Founded in 1984 by the successful professional women of the Women’s Professional Forum, the WPF Foundation is dedicated to creating opportunities for women and girls to achieve their leadership and professional dreams. WPF members automatically become WPF Foundation members. They have provided the direction and support for the powerful grant-making program to empower women and girls in Guilford County.

In the last dozen years, the Foundation has made significant community grants of more than $100,000. Additionally, through the Margaret Anne “Peggy” Wilkes scholarship and senior awards established in 2000, two UNCG fashion/textile students are awarded scholarships every year.

WPF Foundation grants support a wide range of women – from those who serve children and families in our community, to those who have the passion for an entrepreneurial venture, to those who want to effectively serve in civic or elected leadership positions.   Congratulations to the WPF Foundation’s 2016 grant recipients. Apply for a 2017 grant.

Several years ago, the Foundation took a giant step forward to make an even bigger impact for girls and women in Guilford County. The concept which began as the Girls’ Leadership Initiative has developed into WPFF Girls Leadership EdgeSM.

WPF Foundation Board

President, Kathi Dubel
Vice President, Kate Panzer
Secretary, Jane Hewitt
Treasurer, Robin Hager
Past President & Chair Nominating Committee, Judy Piper
Chair, Grants Committee, Laura Burton

Directors at Large

Lisa Cooke
Sandy Doyle-Jones
Jeanie Duncan
Kelly Gomez
Anne Marie Gundlach
Sue Kennedy
Sherry McKinney
Anne Smith
Barbara Stewart
Ernestine Taylor

The WPF Foundation is a IRS Section 501(c)3 organization and can accept tax deductible charitable gifts in the form of cash, stock, life insurance, life income gifts, and as a bequest from a will. Please consult your tax accountant, attorney or financial planner for information concerning your specific situation.