August Newsletter

Dear Donor,

The Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge (WFBR), one of the largest collective giving organizations in the High Country, is excited to launch the 2018, 100 Men Campaign!  We are looking for 100 men to make a donation to the WFBR.

Since its inception, the WFBR has granted over $1.4 million, acting as a philanthropic catalyst in our community. Donations are pooled to make large and impactful contributions to local non-profits.

The money raised during this campaign will be critical in supporting women and their families in the High Country.  As the needs in our community grow, the WFBR works to meet them.

In 2017, the WFBR granted over $100,000 21 local nonprofit organizations. We are currently positioned to provide the same amount of support in 2018,but hope that with your help, we can make an even greater impact in years to come.

The list of donors and honorees will be recognized on our website, in our 100 Men social media campaign, and in the programs of upcoming events.

Our efforts would not be possible without the generous support of individuals like you. The board and staff of the WFBR appreciate your consideration.


Danielle Thuot

Executive Director



Board Member Spotlight

 Jan Rienerth

  1. How are you involved with the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge?
    I’m currently involved in the Women’s Fund as Chair of the Board. This is my third year serving in that role.
  2. What motivates you to volunteer and donate to the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge?
    I feel that volunteering is an important aspect of my concept of “giving back.” As a trained sociologist and academic, I have not only taught about social issues but have looked for ways to be involved in my community. Specifically, the Women’s Fund is able to impact issues in the High Country through its foundation in “collective giving.” By pooling our resources, we are able to make a greater positive impact on women and their families.
  3. Who is someone who inspires you?
    It’s difficult to narrow down who has inspired me because I have found inspiration from many people in many areas. As a “woman of a certain age” I found support from the women who “broke the rules,” and succeeded in careers traditionally not open to women. I have admired a number of my students, who have experienced personal and family setbacks, yet picked themselves up and moved forward. I admire the women I have met through the Women’s Fund, who seek social justice and work to improve the lives of women and families in the High Country.
  4. What are you currently reading?
    Currently, I’m reading books on a wide variety of subjects. Two of them are: C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity and Andrea Kane,  Twisted.