Announcing The Unsung Suffragists Book Club
While the country commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, it is imperative that we recognize that not all women gained the right to vote on August 26, 1920. Black women and other American women of color had to fight for decades to come before they could legally vote. We hope you will join us and MUSE Winston-Salem for our Unsung Suffragists Book Club this fall!

Beginning the week of October 12th, we will host a series of virtual small group moderated discussions about the newly released book, Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All by Martha S. Jones, Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at John Hopkins University. Just choose the date and time that works best for you when you register below! We will end the book club with having Martha S. Jones herself joining us for a virtual discussion on October 21st at 4 PM. You won’t want to miss this!

We do not want cost to be a barrier for anyone to participate, so we will be purchasing limited copies to place at the following Forsyth County Public Library branches for checkout: Carver School Road Branch, Central Library and Southside Branch. You can also pre-order your book from Bookmarks using the following discount code for 20% off: 20VANGUARD. We look forward to engaging with you this fall.
Impacting the Lives of Women and Girls Together
It's that time of year again - The Women's Fund has started our annual grants process! As we anticipated, we have received a record number of grant applications this year. Due to the community impact of COVID-19, we know that our nonprofit partners are working harder than ever to adapt to our new reality and need our support now more than ever. We have been so humbled by our members going above and beyond in their giving and encouraging others to join in order to increase our grant-making dollars for this year. We had a goal of $120,000 and because of our incredibly generous membership base, we are well on our way to exceeding that goal.

If you have already joined or renewed your membership this year, we thank you for your support! If you have not yet, there is still time. Anyone who joins or renews as a member by September 7th will be guaranteed an opportunity to participate in our 2020 grants voting process where every member is able to vote on the proposals they believe should be funded. We have four membership levels: $25 (for full-time students), $100, $600, and $1,200.
 
We know that these are challenging times, and we appreciate your support so we can continue to make an impact on the lives of women and girls, together!
Let's Vote, Let's Discuss!
The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem invites our members to join us virtually for our annual Let's Discuss event! Although we can't meet in person, we are excited to offer our members and groups the opportunity to connect virtually and discuss the 2020 slate of grant proposals. We hope you will leave the discussion ready to confidently evaluate the proposals up for consideration this year.

On September 22, members will receive their 2020 ballot and 1-page summaries. Prior to Let's Discuss, you will also receive short video's featuring each grant applicant. The member voting period will run from September 22 - October 11 and Let's Discuss will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, October 6th at 12 noon and 5:30 pm. You can register below for the time that works best for you. Space is limited to the first 100 registrants for each session.

If you have any questions, please contact Shamika Starke, Strategic Initiatives Manager, at sstarke@wsfoundation.org or (336) 604-5160.
Save the Date for the Women's Fund's Virtual Luncheon Experience
Save the date for our 15th Annual Luncheon - Where do we go from here? Tuesday, November 17 from 12:00-1:15 pm! We are excited to connect with you virtually as we award our 2020 grants and celebrate the power of philanthropy dedicated specifically to women and girls. We’ll also be unveiling our 2020 Gender Lens report, and will host a panel discussion around the issues and metrics uncovered in the report. You won’t want to miss this learning opportunity!

We hope you will join us as we work collectively to achieve our mission of building economic security for women and girls in our community.
Honor the Special Women in Your Life
Honor the women in your life who inspire you by making a tribute gift today! With a gift of $50 or more, your honoree and you will be listed on the Women’s Fund's upcoming NEW website for the fifteenth annual luncheon. (Gifts must be received by October 14th to be listed on the website). In addition, a special letter from The Women’s Fund will be sent to your honoree to let them know of your gift. There is no limit to the number of people you can recognize with a donation of $50 or more for each of your honorees.

All tribute gifts provide direct support for our mission - to provide economic security for women and girls in Forsyth County.