Charlotte to host national women’s philanthropy forum on October 15th-17th

Charlotte to host national women’s philanthropy forum on October 15th-17th
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Women philanthropists from across the country will gather in Charlotte this fall as the Women’s Collective Giving Grantmakers Network (WCGN) holds its 2015 National Leadership Forum October 15-17, 2015, at the Ballantyne Resort Hotel and various locations Uptown.



  • WCGN is the national umbrella group for collective giving funds like Charlotte’s Women’s Impact Fund (WIF) across the US.
  • WCGN represents 44 collective giving grantmaking groups, with a combined membership of nearly 10,000 women, in 23 states – that together have given nearly $70 million in grants to nonprofits throughout the country.
  • WCGN is recognized as a national authority in women’s philanthropic leadership with a mission to improve the world through pooling intellectual and financial capital for the common good.
  • Charlotte was selected to host this year’s conference because WIF is one of the most respected women’s collective giving funds in the US. This is the first time the WCGN National Leadership Forum has been convened on the East Coast.
  • Darla Moore, former Vice President of Rainwater, Inc., a private investment company, will serve as keynote speaker. Moore is also Founder and Chair of the Palmetto Institute and Founder and Chair of The Charleston Parks Conservancy. Moore has invested or donated approximately $130 million of her own money into projects that benefit her home state of South Carolina.
  • Breakout and plenary sessions during the three days will include presentations from national and local leaders such as Nancy Brinker, the founder of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and Molly Barker, the local founder of Girls on the Run.
  • Full conference registration cost is $350 for members/$450 for non-members, individual program tickets available at various rates. Registration/volunteer information can be found here.
  • To date, the Women’s Impact Fund has made 54 grants totaling nearly $4.2 million.


“We are thrilled and honored to co-chair the WCGN 2015 National Leadership Forum. Women’s Impact Fund and Charlotte are once again on the national stage. No woman philanthropist – seasoned or emerging – should miss this chance to be equipped, engaged and inspired. Join us!” – Dianne Bailey, Co-Chair

“There has been no better time to learn more about the women’s collective giving and get involved our community.” – Sonja Nichols, Co-Chair

About the Women’s Impact Fund

Charlotte’s Women’s Impact Fund’s mission is to maximize women’s leadership in philanthropy by engaging and educating members, increasing charitable contributions and strengthening communities through the impact of collective giving. The organization has emerged as one of the largest women’s collective giving groups in the country and continues to create powerful change within Mecklenburg County.

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