Washington Women's Foundation Programs
The Foundation makes major grants of $100,000 every year to regional nonprofits in 5 funding areas: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Health, and Human Services. A Grant Committee comprised of over 70 Foundation members gain hands-on grant making experience through this process.
In addition, the Foundation delivers over 50 educational programs and events during the year, designed to enhance member knowledge about community issues, philanthropy skill-building and board leadership.
Foundation members also recommend individual grants to qualified nonprofit organizations of their choice throughout the region and country.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
The Foundation’s approach to grant-making is pro-active, participatory and democratic. All members contribute to a funding pool, and all are welcome to participate in the Grant Committee, which provides a six-month grant making ‘curriculum’ to guide the grant making process. More than 70 members typically serve on the Grant Committee, with the final funding decisions determined by an online vote of the entire WWF membership, resulting in 5 grants of $100,000 awarded, one in each of our funding areas.
The Foundation welcomes new members at any time – any woman interested in strengthening the community through philanthropy and education are urged to contact the Washington Women’s Foundation to join in our work. Learn more at www.wawomensfoundation.org