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Women in Philanthropy plans annual membership meeting

on Thursday, 18 February 2016. Posted in Good life, Local News

Women in Philanthropy, a giving circle of Eastern Carolina Community Foundation, will hold its annual membership meeting at noon on Feb.18 at the Drs. Bruce & Lee Foundation Library, Stukes Meeting Room. Madeleine McGee, president of the South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations, will be speaking on how women impact philanthropy. The annual membership luncheon serves to inspire philanthropy in women through fellowship.

The event is open to the public and a light lunch will be served. Founded in 1997, SCANPO is the only statewide membership organization and network that brings together nonprofit leaders to strengthen the state's entire nonprofit sector. It serves thousands of South Carolinians dedicated to community service, leadership and caring through nonprofit and philanthropic organizations.

Membership in Women in Philanthropy is open to anyone who cares about the quality of life in the Pee Dee. The giving circle was founded by Eastern Carolina Community Foundation in 2009 to bring about change through the power of small grants made annually to programs and organizations throughout the region. Members of WIP believe that, by combining both enthusiasm and financial resources, they can best address the Pee Dee’s high-priority issues collectively and strategically, and bring change through the power of small grants.

Their annual grant program has awarded $300,000 during the last seven years, funding more than 25 nonprofit organizations throughout the Pee Dee. This past year, $45,000 in grants was given to Mercy Medicine, Help 4 Kids Florence, House of Hope of the Pee Dee, SNAC, Veterans Resource Center of Florence, Florence Area Literacy Council, The Naomi Project and Mercy in Me Free Medical Clinic.

“This dynamic group of women is really making a difference in the Pee Dee, and all the members agree it is the best money we have ever given away,” said WIP chair, Pastor Mary Finklea of Cross and Crown Lutheran Church. “The impact that diverse women in our community – professional women, stay-at-home moms and women from a broad range of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds – have on philanthropy is amazing. When we work together, we can make an even greater impact so please join us.” For more information about Women in Philanthropy, come to the membership luncheon on Feb.18 or visit www. easterncarolinacf.org/learn/womeninphilanthropy.

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