Women's Philanthropy Society

For women. By women.

Our Mission

Our mission is to leave a legacy of love - an enduring gift for generations to come - across a broad spectrum of issues impacting our community's quality of life.

Our Focus

Annually the Women's Philanthropy Society invests through a high-impact grant to address a systemic issue affecting local women and families. This year, the area of focus is mental health.

Membership

Donors who contribute at least $1,000 are invited to become "members" of the Women's Philanthropy Society.

The Women’s Philanthropy Society is the fundraising arm for the Women's Endowment, which is the heart of this effort. The Women's Endowment provides a permanent source of community capital to support the work being done by various organizations and agencies to address a wide spectrum of systemic issues that impact the quality of life for women and families in our community. 

"Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much." -Helen Keller


Society Membership Supports Three Key Areas:

  • Education

    Around the annual focus issue
  • Funding

    A strategic solution for the focus issue
  • Mentoring

    The next generation of philanthropists

Annual Events:

  • February

    Community Conversation about the annual focus issue
  • March

    Toasting with Tallulah fundraising event
  • October

    Membership luncheon/tea with inspirational speaker and opportunity to select the focus area for the following year

Leadership Council

  • Leta DeMaioribus | Chair

  • Holly McCarty | Vice Chair

  • Jeanne Brown

  • Mary Grace Evans

  • Amy Harbarger

  • Ginger Harper

  • Debbie Harriman

  • Lori King-Taylor

  • Vicki Kretzchmar

  • Kelly Moise

  • Jana Moody

  • Marie Newberry

  • Diane Reynolds

  • Jessica Hovis-Smith

  • Kathi Tew

  • Lynn Troy

  • STAFF PARTICIPANTS

  • Ann Kvach

  • Melissa Thompson

Giving Levels

The Community Foundation will recognize cumulative gifts of $1,000 or more on its website at the following levels:

  • Tallulah Bankhead

    $1,000 - $4,999

  • Coretta Scott King

    $5,000 - $9,999

  • Rosa Parks

    $10,000 - $24,000

  • Helen Keller

    $25,000 or more

 

All gifts to the Women's Philanthropy Society are appreciated. For more information about the Women’s Philanthropy Society, please contact the Community Foundation at giving@communityfoundationhsv.org.

Women's Philanthropy Society Donors:

Helen Keller | $25,000 - $99,000

    Rosa Parks | $10,000 - $24,999

      Coretta Scott King | $5,000 - $9,999

        Tallulah Bankhead | $1,000 - $4,999

          Frequently Asked Questions

          Who can donate?

          Although the Women's Philanthropy Society is primarily for women and by women, anyone can donate to celebrate the impact of the women in their lives.

          Who decides where the money goes?

          At the annual gathering in October, the Women's Philanthropy Society members will select the focus area for the upcoming year. The following August, the Grants Committee will select the grant recipient(s).

          What types of projects?

          In order to positively impact women and their familes, the Women's Philanthropy Society will award a high-impact, high-dollar grant addressing systemic change in the chosen focus area.

          How does this fund ensure a "legacy of love"?

          One-half of all donations to the Women's Philanthropy Society will be used for annual grant-making, and the balance will be endowed to provide a permanent source of funding to support women and their families in our community forever.

          How is the Women’s Philanthropy Society different from other local fundraising efforts to help women?

          The Greater Huntsville community is very generous, and so it is no surprise that there are a number of worthwhile organizations, projects, and programs that benefit women and children in our area. Many of these projects address targeted areas of concern to women and families such as job training, education, health, human services, or youth development. Furthermore, most of these programs rely on annual donations to support their work.

          The Women’s Philanthropy Society is the fundraising arm for the Women's Endowment, which is the heart of this effort. The Women's Endowment provides a permanent source of community capital to support the work being done by various organizations and agencies to address a wide spectrum of systemic issues that impact the quality of life for women and families. The Women's Philanthropy Society invests annually through a high-impact grant to address a systemic issue. The Women’s Philanthropy Society will not replace the work of any existing organizations but rather provides an additional, perpetual funding source to ensure that good work can continue.

          What portion of donations to the Women's Philanthropy Society will be available for grants each year?

          Half of all donations to the Women’s Philanthropy Society will be used for annual grantmaking, and the balance will be used to grow the Women's Endowment in perpetuity and to generate additional income for current-year grantmaking.

          If there are community needs, why create an endowment instead of spending all donations now?

          An endowment provides a stable source of income to address the concerns of women and their families forever, and contributions to the Women’s Philanthropy Society provide a lasting legacy of the women who support it. The impact of these investments will continue to benefit the community long after the donations have been made. Additionally, our community is growing and changing each year, and the needs of tomorrow may be different from our needs today. The Women’s Philanthropy Society will be here to meet the needs of the community today and in the future.

          How does the Community Foundation publicize the grant opportunity?

          The Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville promotes grant opportunities from the Women’s Philanthropy Society through its website, through social media channels, and through targeted e-mail correspondence.

          Can I make an honorary or memorial gift to the Women's Philanthropy Society?

          Yes! Each of us can point to strong women who have made a positive impact on our lives. What better way to honor these women than by making a gift to the Women's Philanthropy Society in their honor and creating a permanent legacy to celebrate their contributions forever.

          Can I donate assets other than cash to the Women's Philanthropy Society?

          Yes! The Community Foundation can accept not only cash and credit cards, but also non-cash gifts such as stocks and bonds. Assets such as real estate and other personal property may also be accepted, but are subject to Board approval.

          To make a credit card donation to the Women's Philanthropy Society, please click the Donate button above. If you would like more information about making a non-cash gift to the Women's Philanthropy Society, please contact Stuart Obermann at stuart@communityfoundationhsv.org for simple transaction instructions.


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