It’s been a privilege to listen and learn from those in the arts.  

During these hard times, arts organizations need an appreciative audience. We found they valued WIN’s desire to learn more about them and their unique needs. We’ll provide a more comprehensive analysis in the coming weeks, after our interviews conclude.

 At the very least, as agents for WIN, we think we have built a new trust in WIN in the arts and culture community. 

We have found that working together in this circle has 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 with within WIN and in the New Hanover community—forming alliances that we hope will have lasting impact.

To learn more about the Arts & Culture October event, including a video of the event and the slide presentation, click here

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



This fall WIN is gearing up for a very exciting and important 2021 Grants Cycle,  focusing our resources on Arts & Culture.  This 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.

On Wednesday October 7, 5:30 - 6:30 come join your Arts&Culture Giving Circle,  led by Virginia Holman, Janet Stiegler, and Lynne Herndon.  Together, they have spent the last several months talking extensively with local experts, advocates, and practitioners in the Arts arena, working to understand their needs, their concerns, and their hopes for future funding.  In the presentation they will share their unique insights with fellow WIN members, so that you can become a more informed and effective philanthropist in the arts in New Hanover County.  Some of what they’ve learned will be familiar and some of it will be surprising. Please join us.

Effective philanthropy is informed philanthropy.  And this year WIN is beginning its process of educating ourselves and exploring our options earlier than ever.  If you are wondering what the Arts&Culture Giving Circle is all about, the meeting will include details of an exciting new way to be involved with WIN.  Under the umbrella of the Philanthropy Team, new Circles will bring together individuals with a passion for an Area of Giving (Arts&Culture, Education, Health&Wellness, Environment) to spend time exploring those communities and promoting WIN’s unique grants all in the spirit of community impact.  Come learn how you can get involved.

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