Women in Philanthropy

Women in Philanthropy provides an opportunity for a number of strong, caring and focused women to come together to learn about financial and philanthropic issues and to address the real needs of women and children in our area.

Women in Philanthropy (WIP) was founded in 2002 by a group of 16 businesswomen and community activists in the Columbia area. WIP is an organization dedicated to revolutionizing the way women give by transforming charitable contributions into philanthropic investments in the community. Their investments in the community create positive, measurable, long-term change in the lives of women and children by focusing on root causes and pooling resources to increase the impact.

A collaboration between United Way of the Midlands and Central Carolina Community Foundation, WIP is part of a larger national movement of women taking the activist role of philanthropy to seek long-term solutions through leadership, community investment, fundraising, advocacy and mentoring.

Apply For A Grant

The deadline for 2016 grants has passed. Applications for 2017 will open mid-July 2017.

Women In Philanthropy accepts proposals from non-profit organizations in Calhoun, Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and/or Richland counties that support women and/or children.

Applicants may request up to $10,000 and must demonstrate how the requested funds will improve organization operations, service delivery, and/or their client population. Applications addressing financial stability are of particular interest to Women In Philanthropy as its signature issue.

2016 Women in Philanthropy Grant Proposal Guidelines

Please note that applications will only be accepted through the online form. Emailed, mailed, or hand delivered applications will not be accepted.  

Grant Process and Timeline

  • Applications Open: July 18, 2016
  • Application Deadline: August 31, 2016
  • Awards Announced: November 1, 2016

Preliminary review of all applications will occur by the Women In Philanthropy Grants Committee to select up to 10 finalists. Applicants not selected as finalists will be notified of their status, and applicants selected as finalists also will be notified of their status to coordinate a site visit by the Women In Philanthropy Grants Committee from September 13-October 3, 2016. Awards will be announced by November 1, 2016, and grantees will be invited to join Women In Philanthropy at its Annual Leadership Breakfast in December 2016 (date to be determined) to be acknowledged and receive the funds.

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