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WHAT:  Circles within WIN are made up of groups of members who want to focus on a particular area and get to know others with similar interests.  Each Circle immerses itself in an area of giving by getting to know the relevant New Hanover County nonprofit stakeholders.  As each grant cycle launches, the Circle identifies the most pressing issues and organizes a panel of experts to educate members.  Each Circle maintains relationships with the area nonprofits in between grant cycles.

WHO:  Anyone who would like to – they're open to everyone! To learn more about any of these Circles, you can reach out directly to the contacts listed below. The year listed identifies the next time that Area of Giving will be eligible for WIN Grants. 

WHY:  WIN members are united by their strong desire to make a difference in our community through collective action. At the same time, WIN members are incredibly diverse and have a wide range of interests and preferences and individual involvement in philanthropy.  Our Circles allow members to dig more deeply into specific topics, share their knowledge, act on specific interests, and gain in depth insight into the success, challenges,  and strategic direction of relevant non-profits from year to year.  Circles provide a satisfying way for WIN members to get to know one another better, in smaller groups, with a particular focus.

WHEN:  Each Circle establishes its own meeting schedule and frequency.


Health and Wellness (2023):  contact Co-Chair Susan Henleor Susan Vanecek

Environment (2024): contact Laura McCabe

Arts & Culture (2025):  contact Lynne Herndon

Education (2026):  contact:  Linda Thomas


Book Club:  Dana Jaunzemis

Youth Philanthropy:  Kay Dougherty

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