Women in Philanthropy (WIP) is led by a fourteen member Board of Directors that meets up to nine times a year. Recommendations from eight (8) committees are presented to the Board for consideration in matters of membership, grants, finance, education, governance, communications, events, and nominating.
Much was accomplished during our inaugural year. Membership and operational guidelines were established as well as a grant application process with guidelines and evaluation tools. The 2009 Spring Annual Meeting brought excitement with the announcement and awarding of our inaugural grants. Members voted by mailed ballots for three grants totaling $60,000 to projects focused on the unmet needs of women and children. We are pleased that membership has grown and grant funding increased each year.
Women in Philanthropy has awarded $1,846,798 in grants since 2009.
While many worthwhile philanthropic organizations have experienced a decline in membership and giving, members of Women in Philanthropy continue their commitment to the CSRA through leadership, charity, and advocacy.
“Now the CSRA has a women’s philanthropy group committed to improving the lives of women and children in our community. It has been heartwarming to see so many women get involved in committees that helped form Women in Philanthropy,” says Carolyn Maund, our co-founder.
The mission of this organization, which is a partnership of the United Way of the CSRA and The Community Foundation for the CSRA, is to create an awareness of the needs of women and children in the Central Savannah River Area of Georgia and South Carolina.
The vision of this organization is to give hope to every woman and child for the future through collaboration, connection, and community.
The purpose of this organization is to award grants to fund programs and projects that have the potential for high impact, resulting in significant, positive change in the lives of women and children in Aiken, Burke, Columbia, Edgefield, McDuffie, and Richmond Counties.