Women’s Fund of North Carolina awards nearly $19,000 in grants to organizations led by women

Nearly $19,000 in grant awards have been made by the Women’s Fund of North Carolina, a program of the North Carolina Community Foundation. 

The fund supports the changing and diverse issues, needs and challenges facing women in North Carolina through an annual grant program benefitting nonprofit organizations and programs that serve women and girls in any county within the North Carolina Community Foundation network. 

The 2022 recipients include the following awards, all to organizations led by women: 

This year, the selection committee prioritized funding organizations led by women of color or who identify as a member of a historically marginalized population and services that promote leadership development for women and girls. 

The recipients of the two largest grants received top scores from the selection committee for their efforts in promoting leadership among women and girls. Other recipients also received high marks from the selection committee. Grant recipients for 2022 cover a variety of women’s issues and come from all around the state.  

“Women are investment and impact multipliers,” said Kristine Sloan, executive director of Leadership Triangle, which received a grant for the Leadership Triangle Scholarship Fund for Women Leaders. “When you invest in the leadership capacity of one woman, you invest in the leadership of everyone on her team and community. Leadership Triangle is so grateful to the 2022 Women’s Fund of North Carolina for this support.” 

“We already know that girls who are empowered to perform well academically and who believe in themselves and their abilities make tremendous economic and social impact upon our region and state,” said Watsi M. Sutton, executive director of Koinonia Community Solutions in Winterville. “This Women’s Fund of North Carolina grant will assist us to lift up the young women who will become the future industry, business and community leaders of Pitt County and North Carolina.”

The Women’s Fund received over 50 grant applications this year. Established in 1991, the Women’s Fund has awarded more than $265,000 in grants since its inception. 

“With so many applications demonstrating the needs across the state, narrowing down the list was a challenge,” said Jennifer Tolle Whiteside, president and CEO of the North Carolina Community Foundation. “We welcome donors and other funders to join us as we support women throughout North Carolina.” 

The grant selection committee is comprised of representatives from other NCCF women’s giving circles across the state, including the Women’s Giving Network of Wake County; the Bertie-Hertford Women’s Fund; the Women Givers of Northeast North Carolina, which serves Camden, Gates, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties; the Currituck-Dare Woman’s Fund; and the Cary Women’s Giving Network. 

Learn more about the Women’s Fund of North Carolina and its work throughout the state or make a tax-deductible donation at nccommunityfoundation.org. 

About the North Carolina Community Foundation 

The North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF) is the only statewide community foundation serving North Carolina and has administered over $243 million in grants since 1988. With more than $440 million in assets, NCCF sustains more than 1,200 endowments and partners with a network of affiliates to award grants and scholarships in communities across the state.  

An important component of NCCF’s mission is to ensure rural philanthropy has a voice at local, regional and national levels. 

Media contact
Amy Dominello Braun, Senior Communications & Marketing Officer 
abraun@nccommunityfoundation.org, 919-256-6922