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Stepping Stones

Washington Area Women’s Foundation’s Stepping Stones Initiative is our most ambitious effort yet and is the first multi-year initiative of its kind in the Washington area. Launched in 2005, the program’s objective is to build the long-term economic security and financial independence of women in the Washington region who are living under 200 percent of the federal poverty level, with a special emphasis on women-headed families. This critical need was brought into sharp focus by A Portrait of Women & Girls in the Washington Metropolitan Area (also called the Portrait Project). In 2010, the Foundation issued an update to the Portrait Project report that confirmed the current focus. Since 2005, the estimated cumulative gains in assets and income for participants in the program have reached more than $35.3 million.

Stepping Stones grantmaking currently includes targeted investments in:

  • Girls economic security (NEW!)
  • Early Care and Education Funders Collaborative
  • Financial education and wealth creation
  • Jobs with benefits, career pathways and family-sustaining wages

Click here to learn more details about these investments.

To complement our grantmaking efforts, Stepping Stones also has community education, advocacy and leadership development components.

Stepping Stones does not currently have any open RFPs. To stay updated on the latest funding opportunities and outcomes, please click here.