Women's Collective Giving Grantmakers Network
The full force of women-powered philanthropy comes to Charlotte October 15-17!

The WCGN Board of Directors invites you to the 2015 National Leadership Forum in Charlotte, our fifth WCGN conference. 


Dear {Contact_First_Name},

Register now to join your colleagues in collective giving  at the 2015 WCGN National Leadership Forum in Charlotte, NC October 15-17!  Special early bird rates for members apply starting today. 

Beyond providing plenty of opportunities for face-to-face networking, our WCGN National Leadership Forum features inspirational speakers in philanthropy, educational workshops, and panel discussions covering front-and-center issues in collective giving. You'll hear from outside experts as well as accomplished members from our own WCGN family.

If you have not been to a conference here's what WCGN member Bronwyn Belling, Anne Arundel Women Giving Together's Past President, had to say about her time in at 2014's conference in St. Louis: 

I had a fabulous time in St. Louis and am still ‘in the glow’ of appreciation ... Made a long list of my ‘aha’ moments on the airplane flying home. And more gems have come to me since! 

We deeply thank our Charlotte hosts, the Women's Impact Fund, and our conference lead sponsors, Merrill Lynch, for their commitment to women's collective giving. 

See you in Charlotte!


Laura Midgley
 WCGN Board of Directors

Dianne Chipps Bailey
Co-chair, WCGN Leadership Forum
Dianne Chipps Bailey
Sonja Nichols
Co-chair, WCGN Leadership Forum

Sonja Nichols




October 15-17, 2015

Full session registration includes:

  • Thursday Oct. 15 - Check-in begins at 1 pm and cocktail reception at 6 pm followed by dinner at 7 pm.
  • Friday Oct. 16 - Morning welcome at The Foundation For The Carolinas; Lunch at The Mint Museum; Keynote Dinner at The Ballantyne Hotel
  • Saturday Oct. 17 - Breakout session and lunch. Adjourn at noon with box lunches available for travelers. 
Do you have questions about the conference? 

Check out Conference FAQs.

    One of the many benefits of WCGN membership includes our $300 early bird registration rate,which covers all sessions and meals. Member Early Bird rates apply to all current WCGN Member Organizations AND their members. The Member Early Bird rate is valid until August 1.

    We welcome anyone who supports collective giving and women-powered philanthropy. Non-member registration begins in late spring for $450.







    The Conference Program Planning Committee is working to make YOUR conference as good as it can be. But we need your ideas as well! Please respond to our survey coming in March. The committee will follow up with whomever you'd like for details. As you know, we rely heavily on member organizations sharing best practices, challenges, and failures, too! 

    Interested in getting more involved in conference programming? We want you! Join our committee by contacting the WCGN Conference Program Committee Chair, Virginia Mills! Many thanks to our current members:

    Donna Broderick, Impact 100 Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH)
    Sandy Cook, Women’s Impact Alliance (Jacksonville, FL)
    Marla Felcher, The Philanthropy Connection (Boston, MA)
    Kathy Frost, Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund (St. Louis, MO)
    Felice Joyce, Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund (St. Louis, MO)
    Laura Midgley,  Washington Women’s Foundation (Seattle, WA)
    Maureen Romito, Impact Las Vegas (Las Vegas)
    Virginia Mills, Chair, WCGN Conference Program Committee, Womenade Boston (Boston, MA)

    The gorgeous Ballantyne Hotel and Spa will be our conference headquarters. Thanks to our hosts, The Women's Impact Fund, southern hospitality will abound and we will enjoy many of the finest venues Charlotte has to offer, such as the Foundation of the Carolinas and the Mint Museum. 



    Attendees are responsible for booking their own rooms at The Ballantyne Hotel here 
    to secure special rates:  
    • $169 Single, per night,
    • $169 Double, per night,
    • $179 Triple, per night,
    • $189 Quad, per night                         
    These rates are available three nights prior to and following the conference while supplies last.
    Attendees wishing to share rooms should inform the hotel of the names of each WCGN Conference attendee staying in the room, so that WCGN can track attendance. 
    All guest rooms and every meeting room will have complimentary WiFi.


    Charlotte has a rich history steeped in the discovery of gold and the pride of Scots-Irish settlers. The Queen City was founded in 1768 and named for Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III of England. Now the nation’s second leading financial center, Charlotte was originally built at the crossroads of two Native-American trading paths. The intersection of these two paths, now major streets, is known as the heart of Charlotte – “Trade & Tryon.”  


    CHARLOTTE DOUGLAS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (CLT) is served by the following airlines:

    • American Airlines
    • Delta Air Lines
    • Frontier Airlines
    • JetBlue Airways
    • Southwest Airlines
    • United Airlines
    • US Airways

    Airport transportation will be available in addition to buses between venues. No need for a rental car. 

    Merrill Lynch
    Thank you to our Lead Sponsor, Merrill Lynch, whose generous support of  WCGN programs and our 2015 conference in Charlotte demonstrates their strong commitment to the advancement of women's philanthropy nationwide.
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