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Washington Area Women’s Foundation has been named one of the five fastest growing women’s funds in the country by the Women’s Funding Network. In 2007, we made more than $1 million in grants, doubling our grantmaking for the past two years since 2005, and placing us among the top 10 percent of women’s funds nationwide in grantmaking—and the only one doing so without a permanent endowment.

Since 1998, The Women’s Foundation has:

Expanded Women’s Philanthropy:

  • Raised more than $11 million from thousands of donors throughout the Washington metropolitan area.
  • Launched Washington 100, our premiere cadre of community leaders who cumulatively contribute $1 million to ensure The Women’s Foundation’s core operations.
  • Engaged thousands of individuals and institutions, earning significant financial and intellectual contributions from national leaders including: Annie E. Casey Foundation, America Online, Capital One, Citigroup, Fannie Mae Foundation, FedEx Corporation, Freddie Mac Foundation, Ford Foundation, Kellogg Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation.
  • Created the Leadership Awards Program, catalyzing and successfully training more than 250 diverse volunteers in hands-on grantmaking, resulting in over 70 grants to emerging non-profit organizations.
  • Catalyzed the region’s first Giving Circles, resulting in an investment of nearly $200,000 in the health and leadership development of young women and girls.

Strong Community Investment and Impact

  • Released The Portrait Project: A Portrait of Women and Girls in the Washington Metropolitan Area in 2003. The Portrait Project is the first and only comprehensive look at the status of women and girls in the region.
  • Provided almost $9 million in grants and program services to non-profits and community-based efforts to improve the economic security of low-income women and their families and girls.
  • Helped more than 100,000 women through more than $5 million to-date in grants to organizations changing the lives of women and girls;
  • Invested in more than 100 regional non-profits: more than 85 percent of these organizations are thriving and have expanded their services to the community; and,
  • Provided more than 75 trainings and thousands of hours of consulting to non-profits in the interest of increased capacity in their information technology, fundraising, marketing and programming efforts.
Stepping Stones

Early results of Stepping Stones, is a multi-year, strategic initiative specifically addresses the needs of low-income, women-headed households, include:

  • Providing financial education and counseling to more than 5,500 women, prompting them to cumulatively shed more than $72,000 in personal debt, while saving nearly $3 million;
  • Providing job preparation and support services to 1,500 women;
  • Helping women accumulate $2.5 million in home equity; and,
  • Supporting work that led to the adoption of a living wage standard for contractors of the Washington, D.C. government.
  • More than 100 partnerships between non-profit organizations and businesses – all aimed at providing vital support services to women;
  • More than 1,000 new advocates for women;
  • Thirty-nine new tools and resources developed and adopted to support services and advocacy for low-income women; and,
  • Several of the largest non-profit organizations in the Washington metropolitan area developed and implemented first-time projects approaching issues and services through a gender lens.