Women In Philanthropy names Paula Thayer program director to energize its outreach

A United Way of the Midlands partner organization dedicated to women and children has enlisted new leadership to promote its efforts. Paula Thayer has been named new program director for Women in Philanthropy and will work to increase membership and awareness of group’s mission.

“I have long known the power of collaborative efforts in creating change in our world,” Thayer said.

Thayer specifically will focus on using funds provided by UWM and Central Carolina Community Foundation to offer grant opportunities toward causes to improve the lives of women and children in the Midlands. Women in Philanthropy began in 2002 by 16 women leaders dedicated to investing in the community through philanthropy. Since then, the organization has dedicated over $850,000 to their efforts.

“The United Way is a great example of collaboration among many agencies to meet the needs of people in the Midlands,” Thayer said. “I am honored to be a part of making a difference in the lives of women and children through Women in Philanthropy by ‘Living United.”

Thayer is no stranger to the nonprofit sector. In the past, she has served as executive assistant to the president and CEO of EdVenture Children’s Museum, and most recently worked as a major gifts manager with the American Red Cross, building support through donors and promoting the disaster relief organization’s goals.

“We are very excited to have Paula join our organization in the now full-time WIP coordinator position,” said Mac Bennett, President and CEO of United Way of the Midlands. “With her leadership, we will be able to grow WIP and have a greater impact in the community.”

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