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.
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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 or renew

Any donor who makes an annual unrestricted contribution of $500 or more 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:

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

Individuals: Give online now to join WIP!

Workplace Campaigns: Fill out this membership form to join or renew.

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

OR

Scan the form carefully and email it to Sarah Brennecke.

 

Why WIP?

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.

Events

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 27

Fall for WIP

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 | 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Join Women in Philanthropy on Wednesday, October 27 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM at River Rat Brewery as we kickoff our year! Bring your family and meet other WIP members and learn about the positive change WIP is making in our community for women and children. Meet WIP's Executive Committee members and...

Nov 09

Being Allies: Allyship and Mental Health

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Women in Philanthropy, in partnership with Colonial Life, presents the Four-Part Series: "Being Allies". In our final installment, we will explore mental health from stigmas to how we can be better allies and support to one another and our youth. This event will take place on Tuesday, November 9th...

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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

WIP Signature Sponsors