The Women’s Giving Network of Wake County today awarded $105,000 to four local nonprofits serving women and/or children, according to Kella Hatcher, president of the giving circle’s leadership committee. This brings the total grant dollars awarded to Wake County nonprofits over the last nine years to $1 million.
Hatcher said the Women’s Giving Network was thrilled to have achieved such a notable milestone in under a decade. “Our philosophy has been to award gifts at a level that can make an impact on local needs and issues,” she said. “I’m proud that we have achieved such a meaningful grants total.”
Grants awarded this year are:
- The Green Chair Project - $40,000 for “Sweeter Dreams” – Helping 160 children secure beds for a good night’s sleep;
- The Women’s Center of Wake County - $30,000 for Critical Time Intervention;
- The Queen’s Foundation - $25,000 for the PowerHouse Project, a leadership and college preparation program;
- Kidznotes - $10,000 for expansion in Southeast Raleigh with its free orchestral music training program.
Women’s Network Grants Chair Virginia Price said the grants decisions are always difficult, as so many local nonprofits support important programs that are making a difference. “Our membership votes on grant recipients, and every year we hear what a challenge it is to select just a few,” she said. “This year was no exception.”
The Women’s Network of Wake County is a program of the North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF), which supports nine local women’s giving circles across the state and the Women’s Fund of North Carolina, a statewide fund. NCCF CEO and President Jennifer Tolle Whiteside said the Women’s Network of Wake County was the oldest and largest women’s giving circle supported by the Foundation. “That this group has achieved the $1 million giving mark in under 10 years is evidence of the power of collective giving,” she said. “We are so proud of what the group has achieved and the difference it is making in the Wake County community.”