WINN committee member and Inn staff member converse at a WINN event. WINN committee member and Inn staff member converse at a WINN event.

Women for The Inn (WINN) Community

The Women for The Inn (WINN) Community provides a unique opportunity for women to support The Children’s Inn at NIH. WINN brings together women who embrace The Inn’s mission and want to enhance their personal philanthropy and professional networks to benefit Inn families.

Women are a powerful philanthropic force. Whether you want to support a worthy organization, get involved as a volunteer, make a difference for personal enrichment or establish lasting connections with like-minded people, WINN membership offers all of these meaningful elements.

One goal of The Children’s Inn’s strategic plan, #INN2025, is to “maximize community support and financial viability.” In an effort to meet this goal and to be inclusive, The Inn hopes to grow and diversify our donor base by engaging more women through the WINN Community.

Membership – How to Join or Renew

Membership is open to anyone. The minimum annual contribution is $1,000, which is fully tax-deductible. Each September, in consultation with Inn leadership, WINN members vote on how to allocate the combined WINN contributions for the greatest impact. For example, WINN funding may be directed toward family support programs, educational activities, scholarships, emergency financial assistance, room/facility enhancements, etc.


WINN members are invited to special events such as:

  • Networking events, connecting members with corporate and community leaders
  • Speaker series with nationally recognized leaders in areas such as medical research, business, etc.
  • Volunteer engagement opportunities, such as organizing Family Dinners, holiday gift drives, service days, virtual programs to entertain Inn children, teens and young adults, pro-bono services, etc.

2020-2021 WINN Leadership

WINN is led by a small leadership group, WINN Champions, headed by co-chairs Lois Alperstein and Julie McPherson. The champions are responsible for identifying, developing and implementing WINN’s goals and objectives, and oversee all WINN events, activities and membership/volunteer recruitment.

For more information about WINN, please email Elaine Currie or call 202-276-2431.

WINN Speakers

Julie E. Ledgerwood, D.O.
Deputy Director
Chief Medical Officer
Chief, Clinical Trials Program, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
“COVID-19 Vaccine Research and Development”

Shelli Avenevoli, Ph.D.
Deputy Director of the National Institute of Mental Health
“COVID-19 Pandemic and Mental Health”

Jasmin Austin Clayton

Janine Austin Clayton
NIH Associate Director for Research on Women’s Health, NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health,
“The Promise, the Potential & the Power of Women’s Health”

Christine Grady

Christine Grady, M.S.N., Ph.D.
Senior Investigator
Chief of the Department of Bioethics, NIH Clinical Center,
“Vulnerability and COVID-19: An Ethical Perspective”

Lori Wiener, PhD

Lori Wiener, Ph.D., DCSW, LCSW-C
Senior Associate Scientist
Pediatric Oncology Branch at tje Matopma; Camcer Omstotite
Co-Director, Behavioral Health Core
Head, Psychosocial Support and Research Program
Senior Associate Scientist
Psychosocial Research and its Impact on Children and Families

Nirali Shah

Nirali N. Shah, M.D., M.H.Sc.
Head of the Hematologic Malignancies Section of the Pediatric Oncology Branch at the National Cancer Institute
“The New CAR on the Block,” explaining a promising type of immunotherapy

Patti Brennan

Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, Ph.D.
Director, National Library of Medicine at the NIH
“Information for Health in Contemporary Times”

Diana W. Bianchi, M.D.
Director, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the NIH
“Key Indicators of Women’s Health”

Virtual Engagement Opportunities

Jeremiah Harmon

2020 Summer Virtual Concert
with American Idol Contestant
Jeremiah Harmon

Pets and pajamas virtual engagement

Pets & Pajamas
Virtual Engagement Opportunity that gives WINN members the chance to read bedtime stories to Inn children and families

WINN Family Engagement

Shelby Blondell

Shelby Blondell 2019 Concert

Thoughtful treasure concert

Thoughtful Treasures during 2019 Concert

Resident support

WINN provided items – Resident Comfort Support

By becoming a WINN member, you will join a group of powerful group of philanthropically minded women who pool their talent and resources for the greatest impact.

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