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Empowering Women's Funds Within Community Foundations

Women's Funding Network

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Enhancing Community Philanthropy
  • Grant Amount $60,000
  • Grant Period November 1, 2004–October 31, 2005
  • Location San Francisco, CA, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

This grant will enable the Women’s Funding Network to enhance the work of women’s funds within U.S. community foundations. Women’s funds play a vital role in creating healthy and productive communities; encouraging change with civil society; and supporting programs to meet changing community needs. After examining the needs and various models of women’s funds in community foundations, the network has developed a program to nurture and strengthen these funds.Funding will support activities that include adapting an assessment program called, "Smart Growth," to address the specific needs of women’s funds in community foundations; providing technical assistance, consulting and shared communication vehicles to promote discussion among staff of women’s funds in community foundations; developing and disseminating a guide/manual on how to start women’s funds; and convening a workshop at the network’s annual conference to discuss lessons learned.The Women’s Funding Network, founded in 1985, works to encourage the growth and development of women’s funds.