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Women in Philanthropy kickoff a new year of community impact at its annual Fall for WIP event on September 19

Columbia, S.C. (September 12, 2019)Women in Philanthropy (WIP), an affinity group of United Way of the Midlands, kicks off a new year at its annual Fall for WIP event on Thursday, September 19 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the South Carolina State Museum.

“Women in Philanthropy continues to make great strides to improve our community. From creating, implementing and teaching the Willing, Able and Learning curriculum at local agencies as a for single parents to learn how to become financially stable to winning United Way’s most prestigious volunteer awards, this group of over 1,200 women and men embody what it means to Live United,” said Sara Fawcett, United Way of the Midlands President and CEO. “Fall for WIP is a perfect event to learn more about WIP’s mission, meet the faces of WIP and most importantly, create positive change for those currently struggling in our community.”

Attendees will hear about the positive impact Women in Philanthropy is making for women and children of the Midlands, meet the executive committee members and learn how to get involved with the community through WIP membership. Additionally, WIP’s 2018-2019 grantee Homeless No More will share how WIP’s $50,000 investment and membership has continued to make significant change for women and children in the Midlands.

"Fall for WIP is a great opportunity to learn what Women in Philanthropy is all about. It was the first event I attended before investing in a WIP membership, and it was because of meeting the women who make incredible change for women and children in crisis throughout our community,” said Kristin Scott, WIP Executive Committee, Events Chair. “Now, as a very involved and invested member of WIP, I am humbled to be part of finding solutions to critical issues through leadership, community investment, fundraising and mentoring. We hope the community will join us and bring a friend!”

WIP offers investors a variety of ways to stay involved throughout the year including numerous networking and personal development opportunities, social gatherings and fundraising events.

To learn more about Women in Philanthropy, visit  


About United Way of the Midlands

United Way of the Midlands is the most collaborative, efficient and accountable model for investing in the improvement of the Midlands community. With 65 Community Impact Partners, United Way works to identify and respond to the critical human service needs of Calhoun, Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland counties. Funds are raised through workplace campaigns, grant writing and individual donations and are directed to fight for causes including childhood literacy, economic mobility and dental and eye care for those without resources. For more information, please visit

About Women in Philanthropy

Women in Philanthropy (WIP) was founded in 2002 by a group of 16 business women and community activists in the Columbia area. WIP, the Midlands’ first women’s leadership initiative, was established as a giving circle focused on leadership development, education, advocacy and networking. WIP operates as an affinity group of United Way and oversees an annual investment of $50,000 into programs supporting women’s and children’s issues. For more information, please visit

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