GREENSBORO, N.C. (Nov. 6) – Women to Women, an endowed grantmaking fund at The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, today  awarded $40,000 to Family Service of Greensboro’s Women SOAR program and joined the News & Record in naming Lelia Moore the News & Record Woman of the Year.

This year, Women to Women focused its grant on health for women and families in our area. The Women SOAR serves women and girls suffering from mental health and substance abuse disorders and provides treatment options based on their lifestyle needs.

Moore is the congregational nurse coordinator at Cone Health.

Women to Women also welcomed iconic environmental activist Erin Brockovich at its third annual Celebration Luncheon. Brockovich was portrayed by actress Julia Roberts in a performance that garnered Roberts the 2000 Academy Award for Best Actress.

The third annual Celebration Luncheon continued the work of Women to Women – the first permanent grantmaking endowment of its kind in the Greensboro area. This fund was established by women for women – to help improve the lives of other women and their families in the Greensboro area.

Four years ago, four Greensboro women – Louise Brady, Lisa Bullock, Ann Lineweaver and Linda Sloan – established the Women to Women Endowment at The Community Foundation. Their goal was to provide large, high-impact grants to support issues relevant to women and their families in Guilford County.

Since then – and despite the worst economic climate since the Great Depression – the fund has achieved its initial $3 million goal. Once all pledges have been fulfilled, the fund is expected to award about $120,000 in grants each year.

In its grantmaking, Women to Women is focusing on the areas of education, social services, the environment, health and the arts, as they pertain to women and families. At its public launch luncheon in 2010, the group awarded its first grant of $25,000 to the Sherrie Denese Jackson Foundation for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, Inc. – a move that many credit for helping the organization not only stay afloat but flourish, helping 150 women who may otherwise have continued to struggle alone.

Last year, Women to Women’s $25,000 grant was awarded to the Women’s Resource Center’s New Choices program, which assists women in their return to the workplace.

In addition, this year Women to Women was pleased to continue its partnership with the News & Record, the luncheon’s Presenting Sponsor, in presenting the new News & Record Woman of the Year Award – recognizing a woman who has made a tremendous, positive impact on the Greensboro area. In addition to Moore, the other finalists were:

  • Shirley Taylor Frye, Chairwoman, Joseph M. Bryan Foundation of Greater Greensboro
  • Susan Shore Schwartz, Executive Director, The Cemala Foundation
  • Sheron K. Sumner, Founder and Executive Director, Reach Out First (now Step Up Ministry Greensboro)
  • Craig Thomas, Executive Director, Mary’s House

As the News & Record Woman of the Year, Moore received a $5,000 grant for her to award to a charity of her choice. This grant was made possible by an anonymous donor to Women to Women.

For more information on Women to Women, visit www.cfgg.org.