With this focus the initial group of women officially founded the Suffolk Foundation’s Women’s Impact Fund. Throughout 2018 several concepts were readily adopted: members pay an initial ($1,000) joining fee and a reduced annual ($500) contribution to offset the need for fundraising activities; monies collected are treated as an endowment fund where the annual interest is distributed within the community; and, the Women’s Impact Fund makes grants to established organizations rather than starting a grass-roots effort themselves.
Because most Members are active and generous in many ways, the Women’s Impact Fund holds no fundraising activities. We have a goal of at least 100 Members and have close to 40 Members at this time.
2023 Board Membership and Leadership
Jackie Overton, Past Chair
Sharon Raghubar, Chair
Julia Slattery, Secretary
Kim Waller, Past Chair
Margie Wiley, Past Chair
Each WIF member determines the level of activity in the Women’s Impact Fund that best suits her availability – from financial support only, to active participant and/or leadership in support of our mission. The Board meets every other month, and Members meet twice annually at two casual and fun informational and networking celebrations.
In 2022, the Members voted to support two areas of focus Education and Essential Needs. The Education and Essential Needs Committee Members selected the below list of 2022 Grantees:
- Blakey Weaver Counseling Center received $2,000 for the Youth Trauma Program in conjunction with The Genieve Shelter.
- The College and Career Center at Pruden received $1,850 for two scholarships for the CNA Program.
- Nansemond River Preservation Alliance received $1,500 for two stipends for summer internships.
In 2021, the Members voted to support two areas of focus: Education and Food Insecurity. The Education and Food Insecurity Committee Members selected the below list of 2021 Grantees:
- Communities in Schools Hampton Roads received $4,000 to establish community gardens in each of four Title I Suffolk Public Schools.
- Nansemond River Preservation Alliance received $1,500 to establish two summer internships for local students.
- Hampton Roads Community Action Program received $500 to support a financial literacy workshop in Suffolk.
In 2020, the Members voted to continue supporting two areas of focus: Leadership and Literacy. The Leadership Committee and Literacy Committee Members selected the below list of 2020 Grantees:
- Envision Lead Grow received $1,900.00 to send middle school-aged girls to the leadership bootcamp that is held each year in Norfolk.
- Suffolk Public Library received $530.00 for its Healing Kits program.
- REACH, Inc. received $730.00 to fund The Genieve Shelter’s Moonbeams and Dreams program, as well as other literary programs.
- The College and Career Academy at The Pruden Center received $640 towards its CNA (nursing) Tuition Program.
In 2019, the Members voted to support two areas of focus: Literacy and Leadership. The Literacy Committee and Leadership Committee Members selected the below list of 2019 Grantees:
- Envision Lead Grow received $1,250 to support its entrepreneur mentoring program for middle school girls.
- Suffolk Public Library received $377.50 for its Literacy Training Workshop and Stronger Together Stories.
- Suffolk Public Schools received $377.50 in support of Readers for Tomorrow.
- The College and Career Academy at The Pruden Center received $495 towards its
CNA (nursing) Tuition Program.
Becoming a member of the Women’s Impact Fund of the Suffolk Foundation provides networking opportunities with a dynamic group of women, while at the same time giving members the satisfaction of knowing they are making a difference in the community as well as inspiring other women and young ladies. Not sure yet? Contact the Suffolk Foundation for additional information.
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