s Fund embraces a model of inclusiveness to involve women and girls from all socio-economic backgrounds and beliefs. The Fund offers membership to individuals and groups of women and girls.

  • In 2005, five women – Michelle Cook, Lynn Eisenberg, Sarah Holthouser, Mary Jamis, and Janie Wilson- engaged in a year-long planning process to create a way to help women and girls in Forsyth County.  The Women’s Fund was established as an advised fund of The Winston-Salem Foundation in 2006.
  • The Women’s Fund has a community grants program through which organizations may apply for funding. This programs seeks to ensure that all women and girls in Forsyth County have equal opportunities and the skills and resources to be independent, self-sufficient, and contributing members of the community.
  • In the last thirteen years, The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem has awarded over $1.6 million dollars to local organizations working to improve the lives of women and girls in Forsyth County. 
  • This grant program will provide organizations of all sizes with grants of up to $15,000.
  • The Fund’s nearly 800 members include female corporate and non-profit leaders, educators, community leaders, volunteers, entrepreneurs, and students.
  • Membership fees are broken down in 3 ways: 65% - grants, 25% - endowment, and 10% program
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751 W. Fourth St, Suite 200 • Winston-Salem, NC 27101 • 336.714.3467