Save the Date! 8th Annual Luncheon

Luncheon Keynote Speaker 

Let's Discuss and Let's Vote

Deadline to Make a Tribute Gift - Friday, October 25

Eighth Annual Luncheon
Presented by
Wake Forest Baptist Health

November 13, 2013

12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Benton Convention Center
Tickets $25

Important Membership News!

Membership changes are on the horizon.  Read more about these changes and how The Women's Fund continues to strive to serve more women and girls in Forsyth County.

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October 2013

Save the Date!  8th Annual Women's Fund Celebration


You are invited! Join us as hundreds of members and friends of The Women's Fund of Winston-Salem gather to celebrate the power of women's philanthropy.


Presenting Sponsor

When: November 13, 2013, noon -1:30 p.m.
Where:  Benton Convention Center
Host:  Wanda Starke, WXII Anchor
Tickets: $25 - Individual tickets will go on sale beginning October 7th.

 Visit our website to purchase tickets on 10/7/13.

Luncheon Keynote Speaker, Gail Perry


The Women's Fund of Winston-Salem welcomes Gail Perry, MBA,CFRE as the keynote speaker and voice of inspiration for the 8thAnnual Luncheon Celebration of last year’s achievements and launch of this year’s theme, “One Million in Change.”

Gail Perry is the best-selling author of Fired-Up Fundraising: Turn Board Passion into Action (Wiley).  Her Fired-Up Fundraising™ approach has helped organizations achieve millions of dollars in gifts and support.  Not only is Gail a best-selling author, she is a motivational speaker for events and workshops.  Her practical and empowering approach leaves attendees encouraged, energetic and motivated about achieving their goals.

She is the founder of Gail Perry Associates, a Raleigh-based consulting and training firm, and past President of the Triangle Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, which recently awarded her 2011 Outstanding Fundraising Executive of the Year.  The Giving Show, aired by the Wall Street Network, has also recognized Gail as one of the Top 30 Most Effective Fundraising Consultants in the U.S.  Her fundraising career was launched at Duke University, after which she directed the fundraising program at The Kenan Flagler School of Business, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Gail holds a MBA and a BA with honors in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

It’s a pleasure and an honor to welcome Gail Perry, as the keynote spokeswoman, for our 8th Annual Luncheon Celebration on Wednesday, November 13. Please join us in igniting social change with hundreds of members and friends of The Women's Fund of Winston-Salem who gather to celebrate the power of women's philanthropy.

Let's Discuss and Let's Vote

The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem invites you to a complimentary members-only discussion of the 2013 slate of grant proposals.

This event provides you a forum to learn more about the various grant proposals and how they can support the economic security of women and girls on our community. You will also have the opportunity to have a rich and robust discussion with other Women’s Fund members about the proposals.  We encourage individual members, group leaders and group members to attend.

When: Wednesday, Oct. 9th, 2013 from noon - 1:30p (lunch served) -or- from 5:30p - 7:00p (appetizers served)
Where: Temple Emanuel Social Hall, 201 Oakwood Dr.
Childcare: provided upon request

Please RSVP by Friday, Oct. 4th by visiting or by calling 336-714-3468.

This year, our annual Grant Review and voting period will take place between September 30 th and October 20th. Voting members of The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem received materials, including the grant proposal summaries and ballots, at the end of September.  All ballots must be submitted to The Fund by October 20. Details of the voting procedures are outlined in the proposal summaries. .

 Deadline to Make a Tribute Gift - October 25

MAKE A TRIBUTE GIFT TO THE WOMEN'S FUND to honor someone who has inspired and influenced your commitment to service and purpose.

Your invitation to the 8th annual Women’s Fund Luncheon on November 13 will arrive soon, and we hope you’re holding the date on your calendar for this important event.  Once again, we invite you to participate in this annual celebration by attending and filling a table with your friends.  In addition, we ask that you take this opportunity to honor the people who inspired or served as your role models by making a tribute gift to The Women’s Fund.

With a gift of $50 or more, your honoree and you will be listed in the program for the annual luncheon.  A special card from The Women’s Fund will be sent to your honoree to let them know of your gift.  You can recognize as many people as you like with a donation of $50 or more for each of your honorees.

All tribute gifts provide direct support for our mission—to improve the lives of women and girls in Forsyth County.  Gifts may be made in honor or in memory of someone who inspired you.  To ensure that your tribute is listed in the luncheon program, your gift must be received no later than October 25, 2013.

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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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February/March 2013

Featured Story

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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