Philanthropy is often described as "private initiatives for the public good, focusing on quality of life."  WIN members pool their resources and work collectively to directly impact quality of life issues in New Hanover County, focusing on specific needs each year, cycling through our areas of giving: Arts and Culture (2021), Education (2022), Health & Wellness (2023), and Environment (2024).

WIN’s primary activity is to award grants in support of high impact projects at local non-profits. In addition, WIN members have expressed strong appetite to:

- learn more about our Areas of Giving and the unique needs, opportunities, and strengths of each;

- explore evolving concepts and best practices in philanthropy more deeply;

- understand members' experiences in philanthropy and how others are involved in the community; 

- stay in touch with our grant recipients and explore how WIN can continue to support them

Our Philanthropy Team serves as an incubator for new interests and activities that WIN members want to pursue.  Current members include:  Isabella Hinds (Chair), Lynne Herndon (Vice Chair), Susan Henley, Donna Howard, Ruth Louie, Laura McCabe, Cheryll Schramm, Janet Stieger, and Carolyn Thomas.  

These energetic members are actively crafting opportunities for members to participate in WIN Circles, Philanthropy Events, the popular Book Club and Volunteering with WIN Members.

You may be interested to take a look at the Reading List we’ve compiled, containing thought-provoking articles and books about philanthropy. 

WIN is both a local force and a part of a national movement in philanthropy. Upcoming events and activities include:

    • August 2020: Philanthropy Event with a national expert who will share the history, power, and impact of other Women’s Collective Giving Circles around the country.
    • September 2020: Kick off the Annual Theme of Arts and Culture.  
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