A unique new volunteer-led initiative has been formed to enable women, and men, to combine charitable donations and provide significant grants focused on the critical needs of women, children and families living in the greater High Point community, including Archdale, Trinity, Thomasville and Jamestown.

The group, Women in Motion of High Point, is the result of a partnership between The L. Paul Brayton Family and the High Point Community Foundation to establish an endowment fund for the women’s initiative in honor of Paul Brayton’s late wife Gwendolyn Kay Brayton.

Women in Motion of High Point will be officially introduced by its founding members and leadership Wednesday, August 30, at the home of Ms. Martha Yarborough, 1717 W. Lexington Ave., High Point. The media is invited.

The goal is to help women and girls take the next step toward personal, economic, and professional success in life, based on a vision of community empowerment.

“By supporting philanthropic activity and leveraging community collaboration, we envision a community where women and girls are wholly supported with knowledge and resources to nurture their growth,” says Dr. Virginia McDermott, Interim Dean, The Nido R. Qubein School of Communication at High Point University. “We want to encourage a diverse group of people in the community to get involved and join together to help women and girls achieve their full potential.”

The group’s collective giving process is simple.

Anyone can be a donor and any amount is appreciated. Through year-end, 2017, the community is encouraged to donate to help match a challenge gift of $250,000 to grow the endowment for grant making. A donor can designate a gift in honor of a special woman or in remembrance of a woman who was important in their life. All who contribute will be recognized as a “founding donor.”

Starting in 2018 supporters (women and men) are invited to become members of Women in Motion and will have an opportunity to vote on how to distribute annual grants in the future.

Critical community issues will be researched along with local nonprofits addressing selected issues to create a ballot of possible grants for supporters to consider. This process will include a thorough review of nonprofits’ goals, financials, leadership, sustainability, and measurable results.

Women in Motion of High Point is committed to building a large community of educated, strategic givers who are inspired to make lasting change in our community through the impact of collective giving.

Supporters are invited to become a member of Women in Motion. For information, contact Sherri Scott at the High Point Community Foundation, 336-882-3298, sherri@hpcommunityfoundation.org or visit WomenInMotionHP.org

About The L. Paul Brayton Family—

Paul Brayton has long been considered one the industry’s innovators and promoter of design driven contract furniture. He formed his own company, L. Paul Brayton Ltd., in High Point in 1971 and initially manufactured planters and accessories. One of his more famous installations took place at the Nixon White House and he also had his planters used by the City of High Point. In 1973 Paul founded Brayton International to manufacture high-end design-driven contract furniture.

Gwendolyn (Gwen) Brayton was a devoted wife and mother who had a keen artistic eye and played an important supportive role in the establishment of the family business. She and Paul met in 1961, they were married for 36 years, raised five children, built a remarkable business together and, as Paul liked to say, she was the “wind beneath my wings.”

Tragically, Gwen died from brain cancer in 1997. The Women In Motion fund was created to support her core family values to the community at large.

About the High Point Community Foundation—

The High Point Community Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to strengthening a diverse, healthy and productive community for both present and future generations. It promotes philanthropy, builds and maintains a permanent collection of endowment funds and serves as a trustworthy partner and leader in responding to community needs.

Founded in 1990 with a dedication to serving donor interests, the Foundation focuses on strengthening the community by providing services and nurturing leadership among donors and nonprofit organizations. Since 1998 the Foundation has granted over $43,500,000 to non-profit organizations, schools and municipalities in the Greater High Point area, the United States and the world.

Founding members of women Women in Motion of High Point and our current Leadership Team are, left to right, Martha Yarborough, Alyce Hill, Katherine Covington, Sherri Scott, Lisa Brayton, Nikki Lee, Lisa Poplin, and Ginny McDermott.