Effective philanthropy is informed philanthropy.  And in 2021 WIN is deepening its process of educating ourselves and exploring our options earlier than ever.  2021 will be our second Grants round in Arts&Culture and comes at a critical time for one of the foundations of Wilmington’s economy.  The impact of Covid on Arts&Culture has obviously been profound, generating serious challenges and inspiring new ways of reaching the community.

During these hard times, arts organizations need an appreciative audience.  As WIN's first Area of Giving Circle, we learned Arts&Culture leaders valued WIN’s desire to learn more about them and their unique needs.   At the very least, as agents for WIN, we think we have built a new trust in WIN in the arts and culture community. 

Working together in this circle has also been fun and exciting. We’ve gotten to know one another better through our somewhat intense workload. We’ve worked well together as a team and are now bonded at the hip.

Joining an Area of Giving Circle has allowed us to forge stronger bonds within WIN and in the New Hanover community—forming alliances that we hope will have lasting impact.

During the summer and fall 2020, the Arts&Culture Circle (Lynne Herndon, Virginia Holman, Janet Stiegler)  talked extensively with local experts, advocates, and practitioners in the Arts arena, working to understand their needs, their concerns, and their hopes for future funding.  They  share their unique insights with fellow WIN members in this presentation in early October 2020.  Some of what they learned will be familiar and some of it will be surprising.  All of it will help you become a more informed and effective philanthropist in the arts in New Hanover County.

To learn more about the Philanthropy Team’s new Area of Giving Circles, please click here.

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