On Wednesday, November 8, The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem held its 18th annual luncheon celebration at the Benton Convention Center, where 400 friends and members of the Fund gathered to support efforts so local women and girls can have access to the resources they need to feel safe, pursue their dreams, and thrive. The luncheon theme was Strengthening Connections. Activating Change
The Women’s Fund supports organizations implementing programs that address the challenges women face in achieving economic security so that all women and girls have access to equitable opportunities. Its unique membership model enables members to pool their financial resources to make grants to support women and girls in our community. Members also participate in the grantmaking process by voting on the organizations and programs that will receive funding.
The Fund congratulates nine local nonprofits receiving $15,000 grants, for a total of $135,000 in grants made in 2023:
Anuli Pregnancy Care Services: $15,000 to provide transitional support services and host educational and wellness workshops for new and expecting mothers
City with Dwellings: $15,000 to create a Women's Guest Support (Diversion) Fund for expenses that help women overcome financial barriers to prevent or resolve their homelessness
Eliza’s Helping Hands: $15,000 to provide holistic mental health support and career exploration opportunities through the PEARLS program
The Parenting Path: $15,000 to launch all-female Knock Out Program cohorts to address the needs of young ladies and their caregivers specifically.
Financial Pathways of the Piedmont: $15,000 to support the Pathways to Savings program, a matched savings program designed to improve financial well-being and economic mobility for low-to-moderate-income female heads of households
LEAD Girls: $15,000 to support its STEAM Pilot Program, a new certified education
component for 18 middle school girls to develop STEAM skills and career literacy
Living Is Finally Enjoyable Winston-Salem (L.I.F.E. W-S): $15,000 to provide transitional housing and wraparound support services to single mothers and her children Our Opportunity 2 Love and Heal: $15,000 for a 12- week pilot program engaging middle-and-high school girls impacted by trauma and violence
Winston Salem Mixxer: $15,000 to hire and train female instructors, obtain gender-appropriate safety equipment and tools, and establish a scholarship fund for Mixxer's Women's Welding and Woodworking Workshops
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The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem is a community of passionate women creating social change through the power of collective giving. Established in 2005, our mission is to engage our community to build economic security for women and girls in Forsyth County.
Today, the Fund's unique membership model engages a diverse group of several hundred passionate women who pool our resources of time, talent, and treasure to advance the Fund's mission through grantmaking, research, and advocacy.
We share the belief that all women and girls in Forsyth County should have equal opportunities and the skills and resources to be independent, self-sufficient, and contributing members of the community. So far, the Fund has granted more than $2.28 million to programs that directly benefit the women and girls of Forsyth County. More at womensfundws.org.