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 has become "the place to be" 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 16th annual Power of the Purse Little Rock luncheon will take place on Friday, October 3, 2014, in the Wally Allen Ballroom at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.
The 2014 honoree for the Woman of the Year in Philanthropy is Catherine Hughes, a founding member of the Women's Foundation of Arkansas and active philanthropist.
WFA will, for the first time, honor a women's organization at the luncheon. The Little Rock Chapter of the Links, Inc. is a nonprofit organization of concerned, committed, and talented women who, linked in friendship, enhance the quality of life in the larger community. The organization is concerned primarily with enriching, sustaining, and ensuring the identities, culture, and economic survival of African-Americans and persons of African descent. It is actively involved with the Arkansas Rice Depot and Heifer International and provide support to the Historical Black Colleges and Universities in Central Arkansas.
Sharon Orlopp, Global Chief Diversity Officer and a Senior Vice President at Walmart, will present the keynote address.
Power of the Purse in Northwest Arkansas
WFA's 3rd annual Power of the Purse Northwest Arkansas luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m.on Monday, March 9, 2015, 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 Friday, September 26.