2017 Grant Recipients Announced: RWF Tops $3 Million in Total Giving to Area Organizations Since 2004

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.

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