Power of the Purse & Pretties Auction coming Nov. 13

The Women Givers of Northeast North Carolina is hosting the sixth annual Power of the Purse Auction to support its charitable efforts in the counties of Camden, Gates, Pasquotank and Perquimans. The NACF Women Givers giving circle is supported through its local membership donations and through funds raised from this event.

The event will take place on Nov. 13 at Christ Episcopal Church on 200 McMorrine St., Elizabeth City, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. This is a ticketed event and those wishing to attend should contact Charlotte Underwood at the Elizabeth City Visitors Center or Lenora Jarvis-Mackey at River City CDC.  Event tickets are $25 each, and auction tickets ("about an arm's length") are $10 each. This year, local clothing boutiques will offer a fashion show. Shops include Honey & Hive, Kris Cass Collections and Shay Leslie. Details on flier here.

The women's giving circle has received generous donations of custom-made handbags, jewelry and scarves from area businesses and artists. This event is intended to be fun and raise funds to be used for the spring grant awards made to support the direct services of area nonprofit organizations serving local needs of women and girls.

Past recipients of these grants include programs provided by Albemarle Hopeline, Girls Inc., and Kids First. This fund has awarded more than $35,000 in grants since 2007. Past recipients include programs and special projects at Albemarle Hopeline, the Food Bank of the Albemarle, Girls Inc., Albemarle Smart Start, HLTrigg Community School, Rheema Ministries, College of the Albemarle Foundation, Elizabeth City State University, National Council of Negro Women, Foreshadow Academy and Chowan/Perquimans Smart Start.

In all cases, the needs of women and children are the focus of the grant program. Area nonprofit organizations apply for these grants to support their services. Grants program for 2015 will be announced soon.

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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