2019 Grant WINners / One-Stop-Shop WIN Website / Focus on Philanthropy

Dear WIN Members,

Congratulations to the winners of WIN’s 2019 Grants awarded at our Annual Luncheon!  We came together to celebrate our ability to make an impact by awarding $58,000 in grants to support especially deserving projects in our community.  

Our focus this year on Health & Wellness exposed a range of issues and invited creative solutions that could make a real difference.  We considered proposals from 38 non-profit agencies. Our Grants Committees took up the challenge to choose 3 small grants and recommend 2 large grants.

WIN Members voted overwhelmingly in favor of this year’s large grant recipients, Med North and NourishNC.  We are pleased to award small grants to Smart Start of NHC, DisAbility Resource Center and Wilmington Lions Club.  These projects offer an amazing range of solutions:


  • Safe car seats for newborns to enable access to critical infant health checks

  • Screening for food insecurity and delivery of high-quality food to hungry toddlers

  • Educating caregivers of children 6-24 mos old to reduce adverse impact of stress

  • Instruments to remove precancerous cells and avoid costly referrals of underserved women

  • Self-monitoring equipment and training to 100 patients with uncontrollable hypertension

  • Screening for at-risk groups against the “silent thief of sight”, glaucoma

  • Comprehensive health and wellness resource guide to support the disabled

Please join me in thanking the members of our Education Committee and Grants Committees for their enthusiasm, commitment and dedication.  We asked them to increase member engagement and accelerate the grants cycle this year -- they did both in fine style and delivered outstanding results.

Do you realize that as of this year, WIN has awarded 18 grants!?  We are excited to launch our new WIN Website that provides updates on grant recipients and a “one-stop-shop” for WIN information: News & Events, Philanthropy opportunities, Member Directory and Profiles, Committee Descriptions, Philanthropy resources and much more.  High-fives to the Tech Team and all our content contributors – you moved mountains! Member feedback is welcome.

Finally, you spoke clearly in the 10 in 10 Survey. We listened carefully. Based on your preferences and suggestions the Board is taking steps to expand WIN’s Focus on Philanthropy.  Sharon Stewart has offered to setup the new Philanthropy Team which launches in June. Check it out!  You have an opportunity to jump in early and help shape opportunities such as:

  • Member / New Member Mix & Mingle – get to know one another and our extended network of community involvement

  • Grant Recipient Spotlights– get to know our grantees and their projects

  • WIN Circles– get together in smaller groups, tailored to your preferences

  • Volunteer Opportunities– for those who wish to offer talent, skills and time

  • Environment – help kick off next year’s theme!  

I’d like to thank Liz Kachris-Jones and her Education Committee for their sustained leadership. We stand squarely on their shoulders as we shift from Education to the new vision of Philanthropy. Liz has graciously offered to pick up the Board Secretary role from Sharon, who leaves very large shoes to fill!  Thanks to you both!

It will be an exciting summer – I look forward to spending it together with you, the amazing women of WIN!

All the best,


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