August 28, 2014


Scholarship program for abuse survivors now a nonprofit

WILMINGTON, N.C. - The Women's Independence Scholarship Program, Inc., which the mission of reducing the effects of domestic violence by offering access to higher education, began operating as a separate 501(c)3 nonprofit organization on July 1.

Known as WISP, the program began as part of The Sunshine Lady Foundation in 1999 and has provided over $16 million in scholarships to more than 2,000 women survivors of intimate partner abuse.

Doris Buffett, founder and president of The Sunshine Lady Foundation, announced in December 2007 her intention to endow WISP as an independent nonprofit.

The foundation also operates the Counselor, Advocate and Support Staff scholarship, which helps workers in the field of domestic violence get skills to be more effective for clients.

Buffett is the sister of investor Warren Buffett and shares his commitment to philanthropy.


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