Because only together we can

build a world where FAMILIES are safe, strong & valued

Because we are enough to take care of our own community. We are enough to ensure we have all the opportunities of the American dream, and we will show it to each other through our actions and through our words and through our deeds.



- Our Mission

Our mission is to empower women and families in local and global communities. We want to enable them to improve their quality of life in areas such as health, education, economic development and spirituality.

- Our Vision

Envisioning a better tomorrow through giving.

- Our Story

The 20/20 Sisters of Vision Giving Circle is a community Giving Circle which empowers and provides financial aid and other assistance to women and families in need.  The Circle is comprised of women of the African diaspora whose common mission is to “Empower women and families in local and global communities.”  The organization is part of the Community Investment Network (CIN), which is a network of African-American Giving Circles throughout the U.S.  The organizations is also affiliated with the Triangle Community Foundation for purposes of administering its nonprofit funds.



— We Find & Fund


— We Build Networks


— We Strengthen


— We Educate


— We Provide Care


— We Collaborate



Joanne Jennings

Rev. Joanne Browne Jennings is a native of Pembroke, Bermuda. As a distinguished preacher, ordained minister, and licensed marriage and family therapist, she has offered counseling, consultation, and training seminars in her Durham office for over 20 years. Raised in a family and community given to generosity, she is committed to collective giving as a means of creating opportunities for strategic philanthropy.


Willette Carter

Prior to moving to Durham in 2014, Willette Carter was a special projects manager with the city of San Antonio, TX. During her 28 year career in the Air Force as a public affairs officer, she held positions all over the world from the Pentagon to the Philippines before retiring at the rank of colonel. She is active in the community through various social, religious and non-profit organizations.


Karol Harshaw-Ellis

Dr. Harshaw-Ellis earned a BSN at UNC-Chapel Hill, an MSN at the Duke School of Nursing and later a Doctorate of Nursing Practice at the Duke School of Nursing. She now works as a Nurse Practitioner in the Duke Advanced Heart Failure Program and a Consulting Associate to the Duke School of Nursing. She has a passion for reducing health disparities and educational and economic barriers that persist in minority communities.

Assistant Chaplain

Patricia Parker

Dr. Patricia Parker is Associate Professor and Chair of  the Department of Communication at UNC-Chapel Hill. She joined 2020 SOV in 2014 and currently serves as Assistant Chaplain.</P


Roberta Hadley

Roberta grew up in Durham and is a program director for a local Communities In Schools affiliate where she has been employed for nearly 10 years. She is a tennis enthusiast. She plays year-round on tennis leagues and coaches youth tennis for the City of Durham and the Town of Carrboro. She serves on the Raleigh Tennis Association’s board of directors.


Antoinette Joyner

Antoinette has been a member of 20/20 Sisters of vision since 2009. She has a strong commitment and love for people. Her care and concern is expressed in her work as a public school teacher where she's taught for over 15 years. In 2008 she launched DOVE Institute, a non-profit organization which serves middle school students with education enrichment through summer camps. Antoinette serves as an assistant minister in a local church.


Denise Rowson

Denise Rowson has been an educator for over 40 years, working with children and adults in traditional and non-traditional settings. She prides herself in the love and dedication to her faith, her community, and family, especially her grandsons Derrick 18 and Shomari 2. Now getting ready to retire in June 2019 she is excited about what God has in store for her to accomplish in this new season of her life.


Linda Van Hook


Sheena Brooks


Angela Wilson

Angela has been a phlebotomist for the last 25 years and presently works for Duke University Health System and as an Independent Paramedical Examiner participating in various health fairs. Angela loves interacting with family (church) and friends and being in charge of her health is a top priority. She engages in fitness at her local Planet Fitness facility and participates in all types of heath oriented activities.



Our Giving


Durham Black Children’s Literature Symposium – $400
Ella Bake Women’s Center – $400
Wake Up Reach Up – $300

Charitable giving to support individuals and families in need – $1075
Cynthia Brown Education Scholarships – $1500

Diverse Occupation and Vocational Education (DOVE) Institute – $500

Community Investment Network – $1,000

Community Investment Network – $250

The Ella Baker Women’s Center for Leadership and Community Activism – $500

Project BUILD – $3,000

Community Investment Network – $250

Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Society – $1,000

Areawide Health Committee – $5,000

Community Investment Network – $256.95

Helping Hand Mission – $500

Family Health Ministries – $1,000.00

Bagley Swamp Wesleyan Church – $270.00

Interfaith Hospitality Network – $500.00


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Personal Info

Donation Total: $20



Join us for our 2020 Fundraiser Tea on May 30th, 2020!
1:00pm - 3:00pm
3518 Rose of Sharon Road, Durham, NC 27712

Sip & Taste Fundraiser - December 14, 2019

Annual Tea Fundraiser - May 4, 2019

Cynthia D. Brown Scholarship

Cynthia Denise Brown Dedication

An activist for social justice and human rights, Cynthia dedicated her life’s work to the uplifting of people, regardless of race, gender affiliation, or religion of any other category. Among her many life’s affiliations and accomplishments, she was a member of 20/20 Sisters of Vision Giving Circle. Cynthia departed this life in November 2016 and we deeply miss her. She brought a sense of direction, vitality, and knowledge, but most of all she gave her sisterly love to all of us. To know Cynthia was to love her and we thank God for allowing her to pass our way and touch our lives the way that she did. One of the common “threads” that we all share in our organization is the importance of education. We all agree that when you educate a woman or a girl, you educate a nation. In memory of our dear sister, Cynthia Denise Brown, we 20/20 SOV Giving Circle, have agreed to develop an education fund in her honor solely for the college and technical education of Black women.

Application Period is closed for 2019

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