About the foundation.
Washington Area Women’s Foundation helps build pathways out of poverty for women and their families. We help to create economic opportunities that have positive ripple effects across society.
We mobilize our community to ensure that economically vulnerable women and girls in the Washington region have the resources they need to thrive.
The Washington region is a model community that ensures women and girls are on a path to prosperity.
Washington Area Women’s Foundation is an influential, respected, visionary national leader of community strategies that enrich the lives of women and girls.
Incorporated as Washington Area Women’s Foundation.
Awarded first grants totaling $17K.
Published seminal research A Portrait of Women & Girls in the Washington Metropolitan Area.
Created Stepping Stones Grant Initiative.
Launched Early Care and Education Funders Collaborative.
Released Portrait Project 2010.
Adopted a new strategic plan, introducing the current mission and vision focused on economic security.
Unveiled new brand.
Expanded Stepping Stones grants to include two-generation strategy.
Joined Prosperity Together, a nonpartisan partnership of public women’s foundations from across the country.
Launched Donor Advised Funds (DAFs), a new way to invest in women and girls locally.
Launched new strategic plan Together We Thrive.
Launched the Young Women’s Initiative.
Sarena serves as the first point of contact for the Foundation, providing operations, administrative and finance support to the staff.
Virginie leads the Finance and Operations team and strategy, integrating sound business practices to advance the organization’s mission.
Mercy Chikowore is responsible for executing the organization’s communications and branding strategies.
- Martine leads the Program team and The Foundation’s program strategy development.
Michelle promotes donor education/engagement and assists with development operations.
Jennifer leads the organization in its mission, providing and implementing its strategic vision.
Sylvia provides operation and finance support to The Foundation staff.
Donna provides administrative support to the President and CEO, serving as liaison with the Board of Directors, and as office manager.
Claudia coordinates the Foundation’s program evaluation and research plan, ensuring the effectiveness of program strategy and grantmaking.
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