Why join our Network?
Participation in collective giving through the Women’s Giving Network is a powerful and rewarding way to positively impact our community! Whether you want to actively volunteer with us or prefer to limit your role to financial participation, we welcome you to join us!
All members commit to contribute $1,200 annually for three years. Annual distributions include $1,050 for the annual grant-making pool, $100 for administration and $50 for the Statewide Women’s Fund held by the North Carolina Community Foundation. Annual contributions may be made in one annual sum or through stock transfer.
All current members are entitled to one vote that determines the organizations and programs that will receive annual grant funding.
A Junior Member is defined as any woman under 40 years of age and sponsored by an existing member or non-member. The Junior Membership is renewable annually at the discretion of the Sponsor for a reduced commitment of $600. The Sponsor will contribute the remaining $600 and will have the option of renewing sponsorship on a year-to-year basis.
The Junior Member will be the voting member. A Sponsor is welcome to attend all WGN events but has no voting rights. A Junior Member will be paired with a Sponsor by special request or paired on a first come first served basis with an available unpaired Sponsor. In the event there are no available Sponsors, the Junior Member Applicant will go on a wait list.
For questions about joining WGN or to check on your membership or payment status, please contact Quinn Novels, NCCF Regional Director, or call 919.256.6914. Commitment and renewal forms can be found here.
How we operate
The Women’s Giving Network of Wake County (WGN) is a fund that is part of the North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF). WGN is managed by its members through its leadership team, with assistance from the NCCF. See the Leadership tab for the current committee members.
We are always looking for committee members and interested leaders! If you are considering volunteering, please contact us.
Leadership: The Leadership Committee sets forth and implements plans for the Network, guided by feedback from the full membership. They make decisions regarding policies and procedures, participate in statewide women’s giving initiatives, and seek out ideas to engage members.
Grants: The grants committee develops and implements the formal grants process. The committee reviews and evaluates letters of inquiry and full grant applications in order to present a slate of organizations/programs to the full membership to vote for annual grant recipients.
Education: The education committee educates members about the needs of women and children in the community as well as resources and strategies to meet those needs in an effort to enhance members’ effectiveness in grant-making decisions. The committee may host educational events, provide members with information on area educational events, and provide educational resources to its members through the WGN website and other communication avenues.
Membership: The membership committee focuses on recruiting and retaining members and may coordinate events or projects for that purpose.
Special events: The primary responsibility of the special events committee is the annual fall luncheon where members gather for the presentation of grant awards. The committee may also plan or assist with other events.
Communications: The communications committee handles internal and external communications for WGN, which may include a newsletter, web content, press releases, invitations or special publications or presentations.
For more information, please email Quinn Novels, NCCF regional director, or call 919.256.6914.