Wake's Women's Giving Network accepting
Letters of Inquiry for 2014 grants

The Women’s Giving Network of Wake County (Network) is accepting Letters of Inquiry for nonprofit grants funding from April 2 to May 14, according to Marilyn Stevens, grants committee chair.

The Network’s grants amounts have historically been considered high-impact, according to Stevens. “The Women’s Giving Network awards grants that have the potential for high impact resulting in significant, positive and lasting change in the community,” she said. Past grants have included a $10,000 seed grant, with a majority ranging from $25,000 to $58,000. Grants are not limited to this range; award amounts vary and are at the discretion of the grants committee. Grantees are selected through a competitive grants process involving the entire membership. Any nonprofit that receives a grant is asked to wait two years before reapplying. The deadline for Letter of Inquiry submission is May 14. For further information about applying for a 2014 grant email or call Katie Crumpler at 919-256-6914.

Wake County Women's Network awards $100,000 to area nonprofits in 2013

Seven-year total of grants awarded to Wake community is $781,000!

The Women’s Giving Network of Wake County awarded $100,000 to three area nonprofits that support women and/or children, according to Pamela Dowdy, president of the local giving circle, which is a program of the North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF).

Receiving $30,000 grants each were The Hope Center at Pullen for supporting a full-time case manager that provides intensive support services to at-risk young people between the ages of 13 and 24; and Dress for Success - Triangle for supporting a new career center manager as well as childcare and transportation stipends. Read and Feed, Inc. received $40,000 for a new RV for their Feed the Reader Road Show that will serve 96 more children in eastern Wake County. The awards were announced Nov. 12 at the Network’s annual luncheon.

Women’s Giving Network members voted on recipients in a competitive grants process. Grants Committee Chair Janet Chesson said it was a challenge this year for the membership to choose from so many excellent programs serving critical needs for Wake County women and/or children.

This year’s grants from the Women’s Giving Network of Wake County bring the total of contributions awarded to area nonprofits to $781,000 in just seven years.

For more information about the Women's Network, contact Katie Crumpler, NCCF regional associate.

Read our Spring 2013 newsletter here!

Women's Network awards $150,000 to six nonprofits! Check out story here of our 2012 grantees.

About us:

Our beginnings

The Women’s Giving Network of Wake County was established and launched in late 2006 by creative leaders whose primary objective was to bring women together to learn about the critical needs of Wake County and to address those needs through high-impact grants that could make a dramatic difference to nonprofit organizations serving women and/or children.

Mission and focus

The Women’s Giving Network of Wake County is a program designed to maximize women’s leadership in philanthropy by engaging and educating its membership, increasing charitable contributions and strengthening communities through the impact of collective giving.

We currently focus on initiatives that support women and/or children in Wake County.

Our approach

The Women’s Giving Network seeks membership among those who support our mission and agree to become participating members of the fund. Through a collaborative decision-making process involving all members, we provide grants to organizations and programs based on specific criteria established by members.

Membership and benefits

All members commit to contribute $1,200 annually for five consecutive years. Annual distributions include $1,000 for the annual grantmaking pool; $100 for administration; and $100 for the Statewide Women’s Fund held by the NCCF.

All members are entitled to one vote that determines the organization/s and program/s that will receive annual funding. Individual members have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in an organization of women empowering and/or supporting other women
  • Help women make strategic, informed decisions about philanthropy
  • Attend Women’s Network special events and educational offerings
  • Network with like-minded women who share similar values and enjoy the camaraderie that comes from associating with a cause-driven group
  • Witness the power of collective support

Wake Women's Network creates collaborations
Commitment form


For more information about the Women’s Giving Network of Wake County, email Katie Crumpler.

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