2016 Grants Awarded

IMG 2727At our November 3 Luncheon, Women United announced our 2016 Human Services Grant Award recipients: Albemarle Housing Improvement Program for Children Safe at Home and Piedmont Housing Alliance for Nutrition and Community at Friendship Court. We awarded $20,000 to each organization.

Pictured here are Karen Reifenberger, Claudette Grant & Beth Kennan from PHA and Jennifer Jacobs from AHIP.

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A benefit of your membership level is the opportunity to get involved in the Human Services Grant Awards selection process, which is central to Women United’s mission of maximizing women's leadership in philanthropy by engaging and educating the membership, increasing charitable contributions, and strengthening our community through the impact of collective giving to support human services.

CLICK HERE to verify your 2017 Membership is up to date. If you are a 2017 Donor or Corporate Member, you can participate in one or both of the following ways:
The Grant Committee will soon begin the process that leads to the selection of Women United's 2017 Human Services Award recipient(s). Please send to us the names of any non-profit organizations or one of their specific programs or projects that you recommend for consideration by the Committee. Please include the name, e-mail address, and telephone number of the organization’s contact person with your nomination.
As you consider organizations/programs to nominate, please keep in mind that the organization you nominate must be a 501(c)3, and the organization or program should serve women and/or children in the localities of Planning District 10 (the City of Charlottesville and the Counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson).

Organizations that received Women United Human Services Grant Awards in the past two years are not eligible for consideration. For the 2017 grant cycle, these ineligible organizations are:  Albemarle Housing Improvement Program, Piedmont Housing Alliance, City of Promise, Foothills Child Advocacy Center, and Charlottesville Works Initiative.

To nominate an organization, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before February 10, 2017.  Include your preferred contact email address and telephone number.


Please consider serving on the 2017 Grant Committee. We will be hosting an information session for donor and corporate members considering Grant Committee Service:

Thursday, January 26, 2017
9:00 to 10:30 am
Hantzmon Wiebel Conference Room
818 East Jefferson Street, Charlottesville

RSVP by Friday, January 20, 2017, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Grant Commitee service is an excellent way to actively support Women United’s mission of maximizing women's leadership in philanthropy by:

•    Educating the membership about non-profit organizations serving our community
•    Contributing your skills to this comprehensive grant award selection process
•    Serving as a good steward of the funds provided by our members for grant awards
•    Meeting and collaborating with other Women United members

The three 2017 Grant Committee meetings will take place at the Hantzmon Wiebel offices in downtown Charlottesville.  As you consider committee participation, please be aware that attendance is critical to our ability to make effective use of our meeting time.
Meeting #1:  Thursday, March 16, 2017, 9:00 to 10:30 am
Meeting #2:  Thursday, April 20, 2017, 9:00 to 10:30 am
Meeting #3:  Thursday, May 18, 2017, 9:00 to 11:00 am

To serve on the Grant Committee, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before February 10, 2017; include your preferred contact email address and telephone number.

If you have questions, please feel free to email one of our Grant Committee Co-Chairs:

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SAVE THE DATE! Open House on February 2, 2016

Women United Open House

February 2, 2016, 5-7pm

C&O Restaurant, Charlottesville

Please join us on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, for this fun "get-to-know-us" gathering! Our FY15 Grant recipients, Big Brothers Big Sisters and ReadyKids, will discuss what they have accomplished over the last year with Women United funds. You'll learn more about our grant process and meet the Women United Steering Committee and Founders.

This event is open to the public. We encourage all our Members to bring friends and coworkers who want to learn more about collective giving in our community.  Appetizers will be provided, and a cash bar is available. 

RSVP to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by January 29, 2016.

Hatcher Consulting Engaged for Strategic Review

Cathy Train for webHappy New Year to all Women United Members,

In recognition of our 10th year, we celebrated by giving $60,000 in grants in November for a total of $372,825 year to date. Congratulations to you our members and donors!

Our ten-year anniversary presents a perfect time to pause and reflect on how to make the next 10 years as successful as the first. To that end, we have engaged Holly Hatcher, Hatcher Consulting, to facilitate this review and visioning exercise.

Over the next couple of months, Holly will:

  • Scan women’s giving circle models and best practices;
  • Conduct focus groups with founders, steering committee members and random groups of current, past, and potential members;
  • Ask you to complete a succinct and important anonymous survey;
  • Present findings and recommendations at a Women United Spring Event (TBD).

This is an important time for Women United. On behalf of the steering committee, thank you for your interest and participation.

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Cathy Train
United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area


2015 Grants Awarded

On November 5, 2015, Women United was thrilled to announce our 2015 Human Services Grant Award Recipients! This year we awarded two $25,000 grants to Charlottesville Works Initiative and Foothills Child Advocacy Center.  And, in honor of Women United's 10th anniversary, we awarded an additional $10,000 grant to City of Promise. 

Charlottesville Works:  $25,000 grant
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.

Foothills CAC: $25,000 grant
Foothills Child Advocacy Center will use their 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.

City of Promise: $10,000 grant
Charlottesville's City of Promise (CoP) will use their 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.


Including these grants, Women United has awarded $372,825 to local non-profits serving women and children in our area! All of this has been accomplished through Membership and Collective Giving.  For information on how you can be a part of our 2016 Membership visit our Membership page.

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