Women Givers raise funds for programs serving women, children

The Women Givers of Northeast North Carolina, a program of the Northern Albemarle Community Foundation, hosted its 6th annual Power of the Purse event Nov. 13. The sold-out event included an auction of donated purses from local businesses and patrons, a wine tasting by Sanctuary Vineyards and a fashion show by Honey & Hive Boutique, Kris Cass Collections and Shay Leslie Boutique.  Close to $5,000 was raised for grantmaking in 2015.

The Women Givers is a collective women’s giving circle that provides grants to nonprofits serving the needs of women and/or children in Camden, Gates, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties.  The open grant cycle for nonprofits will be in the spring of 2015.

For more information on how to join this women’s giving circle or to make a donation to the grantmaking fund, please contact NCCF Regional Associate Natalie Jenkins Peel at 252-216-8908.

Our beginnings

The Women Givers of Northeast North Carolina was established in 2006.  The primary objective was to bring women together from these four rural counties to learn about the critical needs of their area and to address those needs through a targeted  grants program that could make a difference to nonprofit organizations serving women and/or children.

Mission and focus

The Women Givers of Northeast North Carolina 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 address the needs of women and children in the areas of health, mentoring, economic opportunities, childcare and older adult care, education, entrepreneurship and community relations in Camden, Gates, Pasquotank and Perquimans Counties.

Our approach

The Women Givers of Northeast North Carolina 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

Members contribute a minimum of $150 annually. Annual distributions include $100 for the annual grantmaking pool; $25 for administration; and $25 for the Statewide Women’s Fund held by the NCCF. The fund welcomes donations through sponsorships and general contributions, and members may make a higher annual donation.

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

Commitment form

Grants

The Women Givers of Northeast North Carolina accepts grant applications in an annual, competitive grants cycle from organizations that support the needs of women and children in the areas of health, mentoring, economic opportunities, childcare and older adult care, education, entrepreneurship and community relations in Camden, Gates, Pasquotank and Perquimans Counties. Grants range from $500 to $1200; the Power of the Purse grant is generally around $2,500. Total grants from this fund in 2013 were up to $4,250.

Contact

For more information, email Natalie Jenkins Peel, NCCF regional associate, or call her at 252-216-8908.

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