Women in Motion of High Point
The L. Paul Brayton Family partnered with the High Point Community Foundation in winter of 2015 to establish a women’s initiative fund to benefit women in the community of High Point, NC, in honor of Paul Brayton’s late wife Gwendolyn Kay Brayton.
Gwen Brayton moved with her family from the midwest to High Point, NC in 1968, following her husband’s pursuit of a career opportunity. Together, the two founded Brayton International and flourished in the community of High Point.
Gwen first became a mother in her teenage years and had three more children by the time she was 24. She had a fifth child years later and spent several decades as a stay-at-home mother. She loved, nurtured and guided her children while her own dreams and aspirations were postponed. She always encouraged education, financial independence, and following dreams. Often her own needs were cast to the side while she cared for others. This is the story common to women who care for others in the midst of their personal and professional lives.
When her children were grown Gwen began working more in the family textile and furniture business where she showed talent in design and fabric selection.
Tragically, Gwen died of a glioblastoma in July 1997. She, like many women, loved her family, her children, and the greater community that her family grew to call home. She lived here, loved here, faced joys, illness, and sorrows here.
This Women’s Initiative gift is given in her honor by her family to benefit women in the High Point community through educational opportunity, advocacy, and grants.
I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.
—Mary Louise Alcott
HOW THE FUND WORKS
Women in Motion of High Point is a volunteer-led initiative that enables women to combine our charitable donations and provides significant grants focused on the critical needs of women, children and families living in the greater High Point community.
WE IDENTIFY critical community issues to be researched.
WE RESEARCH local nonprofits addressing selected issues and create a ballot of possible grants for supporters to consider. The research process includes a thorough review of nonprofits’ goals, financials, leadership, sustainability, and measurable results.
WE VOTE on how to distribute the collective funds.
WE CELEBRATE the announcement of recipients at our presentation of grants event.
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.
Any time women come together with a collective intention, it’s a powerful thing. Whether it’s sitting down making a quilt, in a kitchen preparing a meal, in a club reading the same book, or around the table playing cards, or planning a birthday party, when women come together with a collective intention, magic happens.
WHY A WOMEN’S FUND IN HIGH POINT?
Locally, nationally and worldwide, women are disproportionately represented among the uneducated; the poorest of the poor; and those who are physically, sexually and emotionally abused. Without a focused intentional effort on addressing the issues that impact them, this population will continue to remain underserved and disenfranchised. We believe that the full participation of women is the key to a strong, equitable, and sustainable community.
LACK OF CHILDCARE
Health is an important component of women’s overall well being that contributes to their economic stability, educational attainment, and employment opportunities. The proportion of women aged 18-64 without some form of health insurance coverage in Guilford County is similar to the state and nation. One in five (19%) do not have any form of health coverage.
ACCESS TO FULL TIME EMPLOYMENT
Instead of looking at the past, I put myself ahead twenty years and try to look at what I need to do now in order to get there then.
WHO ARE OUR MEMBERS
Our members are women (and men) from a variety of ages, backgrounds, and interests who are united by the desire to be more involved in philanthropy – or simply giving – than just writing a check. Our members enjoy being part of an inclusive and vibrant giving circle dedicated to improving the lives and opportunities of women in the greater High Point community!
Our members are:
Finding their philanthropic voices and inspiring others to do so
Learning about the power of ‘giving with a purpose’
Engaging in accessible philanthropy
Working together and making a difference in our community
Sharing values and being champions for other women
Acknowledging that stronger, supported families and communities benefits everyone
If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.