Women’s Foundation of Arkansas raises over $300,000 at Power of Purse

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The Women’s Foundation of Arkansas (WFA) held its 25th annual Power of the Purse event at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock last week.

During the event, the WFA raised $301,275 in funding to support its mission of empowering the economic mobility of Arkansas women and girls.

Presented by Arkansas Children’s, this year’s event celebrated the organization’s 25 years of generational impact for women and girls in Arkansas and the Top 100 Women of Impact in Arkansas list. Building on the legacy of the original Top 100 Women in Arkansas, the 2023 list honored women of various industries, ages and communities across the state who are changemakers and leaders in their fields.

“We are thankful for our dedicated donors and sponsors who made our 25th annual Power of the Purse a tremendous success, far exceeding our goals,” said Anna Beth Gorman, CEO of the WFA. “This year’s event not only celebrates our past achievements but also fuels our impactful work for the next 25 years. The work of the WFA has just begun. To every woman in the state: you’re a vital part of our history and future. Now is the time to step up, engage and help further our mission to create an equitable future for generations of Arkansas women and girls.”

Major event sponsors include: Arkansas Children’s, MHP/Team SI, Acxiom, Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield, Entergy Arkansas, Southwest Airlines, and Little Rock Soirée.

Following the Power of the Purse event, the WFA hosted a Women of Impact Celebration Luncheon on Sept. 28 at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion. Olivia Walton, lead sponsor of the WFA’s 25th anniversary, served as keynote speaker, joining Gorman on stage for a fireside chat about women’s issues in Arkansas, including maternal health in the state.

For 25 years, the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas (WFA) has been the leading statewide foundation to focus solely on the economic mobility and security of women and girls in Arkansas through collaboration and focused philanthropic investment.