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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. 


We are not a typical funder:

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

Our membership model is one of the things that make The Women's Fund of Winston-Salem unique. A diverse group of close to 800 women and girls have come together and pooled their financial resources to make grants to improve the lives of women and girls in our community. In addition to providing funding, our members participate in the grant making process by voiting on the organizations and programs that 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 Poverty and Economic Security.

Our grant making focus emanates from our 2015 research report A Second Look- Through a Gender Lens: The Economic Security of Women and Girls in Forsyth County. This report highlights that poverty and economic security encompass and are impacted by these four focus areas in our grant making: financial stability; jobs/career development; education; and family issues.

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