Women's Leadership Council
The Women's Leadership Council (WLC) is a leadership giving network engaging a diverse group of philanthropic women.
Nationally, United Way Women's Leadership Council was founded in 2001 based on an ambitious local model started in Greensboro, North Carolina four years earlier. Under the visionary leadership of Bonnie McElveen Hunter, later U.S. Ambassador to Finland, the concept recognized women as an emerging and powerful philanthropic force.
With more members giving more money than any other similar women's group, on the national level United Way's Women's Leadership Council's membership is 50,000 members strong and has raised more than $830 million since inception and has set a target to raise $1 billion by the time all of the totals are added for 2012 giving.
The vision of United Way's Women's Leadership Council is to be "the most recognized, esteemed, and flourishing network of its kind to maximize the contribution of women to the Council and their communities - locally, nationally and globally."
United Way of Greater Kansas City is the proud home of the 126th WLC chapter.
United Way of Greater Kansas City WLC Facts at a Glance
* Founded in 2009; membership in year one reached 155 and has since grown to more than 450 members.
* Per a membership vote in February 2011, the current WLC membership selected EDUCATION as the membership's primary focus through volunteer engagement and 1:1 involvement with youth in our community.
* Annual membership contribution is $2,400 click here to join; a three-year step-up program is also available for $1,600 (year 1); $2,000 (year 2); $2,400 (year 3) and requires a 3-year commitment to the group. Click here to join.
* Membership will be convened at least quarterly for a volunteer engagement event
* Members are encouraged to join committees for direct involvement in the planning and execution of WLC events and volunteer opportunities. Click here for more information.