The WX Charitable Fund Ltd. is a duly qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It works closely with WX, Inc. to support the WX Scholars Program and partner with philanthropic organizations, including those supporting women’s careers in real estate. With the advice of the WX Philanthropy Committee, it makes targeted charitable donations consistent with the mission of WX and provides WX members opportunities to volunteer their time to these and other community service organizations.
Non-Traditional Employment for Women
In 2015, WX entered into a partnership with Non-Traditional Employment for Women (NEW), a New York City-based non-profit founded in 1978. NEW prepares, trains, and places women in careers in the skilled construction, utility, and maintenance trades, helping women achieve economic independence and a secure future.
WX’s collaboration with NEW is aimed at strengthening both organizations and allowing members to develop lasting relationships with the NEW graduate tradeswomen.
The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem
A college prep public school established to serve young inner city women, the Young Women’s Leadership School (YWLS) of East Harlem’s goals align with those of WX: to raise expectations, improve performance and inspire leadership. Grants provided by WX have gone towards comprehensive college preparation and SAT tutoring through the CollegeBound Initiative (CBI),college counseling, and parent education on the college selection process and financial aid matters. In addition, WX members have participated in panel discussions with the students and WX Scholars have had opportunities to volunteer at YWLS.
WX Summer Internship Grant Program
For the past three years, WX has facilitated a Summer Internship Grant Program to help students interested in developing careers in real estate and related fields, and who have been offered summer jobs or internships in New York City. Internship grants were awarded on an annual basis to qualifying students who require financial assistance with housing or other living expenses in New York City while employed in their summer jobs or internships.
Habitat for Humanity Women Build
Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build brings the women of New York City together to build homes for low-income families. WX has supported members and WX scholarship recipients in our Mentoring program in fundraising efforts and sent teams to Habitat work sites where they performed construction work under the guidance of construction professionals to build and improve homes for the community.
Charitable Fund Board of Directors
Beth Zafonte, Akerman LLP
Sonia Kaur Bain, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Vice President & Secretary
Ione Wilsmann, USAA Real Estate