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 and girls 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 and girls 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


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.

The concept is simple. Each year:

WOMEN JOIN as individual members for $100 (all donations in excess of the membership fee are allocated to the endowment).

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.

—Phylicia Rashad


Locally, nationally and worldwide, women and girls 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 and girls is the key to a strong, equitable, and sustainable community.


Women in Guilford County have lower median earnings than men. In 2008-2010, women’s median annual earnings for full-time, year-round work $35,525 compared with $41,929 for men, meaning that women earned only 78 cents for every dollar earned by a man.


The lack of affordable childcare is a major burden on families. Women may decide to interrupt their participation in the labor market, reducing their earning potential and undermining their ability to provide for their families, save for retirement, or prepare for emergencies. Alternatively, women who are required to work but have limited resources may have to place their children in low-quality or unreliable care. In North Carolina, the average annual fees for full-time child care range from $6,227 (for a 4 year old in a family child-care home) to $9,185 for an infant in a childcare center.


Health is an important component of women’s and girls’ 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.


71% of women in Guilford County work full time, while 21% of working women work part time (compared with 17% of employed men). The reasons for women’s higher rates of part time work vary. 20% say that child care or family related care is the reason. Women are more likely than men to work in sectors and occupations where jobs are only available on a part time basis. While part time work may allow for flexibility, it provides less access to paid leave, health care and employer supported benefits.
Facts taken from The Status of Women in Guilford County, NC as determined by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

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.

—Diana Ross


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 and girls in the greater High Point community!

Our members are:

From all ages, backgrounds, interests, and heritage

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

Philanthropy (definition)-

Philanthropy is different from charity. Charity has a short-term goal to relieve the pain of a particular social problem. Philanthropy involves more long-term and strategic attempts to address the root cause of the problem. The difference between the proverbial gift of a fish to a hungry person verses teaching them how to fish.

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.

—Dolly Parton


Women in Motion of High Point
is an initiative of the
High Point Community Foundation.

PO Box 5166
High Point, North Carolina 27262
501 North Main Street Suite 2A
High Point, North Carolina 27260


Phone: 336-882-3298
Fax: 336-882-3293