CHS Awarded 2016 Women’s Impact Fund Grant

Children’s Home Society of North Carolina has received $100,000 from the Women’s Impact Fund for its Wise Guys Male Responsibility program in Mecklenburg County. The award was announced at the annual meeting of the Women’s Impact Fund on May 11 at the Foundation for the Carolinas. A total of $437,000 was awarded to five local non-profits in the areas of Arts and Culture, Education, Health, Human Services, and Environment.

The organization’s grant committee reviewed the more than 117 entries received last fall in a competitive application process, and then evaluated the grant recipients in an extensive process to narrow it down to finalists. The five grant recipients were selected from the finalists through a ballot voting process by the full membership.

Wise Guys is a nationally recognized and evaluated male responsibility program taught to boys ages 11-17 in schools and community-based sites.  Wise Guys promotes healthy concepts of masculinity and responsible behavior while educating young men about wise choices regarding sexual relations.

“We are so pleased with this award from Women’s Impact Fund that will support our work with teen males in Mecklenburg County.  It is clear that their members take these funding choices very seriously, and being chosen by a vote of their membership is a real honor,” said Brian Maness, President & CEO of Children’s Home Society.

“We are thrilled the Children’s Home Society was selected as this year’s Health grant recipient.  The work of the Wise Guys Male Responsibility Program is very important to the health and success of the Charlotte community.  We are honored to support the efforts with a grant of $100,000 to continue this programming for young men in Charlotte,” said Mary Gallivan, Board Chair of the Women’s Impact Fund.

About the Women’s Impact Fund

Since 2003, the Women’s Impact Fund has amplified the significant role women play in philanthropy. Its mission is to maximize women’s leadership in philanthropy by engaging and educating members, increasing charitable contributions and strengthening communities through the impact of collective giving. With over 400 members, the organization has emerged as one of the largest women’s collective giving groups in the country and continues to create powerful change in Mecklenburg County. To date, the Women’s Impact Fund has made 59 grants totaling more than $4.6 million. For more information, visit