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

In Memoriam and Appreciation

For the life of Jenny Bradley, RWF Board of Directors Member

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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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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

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

RWF Featured on Buzz4Good Podcast 2/18/2022

Our Board President MaryJean Levin spoke to Michael Hemphill of Buzz4Good about the ins and outs of Roanoke Women’s Foundation.

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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, 2002, the Clinic opened The William and Margaret Robertson behavioral Health Wing which focuses […] Read More

The Roanoke Times LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Letter: Column sheds light on good news in our community Jun 12, 2022 This is an expression of thanks to JoAnne Poindexter for her coverage in the June 3 “Your Community: Giving” column of […] Read More

June 3, 2022 Impact of Roanoke Women’s Foundation Grants Recounted By Joanne Poindexter,  The Roanoke Times  In 2021, the Roanoke Women’s Foundation distributed $340,000 to assist nonprofit and charitable organizations, and on May 10, foundation members, during their annual Power of […] Read More

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

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

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