RWF News

  • 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.

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  • 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…”

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  • 10/27/2016 6:25 PM | Anonymous

    The Roanoke Women’s Foundation
    gives largest total amount in 12 years

    Roanoke, Va. (October 27, 2016) – Celebrating its twelfth 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 $324,000 awarded at a luncheon held at Roanoke Country Club on October 27, 2016, brings to $2,726,000 the total in grants funded since the organization’s inception in 2004.

    “As we celebrate our 12th year of philanthropic giving to our community, we are excited to once again be able to support our community with impactful grants to worthy non-profit organizations.  With 164 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,” says Roanoke Women’s Foundation 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. 

    “We appreciate the significant work of The Roanoke Women’s Foundation as demonstrated by their high-impact grants to this year’s worthy recipients,” added Alan Ronk, executive director of Foundation for Roanoke Valley, which administers RWF’s fund.

    This year, 43 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 2016 grant cycle.

    In addition, to honor and recognize the role of RWF co-founder Virginia B. Jarrett the board, with donations from RWF members, established the Roanoke Women’s Foundation Founders Fund of Foundation for Roanoke Valley.  The fund will be advised by Mrs. Jarrett and board, and will be used to support their purpose to strengthen the community through increasing charitable contributions in our region, and promoting women’s leadership in philanthropy.

    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 or Foundation for Roanoke Valley’s website   Foundation for Roanoke Valley, the region’s community foundation, currently administers over 300 named endowment funds on behalf of the community.

  • 09/20/2016 9:04 AM | Luann Fitzpatrick (Administrator)

    On September 14, 2016, The Roanoke Women's Foundation was awarded the coveted Perry F. Kendig award for support of the arts! The RWF was nominated by Mill Mountain Theatre.  It was a great evening with about a dozen RWF members  present.   The event was held in the home of the President of Hollins University, Nancy Gray. 

    The Perry F. Kendig Arts and Culture Awards,  recognize individuals, businesses, and organizations in the Roanoke Valley that provide exemplary leadership in or support for the arts. Hollins University and Roanoke College  co-sponsor the awards. “The Kendig Awards program provides a focal point for celebrating the Roanoke Valley’s cultural identity,” said Hollins President Nancy Gray. “This initiative enables all of us to realize and appreciate the vital role arts and culture play in economic development as well as education in our schools.” 

    “Presenting this annual program builds an even stronger arts and culture bridge between our campuses and the community,” added Roanoke College President Mike Maxey. “We are proud to join with Hollins to champion this celebration of the arts.”

    Named for the late Perry F. Kendig, who served as president of Roanoke College and was an avid supporter and patron of the arts, the awards were presented by the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge for 27 years.

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