Roanoke Women’s Foundation

RWF’s mission is to connect the power of women and their pooled financial resources to enhance the quality of life in our communities. Roanoke Women’s Foundation is a philanthropic organization that supports arts and culture, education, the environment, and health and human services through a competitive grants process. RWF is funded by member donations.

roanoke Women’s Foundation News

RWF Annual Meeting 2/26/24

RWF Annual Meeting was held on February 26, 2024 at Second Presbyterian Church from 5:30-7:00 p.m.   RWF president, Betsy Whitney, welcomed everyone and set a positive tone for our gathering.  Treasurer, Ann Green, provided insights into RWF’s financial status through her budget […] Read More

2023 Founders Fund Award

RWF Founders, Ginny Jarrett and Kandy Elliott, visit Chris’s Coffee and Custard (LovABLE Services, Inc.) and congratulate them on receiving the 2023 Roanoke Women’s Foundation Founders Fund award in the amount of $1,820.00!  Chris’s Coffee & Custard is a unique coffee […] Read More

Celebrating our 2023 Grantees

On Thursday, November 2, 2023, members and guests of the Roanoke Women’s Foundation gathered at the Vinton War Memorial to announce and celebrate our 2023 grantees. The RWF awarded $392,100, bringing our giving total since 2005 to $5,281,600.

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2023 Board Lunch Get-Together

A number of the Roanoke Women’s Foundation Board members met for lunch to celebrate the end of the grants process and the beginning of member voting for our 2023 grants. We look forward to announcing our new grantees on November 2, […] Read More

May 2023, Power of the Purse Celebration!

  On Tuesday, May 9th, we celebrated the progress of our 2022 grantees at our annual Power of the Purse event! Each Spring the recipients of the previous year’s awards join us to update our donors on how they have put […] Read More


Roanoke Women’s Foundation today announced the largest annual total of grants in its 18-year history. Nine organizations received a combined total of $378,000. The 2022 recipients include: + Apple Ridge Farm – $30,000 toward its academic summer camp, serving low-income, inner-city […] Read More


Roanoke Women’s Foundation members happily attend the grand opening of a new center at Bradley Free Clinic of Roanoke Valley. At the ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 13, 2022, the Clinic opened The William and Margaret Robertson behavioral Health Wing which focuses […] Read More

November 2021, Roanoke Women’s Foundation Surpasses $4.5 Million in Community Giving

In its seventeenth year of grant making, the Roanoke Women’s Foundation has reached a cumulative total of $4,511,500 in grants to local non-profit organizations. The six most recent awards, totaling $340,000, were announced November 4, 2021. The 2021 awardees: Adult Care […] Read More

November 2021, Founders award $1,670 to Good Samaritan Hospice in memory of Marilyn Elliott

The Foundation’s gift will support their plans to build the Good Samaritan Center for Caring. The Center envisioned will provide hospice inpatient care, serve as a permanent home for our home hospice teams, include a community bereavement center, and accommodate administrative […] Read More

November 2020, New Grant Poised To Bring Opportunity To NW Roanoke Through New “EnVision Center”

Virginia Career Works – Blue Ridge and the City of Roanoke Redevelopment Housing Authority (RRHA) have been awarded a grant from the Roanoke Women’s Foundation to support the new EnVision Center located in the old Melrose Library. The Center will serve […] Read More

Roanoke Women’s Foundation gives $360,000 to community organizations

The Roanoke Women’s Foundation (RWF) gave out $360,000 to seven organizations during a virtual presentation. The foundation’s in the 16th year and supports arts and culture, education, the environment, and health and human services through a competitive grants process. All grants […] Read More

Local nonprofits work together to meet needs during coronavirus pandemic

In this time of need, local nonprofits are working together to maximize their resources. The Roanoke Women’s Foundation raised $18,000 within three or four weeks. “Amazed, surprised and delighted,” said Nancy Dixon, president of the Roanoke Women’s Foundation. Normally the foundation […] Read More

Roanoke Women’s Foundation announces grants

The Roanoke Women’s Foundation, celebrating its 15th anniversary, has awarded grants totaling $375,000 to six nonprofit organizations. The foundation supports arts and culture, education, the environment and health and human services through a competitive grants process. Funded by member donations, it […] Read More

2018 Roanoke Women’s Foundation Grants

Roanoke Women’s Foundation Awards $369,500 in 2018 grants  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 […] Read More

Philanthropy Is Alive and Well at Roanoke Women’s Foundation

In a recent Roanoke Times editorial on the improving local arts and cultural scene (“Voting with their wallets,” June 21) you note that while individual charitable contributions are up, the “old-fashioned philanthropy” of the corporate sector is diminishing. Roanoke Valley should […] Read More