GREENSBORO, N.C. – Women to Women, an endowed grantmaking fund at The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, today (Nov. 16) awarded $25,000 to the Women’s Resource Center and joined the News & Record in naming Yolanda Leacraft the News & Record Woman of the Year. In addition, generous donors contributed more than $205,000 in a mere eight minutes!
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Women to Women’s grant to the Women’s Resource Center will help the organization’s New Choices program. New Choices educates displaced homemakers on how to make the transition back into the workforce. The program provides education and training geared towards self esteem, time management, resume building and interview skills. The program even provides clothing vouchers for program graduates to purchase professional attire that will allow them to project their best during interviews and on the job.
Leacraft (in purple in photo) a longtime community activist and volunteer and current member of the ABC Board of Greensboro, was recognized as the Woman of the Year for a lifetime of significant contributions to her community.
Women to Women also welcomed Dee Dee Myers, the first woman to serve as White House Press Secretary and author of the bestselling memoir Why Women Should Rule the World, at its second annual Celebration Luncheon.
The second annual Celebration Luncheon continues 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.
Three 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 raised $2.4 million of its initial $3 million goal. Now, Women to Women is asking women across the community to help raise the final $600,000. Once $3 million is raised, the fund is expected to award about $150,000 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.
In addition, this year Women to Women was pleased to partner 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 Leacraft, the other finalists were:
- Ruth D. Anderson, Executive Director of The Servant Leadership School of Greensboro
- Carole Bruce, Partner, Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
- Goldie Byrd, Ph.D., Professor, Dean of College of Arts & Sciences, N.C. A&T State University
- Jane Gibson, Public Support Coordinator, Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro
As the News & Record Woman of the Year, Leacraft 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.
Dee Dee Myers served as White House Press Secretary under President Bill Clinton from 1993 through 1994. She was the first woman to hold that position. Asked how she dealt with an often combative press corps, she once said, “Never take it personally and never lose your sense of humor.”
Since leaving the White House, Myers has been a sought-after political analyst, commentator, and writer. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller Why Women Should Rule the World and a Contributing Editor to Vanity Fair magazine, served as a consultant to the NBC television drama The West Wing and lectures on politics, current events and women’s issues.