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Food for Thought

Join us for our first Food for Thought breakfast of the year as we celebrate women leading philanthropy and the importance of giving time, talent and treasure. This interactive panel conversation will feature prominent Midlands women including:
-Rita Bragg Caughman, Sojourner Caughman & Thomas, LLC (bottom right)
-Chakisse Newton, Cyberwoven (bottom left)
-Kela Thomas, USC Board of Visitors/SC Department of Probation & Parole (top right)

Thursday, September 15, 2016 | 7:30-9 AM
Senate's End | 300 Senate Street

$10 WIP Member Early Bird (register by September 11)
$15 Non-Member Early Bird (register by September 11)
$20 Regular/At Door (space permitting)

Click here to reserve your spot!
Fall for WIP on September 28!

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 28 from 5:30 to 7 PM as we officially kick off our new fiscal year at SOCO (1823 Gervais St. Suite 220)! Come learn more about our grantees, what financial stability means for our community and what each committee of WIP is up to. We will have free food and drinks. Both members and those looking to find out more about WIP are warmly welcome.

RSVP to:
Sarah Brennecke
WIP and Wine July 2016
It's not too late to make a difference for the kids at Family Shelter!

School is back in full swing, and we want to make sure every child has what they need to have a great school year! Think what a difference we could make if every WIP member donated one item!

Now-September 9: You can drop off your items at the shelter (2411 Two Notch Rd, Columbia, SC 29204) between 9 AM and 4 PM on weekdays or contact
Sarah Brennecke to pick up your items.

Click here for a list of needed clothing/shoes.

September 10: Volunteer from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM at Family Shelter "Clothing Shop" for the kids to come and pick out what they want from the items that get donated.
Click here to sign up!
BMW Drive for a Cause
Sowing Seeds into the Midlands
Sowing Seeds into the Midlands is an organization offering support programs to Midlands teens and their families when facing difficulties at home, school and in the community. In 2016, WIP granted Sowing Seeds $5,000 to support a mentoring program and life skills development program for youth who are in the juvenile justice system and who are on probation. The following is an update from our friends at Sowing Seeds about the progress they've made and how your WIP dollars have already helped the young people there:

"We are so fortunate to have been awarded one of the 2016 Women in Philanthropy grants. This grant has already provided us with the means to properly screen and train 10 mentors for Midlands youth and launch our Life Skills Development Program..."

Click here to read more and visit for more information about who WIP is and how WIP is impacting the community.