Join us for Philanthropy Fridays in 2014!

The Women Givers of Nash-Rocky Mount are excited to introduce “Philanthropy Fridays” to the Greater Rocky Mount community.

On the final Friday of each month, guests are welcome to attend a brown bag Lunch & Learn in the board room of the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce, located on the second floor of the Historic Train Station in Downtown Rocky Mount.

The program will begin at noon and feature a presentation by a local nonprofit organization each month. Beverages and dessert are provided by the Women Givers of Nash-Rocky Mount, and guests provide their own lunch.

No RSVP’s required. January’s presenter will be Meals on Wheels, February will be the Rocky Mount Area Habitat for Humanity and March will be My Sister’s House.  Local nonprofits that are interested in presenting should contact Kelly Lee, NCCF regional associate, at 252-973-1205 or

2013 grant info coming soon!

2012 grant awarded

The Women Givers of Nash-Rocky Mount awarded $2,000 to United Community Ministries for support of their family homeless shelter in December of 2012. 

The Women Givers of Nash-Rocky Mount has awarded more than $26,000 in grants to local nonprofits over the past four years, with contributions going to My Sister's House, United Community Ministries, Boys and Girls Clubs of Nash/Edgecombe counties, Smart Girls Program and the Down East Partnership for Children.

The giving circle currently has about 25 members who agree to donate $250 annually to the gift fund. Members vote annually on how contributions are to be distributed to the local community. Those interested in joining or applying for a 2013 grant should email Kelly Lee, NCCF regional associate, or call her at 252-973-1205.

Grants for the 2013 program year will be awarded at year-end.

2011 gift awarded

The Women Givers of Nash-Rocky Mount has awarded $7,500 to My Sister’s House. The award was made in early February. The gift will be used for general upgrades and repairs at My Sister’s House, which operates a shelter for victims of family violence in Nash and Edgecombe counties.

Our beginnings

In May 2008, the Nash-Rocky Mount community joined the ranks of communities across North Carolina and beyond by initiating a local women’s giving group. Beginning with just a few members, our group expects to have 40 members by the end of 2011.

Our mission and focus

Initiatives that benefit women and families are our current priority. Our focus is to:

  • Provide needed resources to strengthen our community
  • Increase women’s involvement in philanthropy throughout the Nash-Rocky Mount area
  • Assist in building an endowment to benefit future generations of women across the state

Our approach

Through a collaborative decision-making process involving members, we provide grants to local organizations and programs.  All women are invited to participate in our collective endeavor and are given the choice to be “silent” friends or active participants.

Membership and benefits

All members commit to contribute $250 annually. The distribution includes: $200 for the annual grant-making pool; $25 for administrative purposes; and $25 for the statewide Women’s Fund, held by the North Carolina Community Foundation. All members receive one vote to determine the organization/s and program/s to receive annual funding. As an individual member, you also have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in an organization of women empowering other women
  • Help make strategic and informed decisions about philanthropy
  • Attend educational meetings and special events
  • Network with women who share similar values
  • Witness the power of collective support 

Commitment form

Grants program overview

A major purpose of the Women Givers of Nash-Rocky Mount is to strengthen the community through the power of the membership’s collective giving. Through a carefully developed and streamlined grants process, our group provides financial support to local programs and services that have a strong impact on critical needs in our community. The process begins with the determination of priorities for funding, followed by a grant application process. Grants are awarded at an annual celebration event, which gives our community partners and members a chance to reflect on our common concerns and renew our shared commitment to make a positive difference.

This year, the application process has been moved to our new online application system!  To setup an agency profile, create and submit an application, and submit finally reports for winning applications, use our online application portal to manage your account.

History of grant awards

United Community Ministries received $2,000 for support of their family homeless shelter.

My Sister's House received $7,500 to provide repairs and upgrades to the shelter.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Nash/Edgecombe Counties
received funding from our first event
“Rollin’ for Rocky Mount” in support of the “Smart Girls” program.

My Sister's House
to help fund the sexual assault response program
Down East Partnership for Children
to help supply emergency funds for families in need

During the first year of operation, we awarded $10,000 to two local organizations:
My Sister's House
to help fund their sexual assault response program
United Community Ministry
to provide housing and support services for homeless and nearly homeless families with children.


For more information contact Kelly Lee at

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