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Benton Convention Center

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December 2016

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Eleventh Annual Women's Fund Luncheon


The Eleventh Annual Women's Fund Luncheon of Winston-Salem  truly was an inspiring event, bringing people from across the community together with its theme, "Rising Together". More than 700 attendees filled the Benton Convention Center on November 15th and enjoyed mingling, networking, and learning more about the ways the Women's Fund and The Winston-Salem Foundation are strengthening our community.

Participants had the opportunity to find out about two exciting new initiatives: The worldwide Equal by 2030 campaign, which will drive some of the Fund's activities in the coming years, and Winston-Salem Women Owned, a joint project managed by the Women’s Fund and innovateHER, a local nonprofit on a mission to foster economic development and support female entrepreneurs.

Winston-Salem Women Owned will connect consumers with women-owned businesses throughout our city and surrounding areas. Business owners were encouraged to sign up to be included in the directory and consumers learned how to access the directory and a geo-locator app to help them find women-owned businesses in real time.

Highlights of the program, which was emceed by Wanda Stark, included a keynote address by Twana W. Roebuck, Executive Director of Experiment in Self Reliance (ESR).

ESR has helped over 500 individuals become first-time homeowners and assists families in a variety of situations —victims of house fires and domestic violence, those who have encountered a major financial setback due to health care costs, those who have experienced a change in life circumstances such as divorce or death of a family member, and people who are caught up in the endless cycles of generational poverty and chronic homelessness.  (ESR was awarded a $15,000 grant in 2014 for the Individual Development Account Program which serves working, low-income individuals.) 

Mrs. Roebuck's remarks beautifully conveyed just how important community support is, and how much of an impact we can make when we work together. 

Finally, the four 2016 grant recipients were announced and introduced. They are:

TCK Providence, Inc.:  $29,920 for a social worker to help ensure that participants in the Triad Community Kitchen (TCK) Culinary Training Program will be able to take full advantage of their newly acquired skills. The social worker will assess potential employment barriers, coordinate appropriate services with partner agencies, and ensure that graduates are "workplace ready" and positioned for success.  Approximately 60 to 80 women will be directly impacted by this program.

Children's Home Society of NC: $26,500 to present Wise Guys, a nationally recognized evidence-based program that reduces teen pregnancy by changing the attitudes and behaviors of adolescent males towards their female counterparts. The program emphasizes healthy relationships and teaches proper communication, respect, and decision-making while stressing that males must share the responsibility of preventing unintended pregnancies and STDs. The program will be presented at 10 sites in Forsyth County and will reach a minimum of 725 teens.

Planned Parenthood South Atlantic: (PPSAT) $30,000 for the Contraceptive Choice project which educates and empowers teens to choose the contraceptive method that works best for their needs. PPSAT will educate and offer long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods – intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants – which are safe to use, do not require taking a pill every day, and can be 99% effective in preventing pregnancy for three to ten years. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), have all endorsed LARC as a first-line contraceptive choice for teens, but many forgo LARC methods because of cost. This grant will ensure that at least 37 teens will have access to reliable, worry-free protection while they focus on their high school/college careers.

LEAD Girls of NC:  $9,971 to conduct workshops for low-income/at-risk preteen girls. Using an evidence-based curriculum, LEAD builds self-confidence, teaches leadership and communication skills, and promotes social responsibility and community service. LEAD (Learning Everyday.  Accomplishing Dreams.) encourages and mentors girls to succeed academically, emotionally, and creatively.

A total of $96,397 in grants were awarded that will directly impact the lives of many women, girls, and families in our area, and a wonderfully diverse group came together to celebrate the power of collective giving. The Women's Fund of Winston Salem and the sponsors created a very special event that surely made all who attended feel empowered and inspired to Rise Together.

Written and submitted by: Melody Thomson, Marketing committee chair

 Women's Fund Committee Members Needed 


To our passionate, engaged, and talented members: The Fund needs you.  We rely on having active volunteers in many capacities to help us function efficiently and fulfill our mission. If you have skills or interests that align with one of the committees below, please consider contacting Sabrina Slade and joining today!  The committee chairs for 2017 are listed below. 

Events Committee ~ Chair: Amy Leander

Plans, organizes, and coordinates events throughout the year, including the annual luncheon.

Finance Committee ~ Chair: Margaret Leinbach

Oversees The Women's Fund financial accounting and management.

Grants Committee ~ Chair: Gwenn Clements

Oversees and implements the grants-making process and reviews grant applications.

Inclusiveness Committee ~ Chair: Shawn Ricks

Ensures diversity across all Fund activities from membership to grant awards.

Leadership Development Committee ~ Chair: Amy Lytle

Recruits and trains prospective Board and Committee members.

Membership Development Committee ~ Chair: Amy Justice

Oversees member recruitment activities, maintains a speaker's bureau, and works to engage and retain members.

Marketing & Public Relations Committee ~ Chair: Melody Thomson

Develops both internal communication to members and external promotion of The Women's Fund.

Research, Education, & Advocacy Committee ~ Chair: Elizabeth Jeter

Collects and analyzes data, develops reports, and disseminates information through educational and advocacy activities.

Resource Development Committee ~ Chair: Clair Giffin

Oversees all fundraising and the acquisition of gifts for The Women's Fund Endowment 

  Save the Date for Fund Do 2017!


Join us on May 11, 2017 when we will host our second annual Fund Do Party! This exciting technology-driven fundraiser will be held at The Milton Rhodes Center.

 The party relies on social giving which incorporates Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram interactions before, during and after the party. The evening will include entertainment, food, and fun! Plan to join us for this unique event - participate as an attendee, donor or an influencer on social media.  This event is open to the community. Proceeds from the Fund Do Party will enable us to strategically combat issues, such as poverty, through education, advocacy and partnerships that can move the needle over time.

More info to come so stay tuned!

 Honoring Using Retirement Accounts for Charitable Good - the Benefit of the IRA Charitable Rollover
There is good news for charitable individuals in their 70s and older!  Legislation made permanent last year allows up to $100,000 to be transferred from IRAs to charity each year – free from federal tax.

Here is what you need to know:

  • You must be age 70 ½ or older at the time of gift,
  • Transfers must be made directly from a traditional IRA account by your IRA administrator to a nonprofit organization such as the Winston-Salem Foundation for the Women’s Fund Endowment,
  • Funds that are withdrawn by you and then contributed do not qualify.  Gifts from 401K, 403b, and other plans also do not qualify,
  • Gifts must be outright.  Distributions to Donor Advised Funds or life income arrangements such as Charitable Remainder Trusts do not qualify.

Qualified Distributions:

  • Can total up to $100,000,
  • Will be free from federal income tax, but will not generate an income tax charitable deduction,
  • Count towards your required minimum distribution for the year from your IRA.

For more information on giving tools, contact Annette Lynch at (336)714-3455 or Susan Elster at (336)714-3451.

Ask Alison


Send in questions about the Fund and our Board Chair will answer them for you.  Ask anything!  Email Alison here.

  Alison Ashe-Card is Board Chair for the Women's Fund.  She is the Assistant Director of the Office of Career and Professional Development at the Wake Forest University School of Law.

  Question: How is the Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem partnering with InnovateHER?  

  Answer: In April 2016, the Fund received a marketing grant from Allegra Print and Imaging to partner with InnovateHer to develop an online directory of women-owned businesses in our community. The directory can be found here: http://wswomenowned.com/ 
  This work supports the Fund’s commitment to the Equal by 2030 pledge and contributes to our effort to help women become more financially secure. We believe this will help us make an impact on the rates of poverty for women in Forsyth County.

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