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2016 Power of the Purse®

Lauren Bush Lauren, keynote speaker of Power of the Purse LuncheonJoin The Women's Fund for the 18th annual Power of the Purse® Luncheon on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at the Nashville Music City Center in downtown Nashville. We have more than 100 silent auction items including purses designed by Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Ceri Hoover, Brooks Brothers, Tory Burch, and jewelry by Cindi Earl, Kendra Scott, plus a three night stay at Loews Don CeSar in St. Pete Beach, FL. 

The Power of the Purse® Luncheon will feature keynote speaker LAUREN BUSH LAUREN, founder and CEO of FEED Projects, a company with the simple mission of creating good products that help FEED the world. Over the past five years, FEED has donated over $6 million and has been able to provide nearly 60 million meals globally through the UN World Food Programme. FEED has also supported nutrition programs around the world.


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Power of the Purse Invitation

The Women’s Fund is dedicated to increasing support in Middle Tennessee for programs serving women and girls. The Women’s Fund was established within The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee in 1994 by a committee of community leaders who wanted to invest in long-term solutions for transforming the lives of women and girls, improving the well-being of our entire community.

The Women's Fund awards grant funding to programs addressing:

• Achievement of economic self-sufficiency for women
• Prevention of violence and crime against women and girls
• Promotion of health and physical well-being and talent for women and girls

Learn More About The Women's Fund:

A Permanent Endowment

The Women’s Fund is working to become Middle Tennessee’s leading resource for identifying and supporting the needs of women and girls. As the only endowed fund of this kind, by building our capital to $10 million we can affect powerful social change within our constituencies.

Through our endowment within The Community Foundation, the interest generated from the Fund is given annually to provide support to programs dedicated to helping women and girls in our community. As the principal grows, so does our ability to meet crucial needs and effect social change.

At $10 million, our ability to address current needs in our community will increase almost fivefold to $500,000 annually, enabling The Women’s Fund to not only address immediate needs, but also to address the root cause of the needs – to help craft solutions and effect social change. Growing the endowment enables us to shift from intervention to prevention, from temporary to permanent, and from short-term to transformative. Unmet needs will be met. Women’s lives will be transformed.

Building Endowment

We are building on a solid foundation – more than 15 years of providing the vehicle for women-led change in the lives of women and girls and, as a result, their families and community. The Women’s Fund has been a catalyst, identifying challenges, marshaling resources and pursuing opportunities, and has granted more than $614,000 to over 70 area nonprofits in Middle Tennessee.

We have come so far, and yet we have only just begun to meet the tremendous challenges that lie ahead for women and girls in Middle Tennessee. To connect more individuals and families with resources that bring health, hope, education and enrichment, The Women’s Fund seeks to grow its endowment and grantmaking abilities.

We have the opportunity to focus on women-led solutions by providing leadership and stewardship in identifying the needs and supporting solutions. Together, we can unite money, ideas and actions to create lasting change for women and girls, their families and our community.

To learn about opportunities to contribute toward our endowment building goal, contact us at 615-321-4939.

The Women’s Fund of The Community Foundation is For Women … For Generations.

Thanks to its generous supporters and volunteers, The Women's Fund has made grants of more than $1,000,000 to nonprofit organizations providing a range of services to support women and girls throughout Middle Tennessee.

The Women’s Fund is committed to continue growing our endowment and grantmaking capability for the benefit of countless women and girls throughout Middle Tennessee.

2015 The Women’s Fund Grant Recipients

34 Grants for a total of $134,895

Actors Bridge Ensemble Theater of Nashville Inc.
Avalon Center
Bridges of Williamson County
Cannon County Services and Violence Education/SAVE
Center of Hope
Community Homeless Outreach & Support/The Brooks House
Connect Us Outreach Ministry
Council on Aging of Greater Nashville

Domestic Violence Program Inc.
End Slavery Tennessee
Families in Crisis Inc.
Friends in General
Friendship House
Girls on the Run Nashville
Haven of Hope
Maury Regional Healthcare Foundation
Mending Hearts Inc.
Nashville Diaper Connection
Nurses for Newborns of Tennessee
Refuge Center for Counseling
Rejoice Ministries
Renewal House
Rest Stop Ministries, Inc.
Sexual Assault Center
Southeast Community Capital Corp.
Starlings Nashville
Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence
Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition
Tennessee Women's Theater Project
The Mary Parrish Center
The New Beginnings Center
The Next Door
Women Are Safe
YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee

The Women’s Fund Advisory Board is comprised of community leaders who believe deeply in ensuring that the needs of women and girls in Middle Tennessee are met both today and tomorrow. Our Advisory Board members are a diverse group of women with a common passion for our community and the desire to improve the lives of all of its women and children.

Our 2015-2016 Board Members

Rita Mitchell, Chair
Elizabeth Akers
Grace Awh
Meera Ballal
Jean Ann Banker
Louise Bryan
Holly Coltea
Brenda Corbin
Beth Courtney
Anne Davis
Leslie DiPiero
Missy Eason
Beth Fortune
Appy Frenchman
Mary Gambill
Stacey Garrett
Ellen Green
Estie Harris
Phyllis Hildreth
Collins Hooper
Susan Short Jones
Beverly Keel
Ann Kloeppel
Coco Kyriopoulos
Ellen Lehman
Jody Mattison
Keith Meacham
Julia Morris
Caroline Mullen
Barbara Keith Payne
Mary Jo Shankle
Cassie Sturdivant
Laura Turner
Mandy Young
Nancy Zoretic