The Female/BIPOC-led foundation finalizes its ‘Founding Five’
New Orleans, LA – January 18, 2022
Southern-based non-profit Women’s Foundation of the South rounded out its founding member panel by welcoming veteran fundraising expert Erin McQuade-Wright, CFRE, CAP® as Founding Philanthropic Advisor.
The Women’s Foundation of the South (WFS) is revolutionary because it is the first-ever foundation dedicated to WGOC across 13 states, guided by grantmaking experts of color. WFS centers and invests in the collective power, health, well-being, economic security, and leadership of womxn and girls of color in the South. WFS is writing the next chapter for WGOC in the South by building an endowed institution that is founded on the principle that solutions are often held by those closest to the problem.
About Erin McQuade-Wright
Founding Philanthropic Advisor Erin McQuade-Wright, CFRE, CAP® is an expert in charitable giving, multi-generational family legacies and gifts of illiquid assets. As principal of McQuade-Wright Solutions, Erin has raised more than $180 million, working with institutions, individual donors and their advisors to create meaningful charitable gifts for their highest impact. She helped create a $20 million legacy for a client, holds a 21/64 Certified Advisor credential, and raised nearly $2 million for WFS in the inaugural year alone, including the Foundation’s first endowment gifts. She is known for her extraordinary accountability, service and commitment to making a difference with exceptional cross-disciplinary expertise in taxation, finance, fundraising, planning, family dynamics and psychology and strategic philanthropy. Erin will shape and execute short-term, near-term and perpetual resource strategies for the Women’s Foundation of the South. She holds a BA in Communications from Eastern University and MS in Nonprofit/NGO Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.
Noting the importance of investing in female BIPOC charities, President & CEO Carmen James Randolph said, “It’s time to write the next chapter for womxn and girls of color in the South and the Women’s Foundation of the South stands ready to lead the way.”
WFS is a 501(c)3 organization for women and girls of color in the South, and led by the same, founded on the principle that solutions are often held by those closest to the problem. WFS raises funds for active programs, services, and resources for women and girls of color and their families to stimulate building health, wealth, and power, and will serve women of color in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
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