Ginny and Kandy

RWF was co-founded in Roanoke, Virginia, by local philanthropists Ginny Jarrett and Kandy Elliott, who, along with five other founding members, share a deep commitment to our community.

We are a field of interest fund of the Community Foundation Serving Western Virginia and hold public charity status under them.

We pool individual donations into large, high-impact grants to area non-profit organizations.  All vote on the recipients.  We provide grants ranging from $30,000 to over $100,000.

Since 2005, we have awarded grants totaling $4,171,500.  Any woman can join – no invitation needed!

Our Mission and Why We Started

Our mission, as a 100% volunteer organization, is to invest collaboratively in our communities and positively impact the area’s quality of life.

RWF was founded to offer women in the Roanoke Valley and surrounding areas an avenue to become leaders in the field of philanthropy and to offer a model for collaborative giving in response to the needs of our community. Our organization is based on a philanthropy model started in Seattle, Washington in 1995 and since replicated in other cities around the country. We are proud members of Philanos, a nationwide Network Of Women’s Collective Giving Groups.

Service Area

Roanoke, Va

100% of RWF funding goes to non-profit organizations in Roanoke City, Roanoke County, Salem, Vinton, Botetourt County, Craig County, Floyd County, and Franklin County, Virginia. RWF supports grants in the areas of arts and culture, education, the environment and health and human services.

2021 Board of Directors

  • Kathy Stockburger- President
  • MaryJean Levin- President Elect
  • Sheryl McNally- Secretary and Communications and Technology Co-Chair
  • Linda Frith- Treasurer
  • Brenda Anderson- Deputy Treasurer
  • Jenny Bradley- Grants Co-Chair
  • Trudy Brailsford- Grants Co-Chair
  • Sue Nussbaum- Grants Assistant Chair
  • Gwen Mason- Board Governance
  • Isabel Thornton- Communications and Technology Co-Chair
  • Sherry Frantz- Social Media
  • Yvonne Olson- Events and Education
  • Katrina Goode- Membership Co-Chair
  • Liz Chilton- Membership Co-Chair

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can join?
RWF is open to any woman who makes the commitment to support the organization by contributing $2,100 a year. This fee is payable in two parts:
  • $2,000 to Community Foundation Serving Western Virginia. This organization is RWF’s fiscal agent for community donations.
  • $100 to Roanoke Women’s Foundation for administrative fees and two annual grantee recognition events.
What are the areas of support?
We support organizations in Roanoke City, Roanoke County, Salem, Vinton, Botetourt County, Craig County, Floyd County, and Franklin County, Virginia.
We fund both capital and operating needs for nonprofit organizations in:
  • Arts and Culture
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health and Human Services
How are funding decisions made?

We look for critical needs, new ventures and innovative approaches to solving problems. RWF grants committee evaluates proposals and selects projects for an organization-wide ballot.
Voting takes place annually in autumn.  Funding awarded by RWF is proportional to the size of the membership. The projects selected reflect the diverse interests of the membership.

Can I vote on this year’s grants?

You can join at any time.  If membership is paid by June 30, you are eligible to vote.  Those who choose to join after this deadline are still considered full members, are welcome to attend the Awards Luncheon in the latter part of the year, and can participate in other events and committees as they wish.

How do I pay?

The membership fee is a $2,000 contribution paid to a fund only used for grants and $100 for RWF’s annual operating expenses.
Membership donations may be made on an annually, semi-annually, or quarterly basis, and we accept payments by check, credit card, and stock transfer.

Contact Us


Roanoke Women’s Foundation
P.O. Box 8976
Roanoke, Virginia 24014