RALEIGH – The Wake County Women’s Giving Network will hold its fourth annual grants luncheon on Monday, Nov. 8 at noon at the Raleigh Mariott City Center. (Tickets, $50, are still available by contacting Jeanne Lawson at 256-6914 or emailing jlawson@nccommunityfoundation.org; deadline for registration is November 3.)

Keynote speaker for the annual event will be Helen LaKelly Hunt, nationally known as a leader in the women’s movement and founder of The Sister Fund, a private foundation dedicated to the empowerment of women and girls throughout the world. For more information about Hunt, visit www.sisterfund.org

The Wake County Women’s Giving Network will award $130,000 to Wake County nonprofits that serve women and/or children. Grants were selected through a competitive awards process that began last spring and will culminate in a membership vote in October. Winners will be announced at the luncheon.

About the Wake County Women’s Giving Network

The Wake County Women’s Giving Network is a program of the North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF) and has awarded $294,000 since its inception in 2007. The program is designed to maximize women’s leadership in philanthropy by engaging and educating its membership, increasing charitable contributions and strengthening the Wake County community through the impact of collective giving. For information about joining the Women’s Network or applying for a 2011 grant, contact Lawson or visit www.nccommunityfoundation.org under Programs/Women.


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About the North Carolina Community Foundation

The NCCF is the single statewide community foundation serving North Carolina and has made nearly $63 million in grants since its inception in 1988. With more than $130 million in assets, the NCCF sustains 1,000 endowments established to provide long-term support of a broad range of community needs, nonprofit organizations, institutions and scholarships. The NCCF partners with 60 affiliate foundations to provide local resource allocation and community assistance in 66 counties across the state. The Foundation sponsors eight women’s giving groups in North Carolina, including the NCCF Statewide Women’s Fund. For more information about NCCF, visit www.nccommunityfoundation.org and Facebook.


News media contacts:

Jeanne Lawson, NCCF Regional Associate




Noel McLaughlin, NCCF Director of Marketing and Communications





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