Our History


The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem is a community initiative of The Winston-Salem Foundation that seeks to improve the lives of women and girls by building a community of female philanthropists who provide grants to local programs and initiatives that address the social issues impacting women and girls in Forsyth County.  Our core values include Philanthropy, Inclusion, Community, Empowerment, and Social Justice.

The Women’s Fund embraces a model of inclusiveness to involve women and girls from all socio-economic backgrounds and beliefs. The Fund offers membership to individuals and groups of women and girls. Participant scholarships are awarded to women and girls who are active in the community, but do not have the resources to join.

  • In 2005, 5 women – Michelle Cook, Lynn Eisenberg, Sarah Holthouser, Mary Jamis, and Janie Wilson- engaged in a year-long planning process to create a way to help women and girls in Forsyth County.  The Women’s Fund was established as an advised fund of The Winston-Salem Foundation in 2006.
  • The Women’s Fund community and grassroots grants programs are intended to fund programs that focus the economic security of women and girls in Forsyth County.  These grants create social change – changes in the knowledge, attitudes, thinking, and practices of individuals, groups of individuals, the larger community, and the systems and policies of organizations and institutions.
  • In the last nine years, The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem has awarded a total of 88 grants and over $1.3 million dollars to local organizations working to improve the lives of women and girls in Forsyth County. We have awarded $1,330,373 dollars since 2007 and 3300 women and girls served in Forsyth County.
  • Average award allocation each year: $100,000 - $150,000.  Grants range from $10,000 to $30,000.
  • The Fund’s nearly 800 members include female corporate and non-profit leaders, educators, community leaders, volunteers, entrepreneurs, and students.
  • Membership fees are broken down in 3 ways: 65% - grants, 25% - endowment, and 10% program
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751 W. Fourth St, Suite 200 • Winston-Salem, NC 27101 • 336.714.3468