Almost 400 women are expected to attend the Women’s Fund of Smith County's ninth annual “Power of the Purse” luncheon Oct. 25 at the Green Acres CrossWalk Conference Center.
The event, with a theme of “Live the Give: How Women are Raising Charitable Communities,” will feature guest speaker Carol Weisman, president of Board Builders. The of St. Louis, Missouri, resident is an internationally known speaker, author, trainer and consultant who is an avid proponent of women’s philanthropy, which includes her membership in the Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund. In the keynote presentation, Weisman will address how women can “Live the Give,” through their personal involvement and investment in causes they believe in, as well as their role in inspiring younger generations to embrace philanthropy.
“The Women’s Fund – with other collective giving circles across the nation – demonstrates that women enjoy bonding together in charitable giving,” said Marty Wiggins, board chair. “Our annual grants process allows our members to evaluate and vote on community programs to fund that will improve the lives of women and children in Smith County. Power of the Purse is an opportunity for Women’s Fund members and guests to reflect on these high-impact grants, and the difference they are making in the lives of others and our community as a whole.”
Ms. Wiggins added that Women’s Fund members also benefit.
“As our signature annual event Power of the Purse reminds us, women can collaboratively give of their hearts, leadership and financial blessings to change our community for the better,” she said. “It’s amazing to see the powerful good that results from this model of philanthropy.”
The Women's Fund of Smith County was created in 2007 as a collective giving circle, whereby members annually pledge financial contributions that result in high-impact grants to improve the lives of Smith County women and children. From its initial grant awards in 2009, the organization has now provided $958,125 in funding to Smith County agencies for specific programs.
“In 2017, we will celebrate exceeding the 1 million dollar milestone in grants awarded, as well as the 10th anniversary of the Women’s Fund,” said Kristen Seeber, president/CEO of the Women’s Fund of Smith County. “This is a wonderful time to consider joining the organization, as the Women’s Fund continually welcomes new members and sees its circle of giving grow.”