CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A group of more than 400 women in the Charlotte area pooled their resources to award five grants totaling $409,000 to support the local community.
Members of the Women's Impact Fund, which is administered by the Foundation for the Carolinas, each commit to contributing $1,200 a year for five years.
Since its inception in 2003, the group, which is open to all women, has awarded a total of $1.8 million to boost education, the environment, health and human services and arts and culture in the Charlotte area.
North Carolina Dance Theater received $78,000 to fund a community-outreach dance program.
KIPP: Charlotte will use a $100,000 grant for its extended-day academic program.
American Forests, which received $82,000, will create an urban ecosystem analysis project.
Community Health Services received $60,000 for a physician-outreach program.
And United Family Services will use a grant of $89,000 for a program that provides legal representation to victims of domestic violence.