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  • 05/10/2020 10:13 PM | Sheryl McNally (Administrator)

    RWF recognizes the significant community impact caused by COVID-19. By working together, we can help lessen this impact on families struggling during this uncertain time. Please join RWF in their partnership with the United Way to support our community's COVID-19 Relief Fund. 

    United Way-RWF "Together We Give"


  • 05/10/2020 9:30 PM | Sheryl McNally (Administrator)

    Due to grant awards over the past 4 years, these organizations were ineligible to apply for the 2020 grant cycle. Here are their immediate needs. 

    BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS - "Take Out Hunger" - A community collaborative effort to provide hot meals from local restaurants. $35 provides one meal for a family.  Take Out Hunger

    FREE (Foundation For Rehabilitation Equipment and Endowment) - Operating support for the increased supply and staff costs of sanitizing donated equipment FREE Operating Funds

    GIRL SCOUTS OF VIRGINIA SKYLINE - Virtual programs though a new Virtual Program Director   Girl Scouts Virtual Programs

    PLANNED PARENTHOOD - Services available in person and telehealth. Operating support  Planned Parenthood Services

    ROANOKE AREA MINISTRIES - Large plastic bins for food storage and feeding homeless and the general community. Notes with well wishes.  Drop off call Linda-540-343-3753  Notes for Well Wishes

    SARA - Empowering Survivors of Sexual Violence - Sexual assault counseling increasing with isolation; counseling and crisis hotline 24/7. Operating support  SARA Operating Funds



  • 11/13/2018 5:54 PM | Anonymous

    Roanoke, Va. (November 1, 2018) – Celebrating its fourteenth year, The Roanoke Women’s Foundation (RWF) has announced the recipients of its grant awards, the largest amount given to date. A total of $369,500 was awarded at a luncheon held at Roanoke Country Club on November 1, 2018, bringing to $3,436,500 the total in funds granted since the RWF’s inception.

    In congratulating the grant winners, Jan Garrett, The Roanoke Women’s Foundation Board President, said, “The Roanoke Valley is fortunate to have organizations of such high caliber striving every day to improve the quality of life for our citizens. The 186 members of The Roanoke Women’s Foundation are honored to work with these dedicated community partners.”

    The Roanoke Women’s Foundation was established as a way for women in the Roanoke Valley and surrounding communities to share their philanthropic goals and pool their resources in order to make significant gifts to the community.

    This year, 56 organizations applied for funding from the RWF. Through a thorough vetting process, that number was narrowed to a group that was presented to the membership for their vote. Based on those results, these grants were awarded in the 2018 grant cycle.


  • 07/03/2018 11:07 AM | Anonymous

    "Roanoke Valley should know that philanthropy - a modern, vibrant version - is alive and well at The Roanoke Women’s Foundation."

    Click here to read more.

  • 07/03/2018 10:54 AM | Anonymous

    Thanks to help from the Roanoke Women's Foundation, the Mill Mountain Zoo was able to make nearly $30,000 worth of renovations and upgrades. Click here to read more.

  • 11/02/2017 12:02 PM | Anonymous

    $341,000 Awarded to Five Organizations
    At 2017 Grants Luncheon

    The Roanoke Women’s Foundation gives largest total amount in 13 years

    Roanoke, Va. (November 2, 2017) – Celebrating its thirteenth year, The Roanoke Women’s Foundation (RWF) has announced the recipients of its grant awards, the largest total given to date.

    The latest grants, a total of $341,000 awarded at a luncheon held at Roanoke Country Club on November 2, 2017, bring to $3,067,000 the total in grants funded since the organization’s inception in 2004.

    “As we gather to celebrate our 13th year of philanthropic giving to our community, we are excited to once again be able to support our community with grants that make significant impacts for worthy non-profit organizations.  With 172 members, our highest to date, we are able to provide important and transformational funding to organizations within the Roanoke Valley and surrounding areas.  We commend all of those organizations who participated in our rigorous grant making process this year,” said Jan Garrett, The Roanoke Women’s Foundation Board President.   

    “We have just reached a significant milestone in the history of The Roanoke Women’s Foundation as we have now exceeded the $3 million dollar mark in total grant making to more than 50 non-profit organizations in the communities we serve.  This is an extraordinary achievement by a relatively small but powerful group of women who are passionately committed to making meaningful and substantive differences in our communities,” said RWF co-founder, Kandy Elliott.  Elliott and co-founder Ginny Jarrett established the RWF as a way for women in the Roanoke and surrounding communities to share their philanthropic goals and pool their resources in order to make significant gifts to the community. 

    This year, 50 organizations applied for funding from the RWF.  Through a thorough vetting process, that number was narrowed to a group that was presented to the membership for their vote.  Based on those results, five grants were awarded in the 2017 grant cycle (click to see grant recipients).

    The Roanoke Women’s Foundation is open to any woman who makes the commitment to support the RWF for at least three years at a level of $2,100 per year.  Members have no other obligation than to fulfill the annual contribution and to participate in the voting process determining the recipients of the pooled fund grants.  For more information, visit www.roanokewomensfoundation.org or Foundation for Roanoke Valley’s website www.foundationforroanokevalley.org.   Foundation for Roanoke Valley, the region’s community foundation, currently administers over 300 named endowment funds on behalf of the community.



  • 07/23/2017 5:58 PM | Anonymous

    Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Virginia is recognizing businesses and individuals who’ve supported its Adopt-a-Room program. The Roanoke Women’s Foundation helped Adopt-a-Room started get started about two years ago with a $30,000 grant.

    Click here to read more.

  • 03/16/2017 2:11 PM | Anonymous

    The RWF Education and Membership Committees partnered for the first education event of 2017.  "Why Fund The Arts?" was held on March 16 at the art-filled home of Dotsy Clifton. The speakers were Susan Jennings, Arts and Culture Coordinator for Roanoke City; Cyrus Pace of the Jefferson Center; Pat Wilhelms of Roanoke Children's Theatre; and Donna Robinson of Cultural Arts for Excellence (CAFE), a RWF funded program that uses the arts for academic remediation.  In a dialogue with RWF members, the panelists, led by moderator Ginny Jarrett, all spoke on the impact arts have on a vibrant and growing community.  As government funds may be diminishing, it is more important than ever to keep our arts funded.  The panelists spoke about the arts being an economic engine, as well as an opportunity for personal growth and enrichment.  Thanks to all who helped to make this event a success!

  • 03/13/2017 5:22 PM | Kandy Elliott (Administrator)

    RWF Co-Founder, Ginny Jarrett, has been invited to join the Board of Directors of the Women's Collective Giving Grantmakers Network (WCGN).  WCGN supports the creation, development, and expansion of women's collective giving grantmaking nationwide.

    Ginny Jarrett will serve a three-year term and will sit on the Membership Committee. Their task is to connect with the WCGN's 49 member organizations, and for recruiting new foundations to WCGN.

    The RWF is a proud member of the WCGN, and congratulates Ginny on this distinguished honor! 


  • 12/11/2016 6:23 PM | Anonymous

    Katherine Elliott, Roanoke Times, December 11, 2016

    Kudos to Bruce Bryan for his Nov. 13 commentary, “We've got some catching up to do.” While celebrating many of the recent accomplishments in our valley, Bryan shed light on the fact that according to Virginia Business magazine, no Greater Roanoke-based business made the magazine’s list of the top 15 corporate donors to Virginia non-profits in 2015.

    He went on to note that only one Roanoke company, from those announced, contributed $100,000 or more to Virginia non-profits. On its surface, this would give one pause, because as Bryan himself noted, “We have generous people…”

    Click here to read more.


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