Women in Philanthropy reaches $1 million milestone in community grants, celebrates impact at annual Leadership Breakfast

December 7, 2015

COLUMBIA, SC –  After 12 years of service in the Midlands, Women in Philanthropy (WIP), an affinity group of United Way of the Midlands in collaboration with  Central Carolina Community Foundation, has granted more than $1 million to programs benefiting women and children in the Midlands.

Since 2003, WIP has issued 84 grants to 71 organizations, totaling $1,013,477.

“It’s so rewarding to be part of a vibrant group that’s inspiring, educating and engaging women to become actively involved in local leadership and advocacy efforts,” said Stacy Lindenberg chair of Women in Philanthropy.

WIP is dedicated to providing a platform for women to transform charitable contributions into strategic philanthropic investments. WIP’s investments are aimed at creating positive, measurable, long-term change in the lives of women and children in the Midlands.

To celebrate this milestone, WIP will host its third annual Leadership Breakfast on Thursday, December 10 at 8 a.m. at the Palmetto Club located at 1231 Sumter St. The breakfast will feature guest speaker, Jane Jenkins Herlong, best-selling author and former Miss South Carolina. Tickets are available at womeninphilanthropy.com.

WIP funds programs like My Amigos Bilingual Education Center (MABEC), a program teaching the importance of diversity and respect as well as preparing students for academic success.

“Because of the funding we received from WIP, we have been able to offer more scholarships to children who would otherwise not be able to afford to be a part of our program,” Joy Huyk, co-founder of MABEC.

Other benefiting organizations include: Columbia College’s Girls Empowered Program, Healing Families Foundation, Tutor Eau Claire Reading and Dyslexia Resource Center, Youth Corps. Leadership Training, Family Shelter, Girl Scouts Mountains to Midlands and Reach Out and Read Carolinas. New grantees will be announced at the upcoming breakfast. The grants are made possible through contributions from WIP investors along with funds raised at signature events like Power of the Purse in May and the Leadership Breakfast.

For more information about WIP, upcoming events and to get involved, visit womeninphilanthropy.com.

About Women in Philanthropy
Women in Philanthropy (WIP) was formed through the collaborative efforts of United Way of the Midlands and the Central Carolina Community Foundation. WIP is made up of female investors working to improve the lives of women and children through active leadership and collective philanthropy.
About United Way of the Midlands
United Way of the Midlands is the most organized efficient and accountable system for investing in the community. With more than 80 certified partner agencies, United Way works to identify and respond to the critical human service needs of Calhoun, Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland counties. Funds are raised through workplace campaigns, grant writing and individual donations. For more information please visit www.uway.org