The 20/20 Sisters of Vision (SOV) is a philanthropic organization in Durham, North Carolina which operates under the umbrella of the Community Investment Network (CIN). CIN is a national network of sixteen giving circles across the United States. A giving circle is a group who combines their personal time, talents and treasures to strategically address various social issues. Giving circles encourage members to participate in philanthropic activities such as: grant making, public education and other community based activities.
In 2008, 20/20 SOV was started by Joanne Jennings and Denise Rowson. Joanne and Denise would raise money by asking individuals for $20 dollars to assist someone in need. In an effort to become more systematic in their giving, they invited a group of friends to discuss ways to be more strategic givers. As a result, the group decided to form a giving circle; believing that by pooling resources they could make a difference in the world. Currently, the 20/20 SOV has eleven active members who meet monthly. The 20/20 SOV’s mission is to “empower women and families in local and global communities enabling them to improve their quality of life in areas such as: health, education, economics and spirituality”.
To date, 20/20 SOV has granted over $8000 to various organizations and charitable individuals. Their funds are hosted by Community Triangle Foundation of Durham. Since 2008, we have assisted communities both locally and nationally which include: Angel Food Ministry Families, Lott Carey Society African AIDs International Initiative (to support commercial sex workers in South Africa and Ethiopia), Seniors in the Triangle Fan Initiative, Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN), Family Health Ministries Haiti, Helping Hand Mission, Inc., Project Build, Churches of Northern Durham United in Intention and the Area Wide Health Clinic in Tillery, North Carolina.
As a way to celebrate Black Philanthropy, 20/20 SOV partnered with DOVE (Diverse Occupational Vocational Education Summer Camp), a 501c (3) in Durham, North Carolina by providing resources to X high school students for upcoming 2016-2017 school year.
As 20/20 Sisters of Vision, “we envision all families sustained in a holistic and healthy community”.