Joining a committee is a great way to meet other Women for Women members and get more involved in the work of the giving circle.

Jayme Davis, Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC, and WFW Steering Committee Member Julia Akers; photo by Michael Oppenheim

Advocacy & Education Committee: Leverages public policy change and public funding to champion solutions to the issues reflected in our membership-approved grants

Committee members

  • Develop relationships with community partners and grantees
  • Alert our members of ways to advocate for positive change
  • Plan and orchestrate educational events to shine a light on issues directly impacting women and girls in our community

Grants Committee: Evaluates grant proposals and makes site visits to make informed funding recommendations to the membership

Committee members

  • Read, discuss and vote on all proposals
  • Research issues related to the grant proposals in order to make informed decisions
  • Serve as members of site visit teams to learn more about applicants' projects

Jennie Rhyne, Bolling Farmer, Molly Gaffney-Keebler and Nancy Gettys; photo by Michael Oppenheim

Membership & Communications Committee: Recruits and retains members of the giving circle

Committee members

  • Contact new members to welcome them and answer questions
  • Coordinate and host events such as Celebrate WFW and the Spring Gathering
  • Ensure members have the information they need to speak confidently about the work of the giving circle and encourage women to join

The Steering Committee provides oversight to the three standing committees, manages the giving circle's administrative budget, and develops the giving circle's strategic plan. There is a nominating process for the Steering Committee and openings for new members are available on a rotating basis.

Read about our 2022 grants.

Women for Women Steering Committee

Bolling Farmer, Chair
Kathy Rauch, Vice Chair
Julia Akers
Shelia Christofalos
Carrie Coward
Sheila Horine
Amy Loether
Peggy Newell
Eva-Michelle Spicer
Jewel Tavener
Katie Wadington
Pam Winkler