Passionate Women, Passionate Giving

Grantee Partner Expresses Gratitute

The Fund Welcomes Six New Board Members

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November/December 2011 

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Passionate Women, Passionate Giving

ON NOVEMBER 11, 2011, The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem celebrated the extraordinary giving power of women and girls at its sixth annual luncheon held at the Benton Convention Center. Over 700 women (and a generous sampling of men) attended the event. For the second year in a row, WXII anchor and Women’s Fund member Wanda Starke emceed the event. Speakers for the luncheon included: Cheryl E. H. Locke, Reverend Margaret Leinbach, Mary Jamis, Michelle Cook and Holly Marion.

Dr. Brenda Allen, Winston-Salem State University Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, gave the keynote address. In her address, Dr. Allen discussed how education provides a means to “transform the self while transforming the academy.” Sharing her personal story of educational trials and triumphs, she encouraged the audience to evaluate the role women and girls have in redefining education.

Shortly after Dr. Allen’s remarks, the 2011 Grant Recipients were named. The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem awarded six grants totaling $108,856 to the following grantee partners: Communities in Schools of Forsyth County, Inc., Forsyth Medical Center Foundation, Smart Start of Forsyth County, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, Dress for Success Winston-Salem and Family Promise of Forsyth County.  And, in an impressive landslide, 95% of the memberships that voted supported the special intiative to allocate an additional $20,000 to be directed towards community-based teen pregnancy prevention efforts in Forsyth County.

In addition to celebrating the many successes that the Fund has accomplished in the past year, the luncheon also gave members and prospective members the opportunity to be inspired by local women who are making a difference. “The Women's Fund luncheon gave me the opportunity to learn about what women do in our community. Women in our community are going out of the office and taking action. They are making sure things get done and in the process are helping those that are in need. The luncheon was very inspiring and has inspired me to do more in our community besides going to school and making good grades,” said Kristen Evans, a Teens-4-Change member who attended the luncheon with nine other teens.

For six years The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem has cultivated a strong community of female philanthropists who are harnessing their passion and power to create social change.

- Lamaya Williams

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Grantee Partner Expresses Gratitude

parents and their families we serve, I want to express my gratitude to the members of The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem for making it possible for my Latina school social work assistant, Gricelda Mendez Flores, to continue to help our community’s Latino teen parents in 2012.

Without this financial support, Gricelda’s position would have ended this December. The number of Latina teen mothers graduating from Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools would have plummeted.

Knowing that you support our work strengthens us to “keep on keeping on”! We work daily with youth and families shackled in poverty by oppressive forces, including regulations that make it impossible for some Latino youth to access post-secondary education, drive a car or get a job. Gricelda and I are gratified to know that we are surrounded by a group of philanthropic women who want us to do exactly what we are doing. Your support allows us to work towards a day when graduating from high school and undertaking some kind of post-secondary education or training—paired with work—are considered normal life accomplishments for all youth in Forsyth County, and teenage parenthood is rare. Thank you!

Faith Lockwood
School Social Worker for Teen Parents and Their Families 

The Fund Welcomes New Board Members 

 six women to serve a three year term on the Board of Directors beginning in 2012.  These new members bring a wealth of skills and experience to complement the current board.  The new members are: Anita Bain, Sandra Combs Boyette, Wendy Brenner, Alison Ashe-Card,Dr. Kathy Stitts,and Tory White.

The Women’s Fund is most appreciative of the invaluable leadership and community service of the following four board members who each complete their terms of service on the Board of Directors at the end of 2011:  Michelle Cook, Sarah Holthouser, laudia Zorn Schaefer, and Leila Vickers.

Click here to read brief profiles of each of our incoming board members   

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on the lives of women and girls in our community. However, there is much that still needs to be done. Real social change takes time and will need our continued and sustained investments.

Please consider making a special year-end gift to The Women's Fund to help ensure continued progress in addressing the core issues facing women and girls in our community. Your gift now means that The Women's Fund can extend its reach to more organizations and individuals in the coming year.

Your contributions may be made in honor of, or in memory of a special friend or loved one. No more meaningful gift can be given at the holidays than one which helps address the needs in our community. Gifts made to The Women's Fund are a wonderful way to say "I believe in the power of women to make a difference." When you make a tribute gift to The Women's Fund of Winston-Salem, we will send a personalized Women's Fund card with a message notifying the recipient of the gift in her honor. Donate online or send in your contribution before December 31st to enjoy the full benefits of a tax deduction this year.

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