Women's Collective Giving Grantmakers Network

Darla Moore, until 2012, was Vice President of Rainwater, Inc., a private investment company, is Founder and Chair of the Palmetto Institute, a nonprofit think tank aimed at bolstering per capita income in South Carolina, and Founder and Chair of The Charleston Parks Conservancy, a foundation focused on enhancing the parks and public spaces of the City of Charleston.
She is the first woman to be profiled on the cover of Fortune Magazine and named to the List of the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in American Business. She has served on numerous corporate and philanthropic boards, including Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, The South Financial Group, MPS Group, the National Advisory Board of JP Morgan, the National Teach for America Board of Directors, the Board of Trustees of the New York University Medical School and Hospital and the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees. She was formerly a managing director of the predecessor Chemical Bank and currently serves on The Culture Shed Board. 

 The University of South Carolina’s business school is named in her honor, the first business school in America named for a woman. She received the Business Person of the Year Award from the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and was inducted into the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame. She and Condoleezza Rice are the first women members of Augusta National Golf Club.

A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Ms. Moore holds an M.B.A. from George Washington University.

We’re honored and thrilled that Ms. Moore will be joining us for our signature face-to-face event – WCGN National Leadership Forum 2015. She’s a shining example of the power of women’s leadership in philanthropy.

Molly Barker, founder of Girls on the Run International & Red Boots Coalition, has watched as the North American non-profit program has grown in 18 years to be a leading girl empowerment organization. Molly started the program with just 13 girls in Charlotte North Carolina.  The program has grown exponentially and is now offered in over 200 cities with more than 180,000 girls being served by more than 60,000 volunteers.  The mission of the organization is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. 

Molly still serves as the "inspiring founder" of the organization but is now founding and heading up The Red Boot Coalition: a project that takes the same message of authenticity and empowerment to the "rest of us" by inviting those who are willing to address the current fear, anger, and hyperpolarized state of some of our largest systems:  politics, religion, economics, and ethnicity, by engaging in dialogue focused on the Eleven Red Boot Coalition Principles. Not afraid to ask the hard questions, Barker engages those around her with humor, poignant stories, and rich demonstrations of the power possible when people collectively give voice and action to love, compassion and curious-inquiry in spite of the perceived chaos, fear and anger around us.
Molly has been featured in countless national publications including Runner's World, Glamour and Shape.  She has also won a number of awards.  Included among those are the prestigious Alumni of the Year Award at her Alma Mater the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and the "Point of Light" award given to Molly, in 2013, in a ceremony at the White House hosted by Former President George Bush and President Barack Obama.

Nancy Brinker, founder, Susan G. Komen, is regarded as the leader of the global breast cancer movement. Her journey began with a simple promise to her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would do everything possible to end the shame, pain, fear and hopelessness caused by this disease. In one generation, the organization that bears Susan's name has changed the world.

In 1982, shortly after Susan's death from breast cancer at the age of 36, Brinker founded Susan G. Komen® in Susan’s name. Brinker faced an immediate uphill battle: newspapers balked at printing the words "breast cancer," no one talked openly about the disease, there were no 800- numbers, no internet and few, if any, support groups. Few treatment options existed for breast cancer patients and limited resources were committed to the disease. In a matter of years, Brinker broke the silence around breast cancer, and Susan G. Komen is now the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Today, the organization has invested more than $2.5 billion in breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment.

Her creativity in raising awareness led to programs that at the time were revolutionary. In 1983, she founded the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® series, which is now the world's largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer. She also pioneered cause-related marketing, allowing millions to participate in the fight against breast cancer through businesses that share Komen's commitment to end the disease forever. Komen's unwavering advocacy for breast cancer survivors led to new legislation and greater government research funding. Major advances in breast cancer research have been touched by hundreds of millions of dollars in Komen funding.

Brinker's determination to create a world without breast cancer is matched by her passion for enlisting every segment of society – from leaders to citizens – to participate in the battle. In 2009, President Barack Obama honored her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, for this work. The same year, she was named Goodwill Ambassador for Cancer Control for the United Nations' World Health Organization, where she continues her mission to put cancer control at the top of the world health agenda.

In 2010, Brinker released her New York Times best-selling memoir “Promise Me,” an inspirational story of her transformation from bereaved sister to the undisputed leader of the ongoing international movement to end breast cancer. She was named one of TIME magazine's "100 Most Influential People" in 2008. From 2001-2003, she served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Hungary and served as U.S. Chief of Protocol from 2007-2009 where she was responsible for overseeing all protocol matters for visiting heads of state and presidential travel abroad. In 2008, President George W. Bush appointed her to The Kennedy Center Board of Trustees.

Brinker is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has received numerous accolades for her global work, including the prestigious Mary Woodard Lasker Award for Public Service, the Champions of Excellence Award presented by the Centers for Disease Control, the Porter Prize presented by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, the Forbes Trailblazer Award, Ladies Home Journal's 100 Most Important Women of the 20th Century, the Anti-Defamation League Americanism Award, and Biography Magazine's 25 Most Powerful Women in America. She was named one of the 100 Most Trusted People in America by Reader’s Digest in 2013. 

Founder of Washington Women's Foundation (WWF) and WCGN, Colleen Willoughby's visionary leadership has transformed the landscape of philanthropy starting in Puget Sound region, spreading throughout the nation, and moving toward China and Australia. In 1995 she founded WWF – an innovative, democratically run fund that empowers women to pool their money to give large-scale, transformative grants to nonprofits in their own backyards.

During the past 20 years, WWF members have poured more than $13 million into the greater Seattle area and beyond. WWF’s financial support has reached more than 1,100 nonprofits through pooled and individual grants. Membership has more than quadrupled to 500.

Colleen’s pioneering model for collective philanthropic giving served as an inspiration for the creation of similar organizations nationwide, including Jacksonville, Florida; Boise, Idaho; Minneapolis, Minnesota; New York City; Ashville, NC; and San Diego, California.

After 12 years at the helm, Colleen stepped down as WWF’s president and founded The Women’s Collective Giving Grantmakers Network (WCGN) to support women’s collective giving nationwide. WCGN has attracted 41 member organizations, representing more than 8,000 women, who collectively have donated more than $65 million to worthy nonprofits in their own communities. WCGN programs include monthly educational conference calls and regular national conferences.

At about the same time, Colleen launched Global Women’s Philanthropy in collaboration with University of Washington’s Marc Lindenberg Center to encourage collective giving in China. She and her colleagues completed two fact-finding trips to China and sponsored a Chinese delegations’ visit to the U.S. Work to establish collective giving in China already is underway. In August 2013, Colleen accepted an invitation from the Australian Women Donors Network to speak about the power of collective giving to leaders in four Australian cities – Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth. Collective Giving Funds have been established in Melbourne and Brisbane, Australia and Shanghai, China. This year WWF is celebrating its 20th year.

Colleen’s previous volunteer accomplishments include building a new volunteer system for the Seattle YMCA in 1980, when women were new to YMCA’s leadership. In 1982 with seven other women, she co-founded CITYCLUB, a public affairs forum in Seattle, and for 30 years she has been delivering and leading a Women’s Leadership Symposium at Whitman College, titled “Women’s Education: For Living and Leadership”.

Colleen’s lifelong interest in women’s leadership has driven her 55-year career in community service and culminated in the creation of both Washington Women’s Foundation and Women’s Collective Giving Grantmakers Network. After years as a respected volunteer community fundraiser, Colleen saw a growing disparity between women’s wealth and their confidence to make large contributions. She founded WWF and later WCGN to educate women about philanthropy and to increase the opportunities for women to become major donors. By creating a vehicle for women to pool their money, Colleen launched a movement that puts women on the map as major donors.

In 2015, WWF awarded five major $100,000 pooled grants; one each in the foundation’s five designated funding areas  -- for a total of $500,000. (Pooled grants are awarded annually in each of five funding categories: Arts and Culture, Environment, Education, Health, and Social Service.) A similar amount will be distributed in smaller, individual grants. WWF’s grant committee, its flagship educational program, gives women hands-on experience handling large grants helping them to acquire the necessary skills to become thoughtful, effective philanthropists. A WWF grant often paves the way for more investment from the larger philanthropic community. Organizations built on the WWF model report having similar experiences in their own communities.

In 2001, Colleen received a $100,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to create a handbook outlining the WWF model for collective giving. With 2,000 copies in circulation, Something Ventured, an Innovative Model in Philanthropy, has been the inspiration for the establishment of numerous of giving circles and funds.

The faces of philanthropy are changing. WWF’s model allows women of relatively modest means to become fully engaged in philanthropy as it simultaneously builds a new source of funding. As collective giving organizations continue to increase membership, a previously untapped, sustainable source of major donations continues to build stronger communities throughout the country.

Colleen writes: “As we confront the challenges of community philanthropy and the daunting, growing needs of the community in the coming years, the expanding network of collective giving organizations will continue to promote and strengthen this new model of civic engagement. If the projected tsunami of wealth takes place in the coming years, women need to use this explosion of good fortune for the greater good. Institutions like WWF and its sister organizations throughout the country that encourage, support, and nourish donors for the common good can make that a reality.”

Colleen has been honored with numerous awards and recognition including, Women of Influence Award for Philanthropic Leadership by the Seattle Business Journal in 2004; the Mary Harriman Award, highest honor for voluntarism from the Association of Junior Leagues International in 2009; and in 2012, she was honored by her alma mater, Whitman College, with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, in recognition of her inspirational devotion to community service and legendary success in empowering women to be philanthropic leaders.

We're delighted to announce productivity consultant and Working Simply founder Carson Tate as a featured speaker at our Charlotte conference in October. As hardworking, engaged women in philanthropy, we'd wager that many of you suffer from what Carson calls the "busyness epidemic." Carson's work takes us beyond the diagnosis and offers a cure: practical tools that help us to work smarter, not harder and unleash the confident, visionary leader in each of us. A nationally-known expert on personal productivity, Carson's work has been highlighted across the U.S. media landscape, including Bloomberg Businessweek, Business Insider, CBS Money Watch, Fast Company, Forbes, The New York Times, USA Today, Working Mother and more.  Carson’s new book Work Simply: Embracing the Power of Your Personal Productivity Style was published by Penguin Random House in January.  See Carson's bio here.
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