In 1998, the Women's Foundation of Arkansas's grant-making fund was launched at a luncheon honoring Arkansas Business Publishing Group's Top 100 Women (Read more). WFA held its first Power of the Purse Luncheon in 1999 to announce the grants made possible with the generous gifts of its founders. WFA now holds this signature fundraising event each fall to honor accomplished women, announce the year's grant recipients, and highlight WFA's programs.

For 16 years WFA has sustained the idea that improving the lives of women and girls in Arkansas ultimately improves the health and wealth of our families and communities as a whole.  

The signature luncheon is a much anticipated event for professional women, community leaders, active philanthropists, aspiring women and a growing number of men from across the state who see participating in the luncheon as a way to help WFA pool charitable dollars, showing how one donor's small purse can create a big impact through everlasting change in communities across Arkansas.

Power of the Purse in Little Rock
WFA's 17th annual Power of the Purse Little Rock luncheon will take place on Wednesday, September 30, in the Little Rock Marriott Ballroom in Little Rock, Arkansas. 

The 2015 honoree for the Woman of the Year in Philanthropy is Denise Garner, President and founder of Feed Communities - among MANY other philanthropic activities!

Stay tuned!  We will be announcing our keynote speaker VERY soon!

Tickets are $100 for individuals and $1,000 for a table for 10 guests. To make reservations, click here.

Power of the Purse in Northwest Arkansas
WFA's 4th annual Power of the Purse Northwest Arkansas luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m.on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center in Rogers, Arkansas. Each year the Foundation honors a Woman Business Leader of the Year, who is nominated by the public. To download a nomination form, click here. Nominations must be submitted by May 1, 2016.    Our Honoree will be announced May 15.   
WFA's "A Celebration of Women" coffee-table book provides a forum to publicly honor those who have made contributions to the advancement of women and, in particular, women's philanthropy. The book includes an opportunity for individuals or groups to say thank you to the women who have influence them and our community. To browse through the book, click here.
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