The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee established The Women’s Fund in 1994 to support programs promoting the health, well-being, safety, and economic self-sufficiency of women and girls. Our Founder Ruth Ann Harnisch was among the first to serve on its advisory board, and helped to create The Power of the Purse luncheon. Featuring powerful women keynoters and highlighting the work of grantees, Power of the Purse has become group’s signature fundraising event.
In addition to grantmaking, The Women’s Fund educates, encourages, and empowers women as philanthropists. Ruth Ann has been honored by the Fund for her leadership and pledge of a million dollar gift to the Fund’s endowment. Because of that gift, The Women’s Fund became a member of the Women’s Funding Network, bringing new opportunities for learning best practices and working collectively with other like-minded donor organizations.