Investing in Women

In April 2018, our annual What Matters Community Luncheon focused on the issues affecting women and girls in the Triangle and how we can ensure they thrive. This luncheon was followed by our Triangle Donors Forum in October, an educational event that discussed the findings and recommendations from the Status of Women in North Carolina report by the NC Council for Women and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. This publication focused on employment and earning trends of women in NC.

As a result of the report findings, donor input, and conversations with community leaders, the Foundation launched its first ever Donor Impact Group*, Women THRIVE, focusing our efforts with passionate donors on building the economic security of low-income women and women-led households' in Southeast Raleigh and East Durham. Women THRIVE is possible because of support from 12 donors and 6 funds at the Foundation. Since inception, over $472,000 has been raised to support this cause.

* Donor Impact Groups exist to activate and engage our fundholders and other donors around specific issues they are passionate about outside of our five impact areas.

We're Working To

Increase workforce development opportunities in job and career readiness, placement, retention and advancement, & career pathways

Provide access to work supports such as childcare, transportation, and other public benefits. 

Our Lead Partner

In Fall 2019, Women THRIVE awarded Dress for Success of the Triangle a $100,000 planning grant to develop a pilot workforce development project in partnership with other Triangle-area grassroots organizations providing critical services to low-income women. In Fall 2020, the group awarded an additional $100,000 to Dress for Success to support the implementation phase of this project, with a goal of providing up to $400,000 total to support this work.

Triangle Community Foundation announced a $100,000 grant, awarded to local nonprofit organization Dress for Success Triangle, as part of their Women THRIVE project in Fall 2020. This award is to help in the implementation of a pilot program that focuses on workforce development for low-income single mothers in SE Raleigh and East Durham. This funding supports the program’s commitment to partnership with Triangle-area organizations providing critical services to low-income women, and will support current and new programming, evaluation, and technology adaptation during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read more about it here.