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#52tuesdays: ANSWER Scholarship

Written by Addie Rising    on May 2, 2017    in
The idea for the ANSWER Scholarship began more than a decade ago in 2006. Founder and Executive Director Susan Andersen was able to put herself through college, in part, because of a four-year partial scholarship that she received from a Charlotte-based organization. Extremely grateful, she vowed to give back one day to the community that believed in her.

ANSWER has funded 83 scholarships to 44 women since its beginning. Thanks to gifts from individuals, organizations, and houses of worship, more women are thriving personally and economically. ANSWER has helped remarkable mothers in the Charlotte region earn college degrees and become strong and self-sufficient. Their children are inspired to follow their moms’ example and work harder in school.

This month, three ANSWER moms will graduate, two from Winthrop University on May 6 and one from Belmont Abbey on May 13. 

ANSWER participated in last fall’s #GivingTuesdayCLT for the first time and the funds raised during #GivingTuesdayCLT will be used in two ways: they will help provide scholarships for local moms to go to college and they’ll also help support the Mentors for Mom program. 

The scholars and mentors meet together each month as a group. They share experiences and support each other.  Sometimes ANSWER brings in expert speakers on topics like financial planning and professional development.  #GivingTuesdayCLT funds will help pay for essentials such as meeting space for these monthly gatherings.

“#GivingTuesdayCLT helped us reach current donors and new donors,” Andersen said. “We received gifts that we ordinarily might not have and that’s very important for us as a smaller nonprofit. #GivingTuesdayCLT helped us introduce ourselves to potential new supporters.”

ANSWER Scholarship was recently issued a challenge grant by The Leon Levine Foundation who will match $15,000 raised from new and existing donors. View the details and consider supporting ANSWER.

Each Tuesday we’ll take a look at what one of our #GivingTuesdayCLT nonprofits and how they used funds raised during the campaign.