Women’s Impact Fund's Social Hour for Social Issues
On Wednesday, September 29, 2010, Dr. Heather Smith, Faculty Research Associate with the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute and Associate Professor of Geography, participated in the Women’s Impact Fund's (WIF) Social Hour for Social Issues at the new NC Dance Theatre. Titled The Changing Face of Charlotte: Our region from 30,000 feet and on the ground, the event provided an opportunity for WIF membership to explore and discuss issues of population change and immigration in Mecklenburg County.
In addition to her presentation profiling the statistics, causes and local impacts of population change in our community, Dr. Smith also served on a panel with Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, Dr. Michael Marsicano of The Foundation For The Carolinas and Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown of Presbyterian Healthcare. Given the positive response to the evening, we’re pleased to make Dr. Smith’s presentation available on the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute’s website. The Women’s Impact Fund works to maximize women's leadership in philanthropy by engaging and educating its membership, increasing charitable contributions and strengthening communities through the impact of collective giving. Since its inception in 2003, WIF has grown to over 400 members, making it one of the fastest growing women’s funds in the nation. Additionally, WIF has made grants to the community totaling over $2,000,000. WIF supports grants in the following areas: environment, education, health, human services, and arts & culture.