CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In its first full year as an independent nonprofit, the Women’s Impact Fund in Charlotte awarded a total of $420,000 to five local nonprofits.
That total is up from $392,000 last year, and brings the organization’s cumulative grantmaking to more than $2.5 million since its inception in 2002.
The fund, which is open to all women, was created as a program of the Foundation for the Carolinas and became an independent entity in 2010.
Its 425 members each commit to donating $1,200 a year for five years, with $1,000 of that going toward grants to Charlotte-Mecklenburg nonprofits and the remaining $200 covering administrative costs and educational programming for members.
Grants for 2011 were awarded in the areas of arts and culture, education, the environment, health and human services:
- The Actor’s Theatre received $70,000 to produce a new annual play festival for emerging American playwrights.
- Elon Homes and Schools received $75,000 for the Summer Bridge Program at Kennedy Charter Public School, focused on academic and skills development for rising ninth graders.
- Yadkin Riverkeepers received $85,000 for Operation Medicine Cabinet, which focuses on the threat to North Carolina waters posed by pharmaceutical contamination.
- Mecklenburg County Health Department and the Black Women’s Health Network received $90,000 for the Farm to Family Faith Based Nutrition Program aimed at improving access to healthy foods.
- The Workforce Initiative for Supportive Housing Program received $100,000 to hire an additional social worker to work with homeless families.