Philanthropy Re-imagined Kick-off

WIN members gathered on Tuesday, June 25th to participate in the launch of the WIN’s reimagined philanthropy focus.

The 10 in 10 survey conducted earlier this year showed that: 1) philanthropy is a top priority for members, and 2) members want to better understand WIN Themes, have more involvement with our grantees, and have opportunities to get to know one other better.

Based on that, WIN has reimagined the Education Committee and created a Philanthropy Team.  The Philanthropy Team will imbed philanthropy and grantmaking into all aspects of WIN.  Planned activities and programming include:

  • interactive programs that inform members on the four rotating WIN Themes and philanthropy themes
  • more involvement with our grantees, including volunteer opportunities and regular updates from grantees at meetings
  • opportunities for small groups that we are calling WIN Circles

Member Ice-breaker

Kristine Moore opened WIN's June 25 gathering with an ice-breaker activity designed to help attendees get to know each other better. The activity sent members and guests on a fact-finding mission.

Each of the 30 members and their guests at the event was given a "bingo" sheet with each square revealing something about another member in attendance. Participants had to identify the person associated with the information, with the aim of achieving bingo. Those who got "bingo" first won a prize.

Grantee Spotlight

WIN members had the opportunity to hear from our 2017 Large Grants recipient, the Brigade Boys and Girls Club.  CEO Rick Sears updated members on our grant-funded music and dance program which allowed Brigade to purchase percussion instruments and hire two music and dance professionals to oversee these programs. 

Rick reported that the programs were very successful and continue until this day.  More than 500 children participate annually.  The very popular and dynamic Music Director that they hired with our grant is leaving Brigade to pursue his professional music career at the Apollo but they have hired a woman from Charlotte to fill this position. 

What they have learned from these programs is that they build discipline, team-building skills, pride and a sense of accomplishment in these children, 60% of whom live below the poverty level.  Rick share the story of one young woman who was struggling with poor grades in school and then became a part of the program and ended up graduating from high school with excellent grades.  She is now working as a counselor in the program this summer

Philanthropy Team Update and Upcoming Events & Activities

Sharon Stewart, WIN board liaison for the Philanthropy Team, provided an update:

Announcement of Philanthropy Team to-date:  Debby Gomulka (Chair), Ann Hale (What is Impact Circle), Susan Henley, Lynne Herndon (Book Club Circle), Isabella Hinds, Donna Howard, Laura McCabe, and Cheryll Schramm.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunity: Nourish NC, July 24th, 9:30-11:30am, limited to 25 members.  Members will be packing the Farmacy Boxes that our grant funded.  These boxes are distributed at pediatric clinics, where food insecurity screening is now being conducted.  Executive Director Steve McCrossan will be there to give us an update on that program as well as the Toddler Tummies program that our grant funded. This promises to be a fun event; if you’ve never been to the Nourish NC warehouse, it is an amazing set-up.  Plus, they play great 80s music while you’re working and you get immediate gratification for your work. The volunteer activity will be followed by lunch at a downtown location.

WIN Circles:  these were developed in response to the 10 in 10 survey, which indicated members want opportunities to meet in smaller groups.  We are launching two WIN Circles: “What is Impact?”and a Book Club. 

What to Look for This Fall

Sharon Stewart indicated that WIN has two activities planned for this fall:

  • In September, there will be a philanthropy-themed member panel that will give us another opportunity to learn about and from our members.
  • In October, WIN will be taking a look forward towards our 2020 funding theme with an Environmental-focused event.

“WIN Members in the Community” Activity

Sharon Stewart explained that this activity is a result our 10 in 10 survey where members expressed curiosity about what other philanthropic activities other members are involved in and this is a first step to learn more.

Sharon also shared some research from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University, which has shown that women involved in giving circles:  give more strategically, give to a wide range of organizations, are more knowledgeable about their community and give more time, talent and treasure.

There were five poster boards with the four WIN themes and a fifth for “other” category.  Everyone was asked to use the post-it notes at their tables and write their name and the names of the various agencies where they provide Time, Treasure and/or Talent.  Members then placed their post-its on the appropriate poster board. 

It was amazing to see all the many ways that WIN members were involved in the community.  Out of the 30 participating members, there were 162 post-it notes for various organizations where members are involved! 

Founding Member and former WIN Chair Donis Smith provided a great synthesis of the activity, noting that the Health & Wellness area was the most popular.  There were also a number of organizations where many members are involved, including WHQR, Good Friends of Wilmington, Cape Fear Literacy Council and Cape Fear River Watch.


Kristine Moore wrapped up the event by thanking Events Committee Chair Linda Brown, who made possible the gathering to be held in the parish hall of St. Andrew's-on-the-Sound Episcopal Church, Linda and the Events Committee for organizing the event and providing refreshments, Isabella Hinds for organizing the Grantee Spotlight and Sharon Stewart for organizing the program.

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