GREENSBORO, N.C. (Oct. 21) – Women to Women, an endowed grantmaking fund at The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, today awarded $70,000 to a program at Guilford Child Development and helped name Dr. Margaret Arbuckle the News & Record Woman of the Year. A second honor, the News & Record Rising Star Award – focused on young emerging leaders making amazing community contributions now – was given to Parker White.
Women to Women also welcomed as its keynote speaker Gloria Steinem, the trailblazing women’s rights advocate.
This year, Women to Women focused its grant on programs that use the arts in education. The recipient of Women to Women’s grant this year, Guilford Child Development’s Learning ART Together program will be a new component of the Learning Together Family Literacy program that is currently underway in partnership with GTCC.
The fourth 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.
Five 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. 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.
Since then – and despite the worst economic climate since the Great Depression – the fund has achieved its initial $3 million goal. This afternoon, Women to Women announced that it is raising its endowment fundraising goal to $5 million. Once all pledges have been fulfilled at this increased level, the fund is expected to award about $200,000 in grants each year.
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. The finalists were:
- Dr. Mary Anne Busch, coordinator of internships and refugee services at UNCG’s Center for New North Carolinians
- Dr. Margaret B. Arbuckle, former executive director of the Guilford Education Alliance
- Susan H. Cupito, director of the YWCA’s Healthy Moms Healthy Babies program
As the News & Record Woman of the Year, Dr. Arbuckle 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.
The award committee decided that, based on the myriad of nominations it receives, it also should recognize a young woman who is just beginning to emerge as a leader in Greensboro. The committee selected Parker White, who founded BackPack Beginnings, which provides meals to at-risk local school children.