Women’s Giving Groups at the North Carolina Community Foundation

OVERVIEW: This community foundation has a statewide women’s fund and also supports nine additional women’s giving groups in the state. Here are some details about each of these 10 women-focused philanthropic efforts.

FUNDING AREAS: Women and girls

IP TAKE: Each of these giving circles has a common affiliation but different regional focuses and grantmaking processes. Pick the region you work in and reach out to the contact person listed below for more information about grant opportunities.

PROFILE: Here at IP, we have already profiled the North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF) and its local giving across the state. But there is also a very strong women’s giving movement in North Carolina that is anchored at NCCF. In fact, NCCF manages a statewide Women’s Fund and also works with nine additional women’s giving groups. The purpose of this profile is to introduce grantseekers to each of these 10 women’s giving groups and provide resources and contact details to obtain further information.  

The Women's Fund of North Carolina is a statewide fund held at NCCF with a mission to establish a permanent endowment to improve lives of women and girls in the state. Grantmaking priority is given to groups that focus on women’s health issues and strategies to boost leadership skills of girls and women. The women’s giving groups listed below are more regionally based.

The Bertie-Hertford Women's Fund is focused on health, education, and human services for programs that relate to the needs of women and children in Bertie and Hertford Counties. Members of this giving fund contribute at least $300 each year and vote for programs that receive annual grants. For more information, contact the NCCF regional director, Natalie Jenkins Peel, at npeel@nccommunityfoundation.org or 252-562-9824.

The Cary Women's Giving Network has an annual competitive grants process and targets the Cary community through collective giving. It assesses local critical needs on a regular basis to guide its grantmaking. Members commit $600 per year for three years to be part of this network. For more information, contact NCCF regional director, Quinn E. Novels, at qnovels@nccommunityfoundation.org or 919-256-6914.

The Currituck-Dare Women's Fund is a program of the Currituck-Dare Community Foundation and has made annual grants in the past to local nonprofits. Past grantees include Beach Food Pantry, Albemarle Hopeline, Food Bank of the Albemarle, and the Girl Scout Council of Colonia Coast. This group dates to 2009, working to meet the needs and improve the lives of women and children, and to increase women’s involvement in philanthropy. These members contribute $200 annually and award grants at an annual celebration. The regional associate at NCCF to contact for more information is Natalie Jenkins Peel, at npeel@nccommunityfoundation.org or 252-216-8908.

Moore Women is a giving circle that focuses on women and children living in Moore County. It has an annual competitive grants process. Members pay at least $600 annually to be part of it. Grants range from $500 to $2,500, and the annual grant cycle typically runs from July to August. Unlike some other giving groups listed here, Moore Women shares grant guidelines and an online application. Dawn Neighbors is the regional director, and can be reached at dneighbors@nccommunityfoundation.org.

The Art of Giving is a collective of Triangle women and is affiliated with the Triangle Community Foundation (TCF) in addition to NCCF. Members contribute $600 annually for three consecutive years to participate and determine initiatives to benefit women and families in the region. Learn more about their guidelines here and also on the FAQ page. Your best contact person here is Sarah Battersby of TCF at sarah@trianglecf.org or 919-474-8370 ext. 4015.

The Women Givers of Nash-Rocky Mount usually has about 25 members in the giving circle that contribute $250 annually to the fund. This fund began in 2008 and aims to support local service and programs that target critical needs. Grants are awarded annually, and there is an online portal to submit application information. The NCFF regional director here is Kelly Lee, who can be reached at klee@nccommunityfoundation.org or 252-557-0278.

Women Givers of Northeast North Carolina focuses on health, mentoring, economic opportunities, childcare, older adult care, education, entrepreneurship, and community relations in Camden, Gates, Pasquotank, and Perquimans counties. Members of this group give $150 or more annually. The regional associate at NCCF to contact for more information is Natalie Jenkins Peel, at npeel@nccommunityfoundation.org or 252-562-9824.

The Women's Giving Network of Wake County has been around since 2006 and supports critical needs of women and children in Wake County. This group has given out over $1 million in grants, with most grants between $25,000 and $50,000 each. It is one of the largest women’s giving groups in the state. For more information, contact NCCF regional director, Quinn E. Novels, at qnovels@nccommunityfoundation.org or 919-256-6914.

Finally, the Women's Impact Network of New Hanover County has been supporting local groups since 2012. It typically awards one grant per year of $20,000 to $35,000. Interests are education, arts and culture, health and wellness, and the environment. Members give $600 per year for three years to participate. Call 910-202-6727 to learn more about this group.

There has been recent discussion around developing even more women’s giving groups in North Carolina, and some efforts are in the planning stages. Check NCCF’s page about women’s giving for updates about new groups that are emerging. Some of these groups may accept unsolicited grant applications, but many do not.

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