In an effort to enhance members’ effectiveness in grantmaking decisions, the education committee of the Women’s Giving Network seeks to educate members about the needs of women and/or children in Wake County, along with resources and strategies to meet those needs. We welcome members and others to browse this page to learn about needs in our community!

Selected reports and data related to the needs of women and children in Wake County

Wake County Community Health Needs Assessment: Every three to four years, Wake County conducts this assessment in cooperation with other organizations, reporting its findings on a broad range of factors that impact the health of Wake County residents. Factors range from education, poverty, and crime to disability and caregiving, mental and physical health, and more.

Status of Women in North Carolina: This 132-page report, published in January of 2013, examines the social and economic status of women and girls in different regions of the state. Data on factors such as employment and earnings, economic security and poverty, health and safety, education, and basic demographics are presented. 

The website for NCChild includes a publications section with multiple reports and resources on child well-being. NCChild also has a Kids Count Data Center that allows you to view data related to various indicators, and data specific to Wake County is accessible.

Wake County Human Services has an annual report showing caseload counts in each social services category, with charts illustrating five year trends.

The organization, Youth Thrive, has a Wake County Youth Services Map showing the locations and identities of organizations across Wake County who serve youth.

NC Center for Afterschool Programs publishes a Roadmap of Need, examining a number of indicators of wellness for youth (for each county in the state) such as rates for teen pregnancy, juvenile delinquency, child abuse and neglect, and short term suspensions.

The Jordan Institute for Families, part of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, reports data on child abuse and neglect, foster care, food and nutrition services, and Work First benefits through its Management Assistance website, where data specific to Wake County can be retrieved.

The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin pulls together data from across the country and ranks counties according to vital health factors.  It so happens that Wake County ranks number 1 of the 100 NC counties, but click here to find out where Wake County stands on a number of factors.

Nonprofit organization information

The website for the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits has a tool, "Find nonprofits in NC," that allows you to identify and access websites for its member nonprofit organizations in North Carolina, and specifically Wake County. [Note: this is a list of the Center’s members and not a comprehensive list of existing nonprofits, but the member list is extensive.]

Charity Navigator is a website that rates the quality of individual nonprofits according to a number of factors, in addition to providing information on organizations’ finances, growth, board, operations, and other details. Use their advanced search tool to research charities by location, category, or keyword/name.

GuideStar provides detailed information about nonprofit organizations (it does not rate them like Charity Navigator above).  [Note: some information on this site is immediately accessible, and some requires registration and/or purchase.]

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