Stand Together Fund

Washington Area Women’s Foundation launched Stand Together Fund in 2020 to benefit women, girls and gender expansive individuals who have struggled the most throughout the pandemic, She-cession, and on-going fight for racial and gender justice.
With your support, Stand Together Fund awarded more than $390,000 in support of survivors of violence and in direct cash assistance to care workers throughout the Washington DC metropolitan region.
There’s no debating that women and girls are bearing the brunt of these crises, from shouldering the majority of caregiving to being among the hardest hit by job loss and struggling most as we inch toward rebuilding. And for women and gender expansive individuals of color, this impact is exacerbated by structural inequities that were in place long before this pandemic. That is why, we worked alongside local philanthropic colleagues to compliment their emergency response efforts. We identified a gap that Stand Together Fund was uniquely positioned to fill, and we are energized that you joined us in supporting 320 women of color and/or immigrant care workers with direct cash assistance and 14 organizations providing culturally specific survivor support and advocacy.

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For over 20 years, Washington Area Women’s Foundation has invested in women’s economic security. We know firsthand the unique challenges facing women and girls and are equipped to invest in solutions. We created the Stand Together Fund in 2020, to direct funding to community challenges that disproportionately impact women and girls of color and where we know more investment is needed.

In 2020, Stand Together Fund:

 Awarded much needed, flexible funding to 14 people of color-led and serving survivor support and advocacy organizations;

Dispersed direct cash assistance to more than 320 women of color and/or immigrant women care workers; and

Supported The Women’s Foundation’s #AskHerSeries, an interview series highlighting the power of local and national women and gender expansive people of color leaders.

This year, Stand Together Fund continues to support community safety and promote the need for more flexible investments in violence prevention and supportive services, as well as advocacy. 
By making an investment in the Stand Together Fund, you are joining forces with the collective generosity of your neighbors, colleagues, friends, and family to ensure that women and girls are not forgotten.

Stand Together, So She Can Stand on Her Own.

Join Us.

To make a donation, click here, or contact
our Development team, at development@wawf.org.

Round 1: Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

The first round of grants, which funded organizations that provide culturally specific support to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, totaled $100,000 and was awarded to the following organizations:

Round 2: Care Workers

Our second round of funding, with investments totaling $136,750, directly funded 336 female care workers – inclusive of family child care providers, early childhood educators, in-home health aides, and medical aides – throughout the region. We partnered with the following organizations to distribute these funds:

Round 3: Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

Our third round of funding includes investments to organizations focused on advocacy, safety and the prevention of violence. Investments totaled $130,000, and was awarded to the following organizations:

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