A New Year of Giving - Making Futures Bright
Our 2022/2023 goal of $155,000 was reached and exceeded thanks to the generous support of our WE members through time, talent, and treasure. As of our fiscal year end of 6/30/23, we exceeded our goal of funds raised by 28% for a total raised of $199,042, representing $110,459 in donations and stock gifts from WE members. Thank you to WE members who helped us realize $16,663 in matching donations, and to corporate donors, Ally Financial, Atrium Health, JP Morgan Chase, Brighthouse Financial, J McLaughlin, Pugh Capital, Wells Fargo, and Women Executives for their corporate donations equaling $71,850.
2021 marked 25 years of WINGS making a difference in non-traditional women's lives with the first of our graduates realizing their dream of a college education and degree in 1996. As first WINGS graduate, Teresa Shelton expressed, "I soar because I learned how to fly in the wake of those who believed in me when I had little belief in myself. I believe my life is very different because I was taught how to fly from the WINGS organization! Thank you!"
26 years of Impact - Empowering their Future
Since 1996, our united efforts have resulted in:
||30 Graduates, 6 Current Scholars
|University of North Carolina
|27 Graduates, 7 Current Scholars
|Central Piedmont Community
|20 Graduates, 5 Current Scholars
|Johnson C. Smith University
||21 Graduates, 5 Current Scholars
|Johnson & Wales University
||5 Graduates, 3 Current Scholars
$882,000 invested and countless volunteer hours dedicated to mentoring, committees, board roles, and scholar selection, events, and connections.
Amidst COVID-19, our scholars could still SOAR due to having the technology to sustain them, thanks to our Technology Enablement Program.
The cost of adding a scholar from a 4-year institution is approximately $13,000. The cost of adding a scholar from a 2-year institution is $3,800. Since 2018, funding 25 scholars has cost $106,267 annually with revenues from dividends, investment funds, and donations realizing $85,703.
Empowering Our Future Video Vignette
In this video vignette, you will learn how the WINGS Scholarship and Mentoring Program is truly a launching pad to our scholars to realize economic mobility, higher earnings, a circle of influence, and being an example as the first to earn a degree, yet not the last, as they have witnessed their pathway leading others in their family to higher education and opportunity.
Giving them WINGS! Helping Them SOAR!
"WINGS was a blessing to me full of personal development, enrichment, and opportunity. The program's financial, educational and emotional support came at a pivotal time."
- Cheryl Moore,
2022 Graduate, Johnson C. Smith University
Consider GIVING today!