2015 Luncheon Announced

SAVE THE DATE - NOV 5, 2015!

Women United's 10th Anniversary Luncheon

Margaret May DamenOur keynote speaker is Margaret May Damen, founder of the Institute for Women and Wealth and Co-Author of Women, Wealth and Giving: The Virtuous Legacy of the Boom Generation. 

Her focus on women’s financial and philanthropic issues began in 1990 with the publication of her book, Money$ense for Women. Today, her renowned workshop series, “The Life You Live is the Legacy You Leave,” and “You are the Pebble in The Pond” inspire and empower women and men to identify and embrace their psychological and emotional essence that enables them to excel in meaningful individual and family philanthropic giving by using tools from the 10 Steps to Living the Three Principles of Abundance. ™

Her 35 year career in education, finance, and philanthropy started as an Associate Vice President for Development at Boston University and continued as public relations director for New England Conservatory of Music and Executive Director of Arts/Boston., and included 18-years as a Senior Financial Advisor with American Express Financial Advisors. She is Past President of the Treasure Coast Planned Giving Council, and serves on the national board of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, PPP (formerly the National Committee on Planned Giving, NCPG). She has presented at national AFP, AHP and NCPG venues.

Damen holds a Bachelor and Masters Degree from Boston University where she is a member of the National Alumni Council Board. She is listed in “Who’s Who in Finance in America,” a recipient of the Boca Raton, Florida Chapter Brandeis Women of the Year award, and the Executive Women of the Palm Beach’s Leadership Award. She is a flutist and a member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity.

To learn more about Ms. Damen and her work, CLICK HERE.

To register for the luncheon, CLICK HERE

We will be awarding more LOCAL grant money than ever before! This is our 10th Anniversary Luncheon and the day will be full of surprises. Put this on your calendars now so you don't miss it!

Special thanks to our 2015 Luncheon Sponsors:

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 Sponsorships are still available. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information.

2015 Grant Finalists Announced

Presentations on Tuesday, September 22nd, 5:00-7:00pm

Omni Hotel Charlottesville, Salon C

This year on our 10th Anniversary, we are thrilled to be awarding $60,000 in grants to local human service organizations! Our Grant Committee received 12 excellent proposals, and has carefully reviewed and narrowed down to a selective group of 5 finalists:

Charlottesville Works:

In the Charlottesville region, 5,281 families (17 percent), mostly single mothers and their children, do not make enough money to pay for the essentials of life—food, shelter, clothing and utilities—and the added costs associated with working—childcare and transportation.  The goal of the Charlottesville Works Initiative is to identify these families and increase their income to a level of self-sufficiency by identifying jobs within their reach and positioning them to secure and excel in those jobs.

City of Promise:

Charlottesville’s City of Promise (CoP) is seeking a grant to provide evidence-based academic coaching for 20 youth ages 12-17 in the City of Promise Neighborhood (Westhaven, 10th& Page, Starr Hill). Students will be selected on the basis of need, and will also receive wrap-around supports through City of Promise and its community partners to ensure their ability to thrive academically, personally and eventually professionally.

Club Yancey:

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and the Albemarle School Board created a workgroup through charter to explore and recommend potential community wide use of B.F Yancey Elementary School. This application is based on the nine- month process of that workgroup to identify needs, interests and potential partners to create an intergenerational education center for the Southern Albemarle Community and funding to support these expansion efforts.

Foothills CAC:

Foothills Child Advocacy Center respectfully requests a grant to provide training for professionals who serve child abuse victims and their families so that they can continue to provide a coordinated, evidence-based, culturally competent, and compassionate response that helps reduce trauma for these children, ensure their healing, and keep them safe. These trainings will address two new and significant challenges in child abuse intervention: (1) identifying and providing an appropriate response to victims of human trafficking under the age of 18 in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area and (2) improving medical care of child abuse victims in the community.

Piedmont CASA:

Piedmont CASA recruits, screens, trains, supervises and supports community Volunteers who advocate in Court for abused and neglected children. CASA Volunteers conduct independent investigations and make recommendations to the judges regarding the children’s best interest, always promoting safe, permanent, and nurturing homes.

We invite you to join us on Tuesday, September 22nd, 5:00-7:00pm at the Omni Hotel to hear presentations from these wonderful organizations and learn more about the impact they have on our community.  RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are able to attend.

2015 Human Service Grant Award Recipients will be announced at our 10th Anniversary Luncheon on Thursday, November 5th at Farmington Country Club.

Life, Work, Love, and Play: Finding Balance


Join Women United at City Space on Saturday, March 21, 2105 at 2:00 as we co-host "Life, Work, Love, and Play: Finding Balance", a Virginia Festival of the Book panel event.

Authors Miriam Liss and Holly Schiffrin (coauthors of Balancing the Big Stuff: Finding Happiness in Work, Family, and Life) and Brigid Schulte (Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time) will share their research, illuminating examples, and their own experiences about finding work-life balance.  Moderated by Women United Membership Co-Chair and Owner/President of Champion Tutoring, Dr. Anna Patchias, this event promises to be a fabulous and insightful discussion.

Find more information on this great event, as well as the hundreds of other Virginia Festival of the Book activities at http://vabook.org/program/life-work-and-play-finding-balance/

Women United serves to engage and educate our Members and our community. This is just one event dedicated to that mission. Be sure to check our website for other opportunities and follow us on Facebook.

Why So Few?

Closing The STEM Gender Gap

On February 24, Women United brought together a panel of community members to discuss their perspectives on how we, as a community, can help expose girls to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields and encourage those who are interested to follow their hearts and minds. 


Adrian Felts, Operatations Manager, Battelle; Director, Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair


Joan Vienvenue, PhD, Director, Applied Research Institute, University of Virginia

Mary Stelow, Charlottesville High School Junior; Robotics Innovator; Member, Best All-round Club of Nerds (BACON)

Paula White, Gifted Resource Teacher, Albemarle County Public Schools; Founder, Girls' Geek Day Program

The event began with a video introduction of the "Like a Girl" campaign ad and excerpts from the WTJU Radio interview with panelist and Girls Geek Day Founder, Paula White, followed by an introduction to our topic and Panelists by Moderator, Adrian Felts.

Panelists, who represented three very different aspects of involvement in STEM, were each granted a few minutes to introduce themselves to the audience, giving a brief overview on their own journey as a female involved in STEM fields.  Following introductions the audience was given a chance to ask questions to our panelists and exciting, information-rich discussion quickly ensued.   

If you are interested in learning more about STEM opportunities in our community and on-line download the STEM Resource sheet from the event HERE or contact panelist Paula White at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or  Tech-Girls.com Founder, Kim Wilkens at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2014 Grant Award Recipients Announced

On Friday, November 21, Women United was thrilled to announce our 2014 Human Services Grant Award Recipients! This year we awarded two $22,500 grants to the following organizations:

Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Blue Ridge matches children ages 6 through 18 facing adversity with professionally supported 1-to-1 adult mentors that change their lives for the better.  They will use their $22,500 grant to recruit mentors, conduct background checks on volunteers, provide training to support monthly group activities and conduct monthly support calls to volunteers, children and their family members.  BBBS currently has over 150 children waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister and this money will help match children with mentors in the year 2015.

ReadyKids (formerly Children, Youth and Family Services, CYFS) has served the the Charlottesville area for over 90 years. Their various programs are focused on giving kids the chance to reach their full potential by contributing to their own and the community's success.  ReadyKids! will use their $22,500 grant to support 104 low-income individuals, primarily mothers and their children, to participate in their year-long ParentingMobile program in the Southwood neighborhood.  The ParentingMobile is a free early learning playgroup that provides a preschool-like learning experience for families.

Read more: 2014 Grant Award Recipients Announced

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