"Philanthropy within everyone's reach"

About the Bees

Our Mission: Pollinating community giving in Raleigh and inspiring new women leaders


Here’s the buzz:

The Beehive Collective is a giving circle that awards grants to non-profits working toward making Raleigh a better place. Members of the Beehive Collective are interested in supporting the development of women through local activities. By pooling our resources and organizing fun events, we raise money to fund community projects. Since 2008, we’ve given away more than $150,000 in support of causes ranging from public transportation to youth healthcare.

Our Core Values:

  • Diversity & Equal Opportunity: The Beehive Collective is an equal opportunity group that embraces diversity and does not discriminate based on race, age, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, level of income or education, disability or immigration status.
  • Community Stewardship: The Beehive Collective seeks to build a more just and sustainable community in Raleigh by connecting people to each other and to our city, promoting civic engagement and investment in local non-profits, and patronizing locally owned and sustainable businesses.
  • Leadership: The Beehive Collective works to break down barriers to leadership among young people in Raleigh, especially young women.

If you’re ready to inspire and support young women leaders, help some of the most deserving causes in Raleigh, and have a good time doing it, then we’re the group for you. Come join us!

Check out our page on how to get involved!

Download the Beehive Collective one-pager for more information.

Recent: 8th Annual Bee Ball, May 14, 2016

Thank you Raleigh! The 2016 Bee Ball raised more than $26,000!


WOW! All we can say is a thousand thank yous! The 2016 Bee Ball raised more than $26,ooo that will go toward our giving them of housing and community development. We could not have done this without the support of such an incredible community and we are beyond grateful for all the love and the support.

Our winners this year:

Jessie Williams of Edge of Urge

Angela Salamanca of Centro and Gallo Pelon 

2016 Winners Jessie Williams and Angela Salamanca

2016 Winners Jessie Williams and Angela Salamanca

And much love and thanks to all our phenomenal Royalty Court members, who made this is the best year ever!

2016 Royalty Court (aka Superstars!): Jonathan Bonchak, Adam Grossman, Jason Justice, Shana Overdorf, Lori Ann Phillips, Angela Salamanca, Michelle Smith, Trey Waters, Jessie Williams

Many thanks to Sidecar Social Club and DJ Jenilla Ice for providing all the entertaining grooves and keeping us dancing all night!

And of course, a huge thank you to all our incredible sponsors. You make this event possible.


Additional support by: Bittersweet, Blue Lotus Yoga, Boulted Bread, Empire Eats, Neu Romance, Fiction Kitchen, Raleigh Coffee Company, Wine Authorities, Green Planet Catering, Designbox.



2016 Large Grant RFP – now available


Beehive Large Grant RFP 2016


We’re please to announce that our 2016 request for proposal is now available. The deadline is Wednesday, August 31, 2016. Please share this with organizations that fit the theme of Housing & Community Development.

2015 Large Grant RFP

Our 2015 large grant in the amount of $27,000 has been awarded to Code the Dream for their program which provides a gateway to the tech industry for immigrant youth. For more information, click here.

Our 2015 small grant in the amount of $2,000 was awarded to Haven House Services (HHS) for an innovative bi-weekly support group for adolescent girls involved in the juvenile justice system. For more information, click here.

Since 2008, the Beehive Collective has given away more than $150,000 to organizations in Raleigh doing amazing things.

Each year the Beehive Collective awards two grants. Members give away as much as $25,000 to a deserving Raleigh organization at our December meeting. The grant process usually begins in the late summer or early fall. We also award a small grant – usually $1,000 to $2,000 – in the early spring.

** The Beehive Collective ensures a fair and transparent review of all grant proposals. See the Grants Committee’s Conflict of Interest Policy here.