More than 900 people attended the 2011 Power of the Purse event. Photo courtesy of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina website.

Shared by The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, shared Sept. 2 via their e-newsletter and website:

Gloria Steinem. Photo courtesy of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina website.

Writer, lecturer, editor and feminist activist Gloria Steinem will give the keynote address at The Community Foundation’s 2012 Power of the Purse luncheon on May 21. The event celebrates the power of women’s philanthropy in Western North Carolina.

A devoted activist and writer, Gloria Steinem is undeniably one of the most important voices of the modern feminist movement. Steinem’s name is synonymous with the advancement of women’s social equality in America and throughout the world.

Perhaps best known as the co-founder and editor of “Ms. Magazine,” she also co-founded the Ms. Foundation for Women, convened the historic 1971 Women’s Political Caucus and founded the Coalition of Labor Union Women. Her books include “Revolution from Within”, “Moving Beyond Words” and “Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions”.

Registration for Power of the Purse will begin in early 2012. Advance registration is required. Proceeds benefit The Women’s Fund, a permanent endowment of The Community Foundation that supports the unmet needs of women and girls across the region.

Information about this past spring’s event, also from The Community Foundation’s website:

Philanthropist and community leader Jennifer Buffett was the featured speaker for the 2011 Power of the Purse luncheon on Monday, May 23, in Asheville. Buffett is co-chair and president of the NoVo Foundation, a philanthropic organization focused on created a more just and balanced world based on cooperation and compassion, primarily through the empowerment of girls and women…

A challenge grant from the Oliver Family Foundation enabled Power of the Purse to raise an additional $50,000 for the Foundation’s Women’s Fund, bringing the endowment to more than $500,000.

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Kathleen O'Nan is a contributing reporter to Carolina Public Press.

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