NCCF statewide Women's Fund
NCCF statewide Women's Fund announces grants for 2012
The North Carolina Community Foundation is pleased to announce the 2012 grant recipients from the statewide Women’s Fund, according to Jennifer Tolle Whiteside, NCCF president and CEO. Receiving a total of $9,600 in grants were:
- Church on the Rise Peacemakers Family Center, Rocky Mount: $2,000
- The Family Violence Prevention Center, Raleigh: $2,000
- Sheltered Aid to Families, Wilkesboro: $2,000
- Chowan/Perquimans Smart Start Partnership, Edenton: $1,600
- My Sister’s House, Rocky Mount: $1,000
- Women of Hope, Inc.: Wilmington: $1,000
NCCF’s statewide Women’s Fund focuses on programming that supports women and/or children, with particular emphasis on women’s health and leadership issues. Programs must serve areas within NCCF’s 67-county service area. Tolle Whiteside said the selection committee, which is comprised of representatives of NCCF’s local women’s giving programs from across the state, had a difficult time choosing from among so many worthy grant applicants. “We saw a lot of innovation and critical need requests,” she said. “The committee’s selection process was challenging this year.”
NCCF’s eight regionally based women’s giving programs include the Women’s Giving Network of Wake County; the Bertie-Hertford Women’s Fund; the Women Givers of Northeast North Carolina, which serves Camden, Gates, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties; the Currituck-Dare Woman’s Fund; the Women Givers of Nash-Rocky Mount; the Art of Giving, a collective of Triangle women sponsored in conjunction with the Triangle Community Foundation; the Women's Impact Network of New Hanover County; and the Cary Women's Giving Network. Additional giving groups are in the planning stages.
Mission: The mission of The Women’s Fund of North Carolina is to establish a permanent endowment dedicated to improving the quality of lives of women and girls in North Carolina. The endowment was founded to encourage philanthropic giving among women and to encourage funding sources to assign a higher priority to issues and concerns of women and girls. The Women’s Fund of North Carolina has proudly supported the following activities:
- UNC-TV’s award-winning project: A Woman’s Health
- Straight Talk On Menopause – Broadcast on UNC-TV
- InfoMinutes – provided personal insight and information from well-known spokespeople about topics such as breast cancer, heart disease, smoking, osteoporosis and more
- On-Call: A Women’s Health in North Carolina – call in program gave women a chance to ask questions of healthcare professionals
- A fnancial fitness program: Money Counts – Eight-week course designed by Pines of Carolina Girl Scout Council staff serving 600 girls in Hoke, Lee, Scotland, Harnett, Johnston, Chatham, Person and Cumberland counties
- Bridges To a Family Friendly Workplace – a conference sponsored by NC Equity to promote family friendly personnel policies in both private and public sector workplaces
- Seasons of a Woman’s Life – an educational program designed by the Poe Center for Health Education that addresses specific health issues pertinent to three stages of life
- Giving Ourselves Permission: Celebrating the Lives of Women and Girls – a conference in partnership with St. Andrews College focusing on issues pertinent to the lives of women and girls
Historical milestone events:
First annual Raleigh luncheon speaker: Elizabeth Dole, Honorary Chair
First annual Charlotte dinner speaker and Sandhills luncheon speaker: Jane Brody, New York Times columnist
Historical tea and luncheon: Madeleine K. Albright (then representative of the US to the UN; later US Secretary of State) and Senator Jesse Helms
Self-Esteem Conference: Dr. Pouru Bhiwandi, Jane Brody, Dr. Carolyn Dunn,
Shortchanging Girls -- Shortchanging NC: Nora Lynn Finch, Shirley Frye, Patricia Hunt, Judy Mann, Betty Ray McCain, Dr. Linnea Smith, Michelle Warren, Dr. Ruth Dial Woods
2011 grants awarded
NCCF is pleased to announce the 2011 grant recipients from the statewide Women’s Fund, according to Jennifer Tolle Whiteside, NCCF president and CEO. Receiving $9,000 in grants this fall were: Helping Hands Clinic, Caldwell County; Albemarle Hopeline, Elizabeth City; StepUp Ministry, Raleigh; YMCA of Catawba Valley; Down East Partnership for Children, Rocky Mount; and Chowan/Perquimans Smart Start Partnership.
NCCF’s statewide Women’s Fund focuses on programming that supports women and/or children, with particular emphasis on women’s health and leadership issues. Programs must serve areas within the NCCF’s 67-county service area. Tolle Whiteside said the selection committee, which is comprised of representatives of NCCF’s local women’s giving programs from across the state, was impressed with the caliber of programming and innovative approaches to funding.
Helping Hands Clinic will use its $2,000 grant for the Women’s Health Initiative for Uninsured Women in Caldwell County. The program will fund free cervical and breast cancer screenings.
Albemarle Hopeline in Elizabeth City received $2,000 for its Children’s Program, which provides services to child victims of domestic violence.
StepUp Ministry in Raleigh was awarded a $2,000 grant for its Self-Sufficiency Program, designed to prepare unemployed, homeless women (many with children) to enter the workforce.
A grant for $1,000 was presented to YMCA of Catawba Valley for its Girls on the Run Scholarship Fund, which will allow about 400 additional girls to participate in the program who would otherwise not be able to due to limited finances.
Down East Partnership for Children in Rocky Mount received a $1,000 contribution for its Flex Funds Program, which is designed to provide short-term financial support for families in crisis.
The Chowan/Perquimans Smart Start Partnership also received $1,000 to help fund its Reach Out and Read Program to promote early childhood literacy.
Each of the Foundation’s regional women’s giving groups supports the statewide Women’s Fund. Regionally based women’s giving programs include the Wake County Women’s Giving Network; the Bertie-Hertford Women’s Fund; the Women Givers of Northeast North Carolina, which serves Camden, Gates, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties; the Currituck-Dare Woman’s Fund; the Women Givers of Nash-Rocky Mount; and The Art of Giving, a collective of Triangle women sponsored in conjunction with the Triangle Community Foundation. Two new groups have just been established: the Women's Impact Network, which serves New Hanover County; and the Cary Women's Giving Network. Additional giving groups are in the planning stages.
Receiving $9,000 in grants at the end of 2010 were: Albemarle Hopeline, Elizabeth City; Girls Incorporated of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City; the Healing Place of Wake County, Raleigh; My Sister’s House, Inc., Rocky Mount; ARTS North Carolina, Raleigh; and Domestic Violence Shelter and Services, Inc., Wilmington.
Albemarle Hopeline will use its grant to fund its Outreach to Safety project, a venture that will provide support to victims of domestic violence in six rural counties in northeastern North Carolina.
Girls Incorporated of the Albemarle will implement the Mind+Body program, giving girls access to information, resources and skills to be effective partners in promoting their own healthy development. The project will focus on physical activity, nutrition and substance abuse prevention.
The grant received by the Healing Place of Wake County will go toward the organization’s Women and Children Reunification Program. The project rescues homeless mothers from the streets of Wake County and uses education, health services and collaborations with other organizations to reunite them with their children and return them to society as productive, tax-paying citizens.
My Sister’s House will use its grant to start Edgecombe County Outreach Services, a project that will provide court accompaniment, 24-hour crisis intervention, advocacy, support groups, individual sessions and community education in Edgecombe County.
Arts Education = More Than You Think, the project taken on by ARTS North Carolina, will address public education reform. The goal of the project is to ensure that all children throughout North Carolina have opportunities to succeed in public education via the arts.
Lastly, Domestic Violence Shelter and Services, Inc. in Wilmington will use its funding to support the Hispanic/Latino Empowerment Group, a 12-week educational support group addressing the issues of domestic violence, and providing a support and educational tools for self-growth.
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