Power of the Purse

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Statehouse Convention Center, and Virtual

Luncheon History

An annual tradition since 1999, the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas’ Power of the Purse Luncheon recognizes the accomplishments of women in our state, celebrates the work of the organization, and raises money to continue making progress toward economic security for Arkansas women and girls.

Nominate an Honoree

Woman of the Year in Business:

The Women’s Foundation of Arkansas established the Woman of the Year in Business award to recognize a woman in Arkansas who has shaped the success of her organization/business and demonstrated leadership, professional achievement and contributed not only to her workplace, but also her community. This award is designed to honor and preserve the names and exemplary accomplishments of women business leaders in Arkansas. Nominees are welcomed from across the state.

Nominate a Woman of the Year in Business

Woman of the Year in Philanthropy:

The WFA established the Woman of the Year in Philanthropy award to recognize a woman in Arkansas who is committed to empowering and inspiring women and girls in our state through her generosity, volunteerism, and change-making in her community. This award is designed to honor and preserve the names and exemplary dedication of women philanthropists in Arkansas. Nominees are welcomed from across the state.

Brownie Ledbetter Civic Engagement Award:

The Brownie Ledbetter Civic Engagement Award honors the life and work of one of WFA’s Founders, Mary Brown (Brownie) Williams Ledbetter. This is not an annual award, but one which will be given only when that special woman distinguishes herself above all others within the state through her exemplary participation in the building and strengthening of her community. Brownie’s is not an easy example to follow, but the Foundation will be proud to recognize – in years to come – those women who display her values and dedication in their approach to community building. Nominees will be evaluated on their lifetime of service, and are welcomed from across the state.

About the Foundation

Since our founding in 1998, the WFA’s guiding principles have been consistent – to understand the diverse needs and realities facing women and girls so we can respond through purposeful action and engaged philanthropy.

Our mission focuses on ensuring economic security for Arkansas women and girls through focused philanthropic investment in their education and economic well-being. Through grant making, research, and our Girls of Promise and Women Empowered initiatives, the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas is investing in real solutions that allow women and girls to move up the economic ladder and reach their fullest potential.

The Women’s Foundation of Arkansas (WFA) is the only statewide foundation that focuses solely on women and girls in Arkansas.