The Roanoke Women’s Foundation (RWF) is a philanthropic
organization based on a model started in Seattle, Washington
in 1995 and subsequently put into action in 18 cities around
the country. The RWF has been established to provide women
an avenue to become leaders in charitable giving by offering
women a vehicle for collaborative giving in response to our
communities' many needs.
The RWF was founded because it is clear that women
are more interested than ever in philanthropy and want
to have a greater voice in where and how their contributions
are spent. The RWF is open to women of all income levels
who have an interest in aggregating smaller gifts in
order to make significant impact grants to worthy organizations
in the community.
Individual women comprise RWF membership,
and each member casts an equal vote when selecting
our annual large-impact grants.
With an annual commitment
of $2100 ($2000 of which will go directly to recipients),
RWF members will make transformational annual gifts
that tremendously benefit our region. It is our goal
to make five and even six-figure grants annually. Members
will have no obligation to RWF other than to fulfill
the annual contribution and to help select recipients.
RWF is proud to be member of the Women's Collective Giving Grantmakers Network.