What Makes Us Different


We believe in the democratization of philanthropy.

We believe you don’t need to be rich to be a philanthropist. It doesn’t matter how much you can give: your contribution to The Women’s Fund means you are part of a community helping women and girls reach their full potential.  By pooling our resources and leveraging our money, we can all be philanthropists and agents of social change. Together we can make a lasting impact on the lives of women and girls in our community.

We believe in the power of diversity.

The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem embraces a model of inclusiveness so that all women and girls in our community realize their power to make a difference. We believe that engaging women and girls of all socio-economic backgrounds, talents, and beliefs enhances our community and one another. 

Click here to learn more about research that our Inclusiveness Committee had done to affirm The Women's Fund's commitment to Inclusiveness.

We are not a typical funder:

  •  The members of The Women's Fund determine which organizations receive grants. 

Composed of Women's Fund members, our Grants Committee reviews and evalutes proposals, presenting summaries of the best proposals to our full membership who serve as the final reviewers and decision makers. Each membership is entitled to vote on which proposals will receive funding.

  • Our grant funding is focused on women and girls.

Currently, less than 7% of philanthropic dollars are directed to programs that specifically support women and girls. Women are disproportionately affected by many issues such as poverty, lack of health care, pay inequity, and violence. By supporting programs that create opportunities to improve the economic, educational, physical health, and emotional well-being of women and girls, we can improve the overall quality of life in our community.

  • Our grants focus on creating social change, not just providing social services.

We seek to address the root causes of problems so that they do not continue to negatively impact the lives of women and girls in our community. We do this by supporting programs that create 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.

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