Making a Difference Since 2010
Women to Women is Greensboro’s first permanent grantmaking endowment to engage women in impacting the lives of our community’s women and their families.
On November 18, 2010, we publicly launched Women to Women and have since awarded three grants and hosted three gala lunches that have brought together, each time, nearly 1,000 members of the community!
At our 2010 luncheon, we awarded our first grant, for $25,000, to the Sheree Denese Jackson Foundation for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, Inc. Our gift roughly doubled the capacity of some of the organization's services. The following year, Women to Women awarded another $25,000 grant, that time to the NewChoices program at the Women's Resource Center. The program assists homemakers return to the workplace. In 2012, we made a $40,000 grant to the Women SOAR program at Family Service of the Piedmont, which focuses on addiction issues among girls in our community. And in 2013 we awarded $70,000, our largest grant to date, to the Learning ART Together initiative at Guilford Child Development.
Women to Women announced its largest (and first multi-year) grant to YWCA Greensboro in support of its Purses to Passion program at the 2014 Celebration Luncheon. This $210,000, three-year commitment will support the program’s efforts to assist women in establishing micro-enterprise businesses, create a loan fund to aid women experiencing some sort of financial crisis that impacts their employability, and address a “living wage” in Greensboro.
Women Need Women
We are seeking the support of women across our community. Women have the compassion and caring to recognize where needs exist, the generous spirit to provide the financial resources necessary to help and the visionary leadership to make the effort sustained and successful.
By establishing and growing this permanent funding resource, we will together ensure that Greensboro recognizes and addresses women’s issue now and into the future.
Why is Your Support So Important?
In 2013, the Women to Women Advisory Council commissioned Briefing Paper: The Status of Women in Guilford County -- a report developed by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Analysis of the issues facing women led the Council to select economic independence as its top priority for the next three years. The Council finds the following excerpt from the “conclusion section” of the report to be useful:
“Although many women in Guilford County are doing well, the data reviewed in this briefing paper highlight a number of areas of concern, including:
- The gender wage gap;
- Substantial rates of poverty;
- The high cost of child care; and
- The lack of basic health insurance coverage for many women and men.”
- “Policy recommendations to address these challenges include:
- promoting high-quality, flexible working practices to make it easier for parents to combine paid work with caregiving;
- ensuring that employers are aware of their obligations under the federal anti-discrimination statutes;
- providing training to employers on best practices for recruiting and retaining female employees, particularly in sectors where they are now under-represented;
- increasing career counseling and financial supports – including child care – for women with low levels of education;
- monitoring workforce development to ensure that women and men have equal access to training in high-growth, well-paid careers;
- supporting more targeted teen pregnancy prevention programs and increasing support for teens who are already pregnant and parenting; and ensuring that all families, if needed, receive cash assistance. . .”
- We value collaboration amongst partners in the community.
- We seek to support projects that incorporate “best practices”.
- Creativity and imagination are important in addressing challenges.
- We have respect for nonprofits and their expertise in addressing women’s issues.
- We seek to fund projects that will make a measurable difference and for which return on investment can be demonstrated.
- We want to support projects and organizations that will make impactful and transformational change. We believe transformation can take place at the community level, system level, organizational level, personal level, and at multiple levels.