Women in Philanthropy

Women united to create positive, measurable, long-term change in the lives of women and their families through leadership, networking, philanthropy and volunteering.

What We Do

We strive to stimulate positive change in community leadership by increasing women’s involvement in the community, women’s community networks and personal development of all women involved. We promote the idea that every woman can and must be a philanthropist if the challenges facing women and families are going to be addressed.

Through social and fundraising events, such as Power of the Purse (one of the most unique events in Midlands), and educational and volunteer opportunities, WIP offers investors a variety of ways to stay involved throughout the year. There are numerous networking and personal development opportunities provided throughout each year. Additionally, we make annual grants through United Way's request for proposal (RFP) processes.


How to Join

Any donor who makes an annual contribution of $500 or more to WIP is an investor. New investors are considered WIP members as soon as their pledge is received. Pledges can be made through United Way workplace campaigns or as individual donations.

Required donation to join WIP:

  • Ages 21 & up: $500 annually | $42 a month

Individuals: Give online now to join WIP!

Workplace Campaigns: Fill out this membership form to join.

Please return form to: 
United Way of the Midlands
Attn: Sarah Brennecke
1818 Blanding Street
Columbia, SC 29201


Scan the form carefully and email it to Sarah Brennecke.



WIP offers many opportunities for socializing and philanthropic giving throughout the year, including:

  • Power of the Purse is WIP's annual signature fundraiser and features a one-of-a-kind auction of designer handbags and other unique items. Funds raised benefit WIP's grantees.

  • Our Leadership Breakfast, held each December, features a dynamic speaker and chance to network with well-known women in our community and other Women in Philanthropy investors.

  • Food for Thought breakfast series is designed to bring awareness and educate us on topics related to our signature issue: financial stability.

  • WIP on the Town is WIP's quarterly pop-up event held at different places around the Midlands. 

Upcoming Events

Oct 08

Blueprint for Leadership Series

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Blueprint for Leadership, a professional development course targeting future community leaders. The program prepares diverse groups of individuals for volunteer service in the nonprofit sector. United Way of the Midlands is accepting applications for Blueprint for Leadership, a comprehensive...

Feb 13

WIP Galentine's Day: Self-Love and Self-Care

Thursday, February 13, 2020 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM.

Join us for WIP's Food For Thought: Galentine's edition as we learn the importance of Self-Care and Self-Love! We will hear from Dr. MaryAnne Massey on the benefits of self-care and some helpful tips to be kinder to yourself and make time for your self. We will also have a personal trainer from...

Feb 20

Humanitarian of the Year Dinner and Award Ceremony

Thursday, February 20, 2020 | 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM.

United Way of the Midlands cordially invites you to attend the Humanitarian of the Year Dinner and Award Ceremony honoring Pam Lackey. Cocktail Reception will begin at 6:30 PM and program and dinner at 7:30 PM. Location: University of South Carolina Alumni Center | 900 Senate Street | Columbia, SC...

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Volunteer Opportunities

Support women in our community by volunteering with WIP! 

Opportunities include:

  • Reading to children in families currently experiencing homelessness
  • Serving snacks to children at local homeless shelters
  • Teaching life skills to women and families trying to get back on their feet

Ready, Willing, & Able Course

WIP is seeking volunteers to assist with the implementation of the Ready, Willing, and Able course. Overseen by WIP's grantee, Homeless No More, the Ready, Willing, and Able Program is a six week series of one hour classes on personal and professional development for a career foundation of self awareness, self confidence and life skills for employment and life. Participants keep a portfolio of strengths, areas for improvement and goals.

Volunteers will help to facilitate small group discussions and act as team leaders/facilitators. Volunteers do not need to commit to six weeks. No specific experience or training is required.

WIP Signature Sponsors