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Women to Women has granted more than $1 million since 2008
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Women to Women has granted more than $1 million since 2008

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Women to Women, Greensboro’s first and only permanent grant-making endowment created to address issues facing women and families, was founded in 2008.

Four Greensboro women — Louise Brady, Lisa Bullock, Ann Lineweaver and Linda Sloan — established the endowment at the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro. Their goal was to provide large, high-impact grants to support issues relevant to women and their families in Guilford County.

The potential of women using “the power of the purse” to effect real change is staggering. Over the next decade, women will control two-thirds of all consumer wealth in the United States. They will also receive the largest transfer of wealth in our country’s history. From $12 trillion to $40 trillion in new wealth is expected to pass into the hands (and purses) of women over the next few years.

Tapping into that resource, grants awarded by Women to Women focus on economic independence for women and their families.

Since its founding, Women to Women has granted more than $1 million to 23 organizations serving women in the Greensboro area. Its member/donors help create positive and measurable long-term change in our community. It allows women to pool their resources and work together to promote and fund programs that remove the social, economic and educational barriers that keep women from reaching their full intellectual and vocational potential.

This year’s Advisory Committee co-chairwomen are Andy Budd and Wanda Ladd.

THE ENDOWMENT LOOKS FOR PROGRAMS THAT DEMONSTRATE:

• Collaboration among partners in the community

• Use of “best practices”

• Creativity and imagination

• Potential to make a measurable difference, for which return on investment can be demonstrated.

• Potential to significantly change at multiple levels — community, system, organizational and personal

LAST YEAR’S RECIPIENTS HAVE IMPROVED WOMEN’S LIVES IN MANY WAYS

The Nehemiah Community Empowerment Center Inc. created the Phenomenal Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) training program, which prepares women and girls in Guilford County to be successful in the STEM, robotics and information technology fields. The goal is to reduce educational inequity among women and develop a more diverse, qualified and competitive workforce for the 4 million STEM and IT jobs available in the U.S.

The Housing Consultant Group provides training to empower women through financial stability and education in preparation for homeownership. The collaboration with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro is increasing the diversity of potential homeowners, improving the financial knowledge in households at 50 percent or less of the area median income, changing spending behaviors to promote successful and sustainable homeownership and helping female homeowners to effect positive change in their neighborhoods and communities.

The Family Economic Success Initiative at the Women’s Resource Center includes interactive workshops and ongoing support services to boost education and financial security. Participants gain knowledge and skills to effectively get off the financial tightrope, overcome basic subsistence needs and plan for the future.

Triad Local First’s Women Independent Business Owners Network gathers a group of diverse women independent business owners to encourage and facilitate one another’s professional growth and success. WIBON will provide forums for building relationships so women will achieve career and personal success through education, resources, relationships and recognition. The program helps connect members with resources and provides educational courses on topics like branding and social media.

The Family Success Center at the United Way of Greater Greensboro’s multi-year grant addresses the needs of low-income families.

No one knows the most pressing issues women will be face women in the future, but with the Women to Women permanent grant-making endowment, the seeds of hope planted by women today will help meet those needs for women for generations to come.

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