How Do We Move From Ideas to Action?
Last year, we heard a resounding theme emerge from our three-part Through a Gender Lens conversation series and our annual Social Change Exchange—Women's Fund members want to move beyond researching and discussing issues and start taking action and tap into new ways to make a difference. We recognize that to create meaningful change, we must join organized efforts that build collective purpose and power in ways that individuals can’t alone. 

So, starting this year, The Women's Fund will be responding to our community by providing opportunities to discover ways we can follow directly-impacted leaders, add power and influence to local movements driving change, and help move forward community-led solutions. To achieve our mission and successfully disrupt the systems that cause disparities based on race and gender, we must take action.

On March 31 from noon to 1:15 pm, we invite you to join us virtually for the first of a four-part series that will take deep dives into the most pressing issues our community has identified as critical to advancing economic opportunity for women and girls. We will hear from local leaders on how they're supporting low-wage earners to stay in and find affordable options for housing.

We are so grateful to our panelists and moderator for giving their time to this critical conversation:

With the eviction crisis sweeping our community and housing prices dramatically increasing, our community seeks new ways to advocate for reforms, emergency relief, and shifting the balance of power in housing to be more equitable, fair, and just.

We hope you can join us for this four-part series.


  • Equitable Public Education (Pre-K through 12)
  • Fair and Livable Wages
  • Improved Access to Childcare 
Who Are Your Fab Five?
The Women's Fund was started over 16 years ago when five friends affectionately known as the Fab Five — Michelle Cook, Lynn Eisenberg, Sarah Holthouser, Mary Jamis, and Janie Wilson —believed that they, along with other local women, could make a real difference in the lives of women and girls in their community. A vision took shape, and a collective giving model emerged, planting seeds for a new way of giving.

Which four friends will you invite to join or renew their membership along with you to complete your Fab Five?
Thank you so much to our 2022 Women's Fund members who have renewed or joined as a member for the first time. The Women's Fund is especially grateful to our donors who have gone above and beyond by paying it forward for those who may not have the financial means to join as a Fund member.

If you do not have the financial resources at this time to join or renew your membership, The Women's Fund invites you to request a complimentary membership. Every woman's voice matters, and it's critical to ensure local women who are closest to the issues we work on have the opportunity to help lead this work and vote on funding decisions.
Are You Ready for In-Person Events? We Need Your Voice.
It’s hard to believe that it has been over two years since The Women’s Fund last hosted an in-person event. As we enter into what feels like a new season while still navigating uncertainty, we would love to hear from you about what feels right as far as in-person opportunities this year.

Please take a few moments to answer the following brief survey. Your feedback is welcomed and needed as we plan future events moving forward. We cannot thank you enough for sharing your thoughts with us. 
Women's Fund Members & Volunteers, Share Their WHY
As we celebrate Women's History Month, we'd like to shine a light on some of our members and volunteers. They continue to donate their time, talents, and treasure to support and create an equitable and inclusive community for women and girls in Forsyth County.

Hear from two members and volunteers of the Fund who share their WHY regarding engaging with The Women's Fund.
Lesley-Anne Leonard
Shaheen Towles
I joined the Women's Fund as a Participant Scholar in 2008.
Newly graduated from Salem College, I wanted to continue my
involvement in organizations empowering women. The
Women's Fund's commitment to uplifting the voices of women
and girls in our community resonated with my values.

When I moved to Winston-Salem more than eight years ago, I
wanted to get involved in an organization that addresses the
needs of women and girls. Learning about the Women’s Fund of
Winston-Salem was an incredible opportunity to do just that!

If you are a current Women's Fund volunteer or member, we would love to hear from you, too! Click the button below to upload a quick video or submit a short written response sharing your WHY with The Women's Fund.

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