Women in Philanthropy is supported by so many successful and powerful women around the Midlands. “Purse-o-nalities” are role models in this group that support WIP on an even deeper level by championing WIP’s cause to better the lives of local women and children by being the “faces” of WIP’s largest fundraising event called Power of the Purse (POP). POP is an annual event held in the spring and is about community-minded women (and men!) coming together and having fun while raising money to support our community– a true party with a purpose!
Because of people like this and people like you, in 16 years, Women in Philanthropy has invested over $1,500,000 in the community to support women and children! The following extraordinary women (and men) are our representative "Purse-o-nalities."
“When we as a community establish a culture of equipping those in need with tools for success, our community is able to thrive and flourish. Women in Philanthropy does a wonderful job of engaging the Midlands through Power of the Purse each year by creating a philanthropic event that sparks a conversation and inspires people to move and change lives." - Sara Fawcett, President & CEO, United Way of the Midlands
“Women have the #PowerTo change the world, and we are standing right beside them. Bank of America is proud to be the Pink Carpet Sponsor of Women in Philanthropy's Power of the Purse.” -Kim Wilkerson, State President for Bank of America
“Women in Philanthropy was founded to engage women in the promotion of the welfare of others. The power of a unified group of individuals serving our community with both heart and mind is truly impactful.” - Sharon Bryant, a Women in Philanthropy founding member and the South Carolina Regional Executive Vice President of First Citizens Bank
"Benedict College was founded in 1870 by a female philanthropist, Bathsheba Benedict. I cannot think of a more fitting tribute to her legacy than for Benedict to play a role in developing, supporting and celebrating Women in Philanthropy who word to support United Way of the Midlands, and be extension, our entire community." - Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, President of Benedict College
“A single gift rarely changes root cause for those in need; however, when combined with additional investments we can create great change, and most importantly, hope.” -Mary Grace Mungo, a Power of the Purse 2019 Entertainment Sponsor
“Women have a duty to support and lift each other up, which is why I felt passionate about Nephron becoming a Women in Philanthropy Signature Sponsor. For more than 15 years, Women in Philanthropy and United Way of the Midlands have supported women and children in need during trying times. By supporting this cause, I trust that families experiencing instability will receive assistance through these organizations. Women empowerment is an uplifting message that we must continue teaching future generations for years to come.” – Lou Kennedy, CEO of Nephron Pharmaceuticals
"I am so excited about this year's Power of the Purse! It's all about giving back to women and children in need within our community. Impact is being made each year by this event!" - Mary King, WIS-TV
"At Abacus, we have the privilege to partner with our clients in all stages of life. We understand the gift of opportunity that financial security creates including the doors that open when a broad and safe network exists for a family. WIP, through United Way, works to unite women across the Midlands in support of women and children for whom the day to day is not always secure and doors are not always open for future success. We are honored to be a WIP Signature Sponsor and to have a small part in the work WIP does on behalf of our community. Join us for an evening of celebrating the Power of the Purse!" -Cheryl Holland, CFP®, Abacus Planning Group
“Each person is born with very individual qualities and potential. We, as a society, owe it to women to create a truly supportive environment in which they, too, can grow and move forward.” -Charlotte Berry
“I believe in the United Way of the Midlands. Giving to this organization means giving to many worthy organizations who deserve out love, support and service.” -Joyce Martin Hill
“The power of organized, combined philanthropy maximizes our impact while amplifying our individual efforts throughout the Midlands region.” -Margie Heggie
“The definition of ‘philanthropy’ is ‘love of mankind.’ Women in Philanthropy is a sisterhood of caring women who demonstrate their love for children and families in the Midlands.” -Inez Tenenbaum
“A thought became a dream, and the dream bloomed.” -Ann Henry
“Being a founder of Women in Philanthropy was one of my life’s greatest moments. To be able to create an organization that will help our community in many ways is enlightening, but also to create one that is perpetual is priceless. We are leaving legacies! Everyone should grab a chance at that!” -Toni Elkins
BANK OF AMERICA
BLUECROSS BLUESHIELD OF SOUTH CAROLINA
FIRST COMMUNITY BANK
FIRST CITIZENS BANK
MARY KING - WIS-TV
BANK OF AMERICA
LEXINGTON MEDICAL CENTER
MICHAEL SEEZEN AND MCNAIR LAW FIRM, P.A.
SOUTH STATE BANK
ABACUS PLANNING GROUP
TAMIKA ISAAC DEVINE
President & CEO of United Way of the Midlands
Judy was the Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and was a strong supporter of community programs in the Midlands before she passed away in 2016. She was also United Way's 2014 Humanitarian of the Year.
Lou is President and CEO of Nephron Pharmaceuticals and is a strong supporter of community programs in the Midlands, such as the Palmetto Conservation Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Women in Philanthropy.
Sharon is one of the 16 founding members of Women in Philanthropy and greatly supports WIP and United Way of the Midlands as the South Carolina Regional Executive Vice President for First Citizens Bank.
COACH DAWN STALEY
Dawn is the Head Coach of the Univeristy of South Carolina's women's basketball team. She is an American basketball hall of fame player and coach and also a three-time Olympian.
MAYOR STEVE BENJAMIN, MIKE BRENAN AND RAY TANNER
Mayor Benjamin has been the Mayor of Columbia since 2010. Mike Brenan is BB&T's South Carolina Regional President. Ray Tanner is the Athletic Director at the University of South Carolina and former Head Coach of the USC Baseball Team who won two National Championships under his leadership.