L-R: Women in Philanthropy's founding chairs Donna R. Chipps, Char Donnermeyer and Carol Wolfe at the 2002 luncheon.

Celebrating 10 years with Women in Philanthropy

Amber Lovett

It’s hard to believe  that United Way’s Women in Philanthropy program is celebrating its 10th year. Back in 2001, United Ways across the country were starting local women’s groups, and three volunteers – Char Donnermeyer, Carol Wolfe and Donna Chipps – led the effort in forming our group who decided to focus on helping local foster youth . I started at United Way in February 2001 and had the pleasure of working directly with the Women in Philanthropy program since its inception. It’s definitely been a favorite part of my job.

I can’t believe some of the accomplishments the group has achieved in the last ten years.

  • Raised $1 million for foster youth programs
  • Grown from 35 members in 2001 to 286 Women in Philanthropy members currently
  • Collected 1,223 towel sets for foster youth emancipation baskets
  • Collected 75 pieces of luggage for foster youth
  • Collected 904 holiday gifts and stockings for foster youth
  • Held 34 life skills workshops to teach foster youth life skills

I am so excited that we get to celebrate these accomplishments at our annual luncheon on October 13 at Macy’s. I hope that you can attend this one-of-a-kind event. Guests will be treated to a commemorative video, a fashion show with foster youth and Women in Philanthropy members, goodies from Macy’s and more.  I’m excited to see what Women in Philanthropy can accomplish in the next 10 years!

Amber Murry

Vice President, Marketing & Communications