Mission and focus

Our mission is straightforward: to maximize women’s leadership in philanthropy and strengthen the New Hanover community through the power of collective giving.

Our process is simple: We periodically bring women together to learn about our area’s critical needs. We invite local nonprofits to apply through an annual competitive grants process. Our giving group then decides which programs best address area needs and awards high-impact grants. In 2012 we awarded our first grant for $20,000 to the Cape Fear Guardian ad Litem Association, in 2013 DREAMS of Wilmington, Inc. received a grant of $25,000, in 2014 Wilmington Access for Teens received a grant of $32,000,in 2015 The Carousel Center was awarded a grant of $30,500, and in 2016 SkyWatch Bird Rescue was awarded a grant of $35,000.

The Network’s annual grant focus will periodically rotate between the areas of education, arts and culture, health and wellness and the environment.

Membership and benefits

We are passionate about our belief that informed, empowered women can and do build stronger families, communities and economies. We invite you to join us to realize the power that collective philanthropy can have in our community.

Our members commit to making a $600 contribution annually for three years.  Each $600 contribution is allocated this way: $500 into the local giving pool, $50 to the statewide Women’s Fund managed by NCCF and $50 for administration.

For more information, please call 910-202-6727.

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