Women's Philanthropy: Leading Community and Inspiring Change
Women philanthropists are the change-makers and community-shapers of the world. We are sisters and daughters, mothers and friends, compassionate and committed women at every stage of life and career.

Inspired and guided by our tradition of tzedakah (righteousness/charity) and tikkun olam (repairing the world), the Jewish Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy is dedicated to the continuity, connectivity and thriving future of our Charlotte Jewish community, Israel and the Jewish people.

Women’s Philanthropy is about more than just the Annual Campaign. It’s about knowing and understanding deeply the breadth of issues facing our community and rolling up our sleeves to help. It’s about educating, inspiring, and empowering women of all ages in our community. It’s about nurturing leadership and fostering a commitment to philanthropy. It’s about having an impact.

Affinity Groups


LION OF JUDAH | $5,000+


The Lion of Judah is a symbol of a Jewish woman’s strength, her dedication to the Jewish world, and her financial commitment of a minimum annual gift of $5,000 to the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte's Annual Campaign.
The Lion of Judah pin, worn with pride by thousands of women worldwide, is one of the most recognized and distinguished symbols of shared commitment to the strength and vitality of the Jewish people.




According to the Midrash, each pomegranate contains 613 seeds, one for each of the commandments found in the Torah, and was therefore chosen as a symbol for Jewish life and commitment. The Pomegranate Society recognizes a woman's gift of $1,800 or more to the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte's Annual Campaign.





Pearl Society members are women who celebrate their commitment to philanthropy and our community by making a gift of $180 or more to the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte's Annual Campaign. Pearl Society members are recognized with a unique pearl necklace. As a woman’s gift grows, her commitment can be distinguished with the addition of colored pearl charms.


A legacy gift to the Jewish Federation will extend a helping hand to your children, your grandchildren and future generates of Jews by strengthening the Jewish Federation's ability to perpetually support those services and organizations, values and traditions so crucial to Jewish life.

Lion of Judah Endowment (LOJE)

The Lion of Judah Endowment (LOJE) is the endowment component of the Lion of Judah donation. Establishing a LOJE allows our lions to continue to contribute to what is most important to them throughout their lifetime, as well as into the future, by establishing a fund of $100,000 or more.

Pomegranate Society Endowment (POME)

Establishing a Pomegranate Endowment (POME) through the Federation system allows a woman currently making a gift of $1,800 or more to endow her Federation Annual Campaign gift in perpetuity.

Women's Philanthropy Leadership
Lynne Sheffer, Lion of Judah Co-Chair
Kara Culp, Pomegranate Society Co-Chairs

Women's Philanthropy Planning Committee
Meredith Baumstein, Melanie Brown, Chelsea Lawson, Cheryl Newman, Amy Novick, Karen Spiegler, Ashley Almon, Michelle Levy, Melissa Raphael 


To learn more about women's philanthropy, contact Elina Mazo at 704.944.6751.