Why is there a Women’s Foundation?
Less than six percent of all foundation and corporate charitable funding goes to programs that specifically serve the needs of women and girls. Yet women and girls continue to be disproportionately affected by violence and poverty, and women still have not achieved equality in the workplace or in the institutions that govern our lives.
What does The Women’s Foundation do?
The Women’s Foundation invests in the success of women and girls through grantmaking, advocacy, convening, education, leadership, and research.
How does The Women’s Foundation raise funds?
The Women’s Foundation primarily receives contributions from individuals and families. Additional investments are contributed by other foundations, corporations and through several special events.
How are The Women’s Foundation’s assets managed?
The Investment Committee of the Board of Directors sets the overall investment policy and oversees the investment of the endowment. Assets are invested and monitored by professional portfolio managers.
What are the grant making priorities?
The Women’s Foundation funds programs, projects and activities that focus on financial self-sufficiency for women and girls.
Are there certain types of programs The Women’s Foundation does not fund?
Yes. The Women’s Foundation does not fund individuals or scholarships, religious organizations or activities with a religious purpose, government agencies, organizations that restrict choices or limit options, endowments, political parties, candidates or political activities, programs inconsistent with non-discrimination policies, or capital fund drives.
How are grant making decisions made?
A committee made up of board and community members evaluates grant proposals, conducts site visits, and makes funding recommendations. All recommendations are presented to the Board of Directors for approval.
Does The Women’s Foundation provide direct service to women and girls? Do you offer legal advice or services, emergency financial assistance, shelter for women in abusive relationships, counseling, or job training?
No. The Women’s Foundation is not a direct service provider. We make grants to many organizations that do provide these services.
Is my donation tax–deductible?
Yes. Donations to the Women’s Foundation are tax deductible as provided by law. In the case of events, a percentage of the event fee is tax-deductible.
How can I get involved?
Can I volunteer for The Women’s Foundation?
Yes. We offer opportunities for volunteer involvement, including serving on committees, working in our office or helping at special events or on special projects. Click here for volunteer opportunities.