Partner Grant Initiatives

The Foundation launched three pilot Partner Grant initiatives in 2010-2013, and formally adopted the initiatives as part of the permanent platform of the Foundation in 2014. Building on the best practices of our well-established Pooled Fund Grant process, the Partner Grant initiatives provide an advanced curriculum of hands-on grant making, operate on a shorter, accelerated time frame, and offers an opportunity to take a more intensive look at a focused area or community. We offer three Partner Grant Initiative topic areas: International, Diversity and Emerging Issues.  More information on each of these committees below.

  • International Partner Grants: Honoring our members' strong interest in global philanthropy and learning about the work of local nonprofits in countries around the world. This program also highlights Seattle’s growing prominence as a center of global giving and serve as a vehicle for the Foundation to participate in this work. 
  • Diversity Partner Grants: Making our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness actionable, and learning more deeply about the needs of specific communities.
  • Emerging Issues Partner Grants: Recognizing special interest topics and emerging needs, and learning about innovative solutions (shifted from the previous Innovation Partner Grant)

For Grant Seekers:  Please note that each of these grant processes is operated on an invitation-only basis, so there is no application process for nonprofit organizations.

For Foundation members:  Each committee operates over 10-12 weeks, with six meetings plus site visits, as appropriate. Two committees will operate each calendar year. Any Washington Women's Foundation member may participate on a Partner Grant Committee. These initiatives are constructed as advanced grant making programs, and therefore have prerequisites for participation:

  • Prior experience on the Washington Women's Foundation Pooled Fund Grant Committee or (a) similar personal grantmaking experience or (b) commitment to attend a mandatory orientation.
  • Echoing our model of collective giving, each participant will make a financial contribution of $500 by directing her Individual Grant to the initiative, or by making a personal contribution. 
  • Commitment to attend at least 4 of 5 committee meetings.

Upcoming or current Partner Grant Committee Opportunities:

More information coming soon. If you are interested in or would like to join the 2017 Partner Grant Committee, please contact Aviva Stampfer, Grants Program Manager, at

Partner Grant Award Winners

Click below to learn more about past Partner Grant winners:

2016 Winner: Diversity
2015 Winners: Emerging Issues, International
2014 Winners: International, Diversity
2012-2013 Winners: InternationalDiversityInnovation
2011-2012 Winners:  InternationalDiversityInnovation
2010-2011 Winners:  InternationalDiversity, Innovation


2016 Partner Grant Award Winner

Diversity: Colectiva Legal del Pueblo, $15,000

Colectiva Legal del Pueblo (CLP) was founded in 2012 by undocumented community organizers, activists and immigration attorneys working to build community power to achieve dignity and migrant justice through advocacy, education and legal support. Their mission is to provide a wide variety of direct legal services as well as community organizing, community-based trainings and workshops. These programs empower immigrant and undocumented communities to know their rights, de-mystify the legal process and build collective power. CLP employs these strategies to strengthen communities to defend themselves from deportation and detention, and to increase movement building to address immigration reform and systemic racism within immigration laws and policies, both locally and nationally. Dedicated to the abolition of migrant imprisonment that profits off the separation of families and exploited labor, CLP envisions a world in which migrant justice work is rooted in the right of free movement for all people, regardless of borders.

View our blog to read more about the process and the other 2 finalist organizations.

2015 Partner Grant Award Winners

International: Sahar, $15,000
Partner: Seattle International Foundation

Sahar provides cost-effective, sustainable, high-quality education opportunities for underserved girls in Afghanistan. Since 2001 they have built or renovated 87 classrooms in a country where 45% of schools operate without adequate buildings. Today, Sahar operates 12 schools and serves 15,000 girls annually.

Our $15,000 grant will support Sahar’s Early Marriage Prevention Initiative, a combination of school programs, community support programs and economic incentives designed to help minimize dropout rates among young Afghan women. This project will focus on two rural village schools in Dawlatabad district, Balkh Province, Northern Afghanistan, drawing upon Sahar’s decade-long relationships in the villages, and aims to impact 1,500 girls.

Visit our blog to read more about the process and other 2 finalist organizations.

Emerging Issues Topic: Closing the Gender Gap - Empowering Girls
Partner: Women's Funding Alliance
Grantee: Young Women Empowered, $15,000

Young Women Empowered (Y-WE) builds young women leaders through intergenerational mentorship, intercultural collaboration, and creative programs that equip girls with the confidence, resiliency, and future-planning skills they need to achieve their personal goals and improve their communities. Using a framework of Inner Leadership and Outer Leadership development, girls learn to identify their personal strengths, and then to reach their aspirations through external achievement. This $15,000 grant will allow Y-WE to increase its capacity and serve even more girls.

Click here to read about the other finalists in the 2015 Emerging Issues Partner Grant process. 




2014 Partner Grant Award Winners

Diversity: API Chaya, $15,000
Partner: Alice Ito, member of the national board of directors of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) and Director of Community Programs as The Seattle Foundation
The mission of API Chaya is to support Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander survivors and families impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as human trafficking survivors from all communities. API Chaya engages communities to change societal conditions that enable domestic and sexual violence, human trafficking and all forms of oppression, especially violence against women and the most vulnerable in our society. WWF is proud to provide general operating funding to further API Chaya’s direct service support for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community in our region. API Chaya also works within API communities to address some of the root causes of violence and oppression. API Chaya is deeply embedded in the API community, with 23 languages spoken among the 17 full- and part-time staff.

Click here to read about the other finalists in the 2014 International Grant process.

International:  Etta Projects, $15,000
Partner Organizations: Seattle International Foundation

Update: Etta Projects submitted four 2015 reports on the impact of WA Women's Foundation funding. Click on the following links to read the reports: 
Empowering Local Women to be Community Health Leaders Update
WWF 2014 Progress Report 2

WWF 2015 Progress Report 3

Etta Projects Health Promoters Final Report.pdf

The mission of Etta Projects is to alleviate poverty in rural villages of Eastern Bolivia. They partner with Bolivian communities to implement sustainable solutions to the challenges of poverty, while educating and inspiring North Americans to act for positive change. WWF is proud to be supporting the expansion of Etta’s “Empowering Local Women as Community Health Leaders” program to four rural villages whose population totals nearly 2,000. Sixteen local women, 4 from each village, will be trained as Health Promoters to respond to the basic health needs in their villages – first aid, contraception, hygiene promotion. They will have well-stocked first aid kits to provide immediate care, and cell phones so they can consult with physicians in emergencies. The Health Promoters will also track health issues on a community map, using special keys to mark the health situation of each family (such as pregnancy, illness, malnutrition). The maps will help doctors respond to the most pressing health issues when they make their routine visits to the community every few weeks. Health promoters will also host community fairs on topics such as hygiene, oral care and reproductive health in an effort to improve the overall health of their villages.


Click here to read about the other finalists in the 2014 International Grant process.

2012-2013 Partner Grant Award Winners

International:  Amigos de Santa Cruz, $15,000
Partner Organizations: Global WashingtonSeattle International Foundation
The mission of Amigos de Santa Cruz is to help improve the lives of the indigenous people of Santa Cruz la Laguna in Guatemala through support for education, better health, a cleaner environment and sustainable economic development.  WWF is proud to be supporting its newest, boldest effort: a new Vocational Center, El Centro de Capacitacion, or CECAP. Amigos focuses on education as the key to the reduction of poverty, and responded to the requests of the local people for the opportunity to learn new skills - such as weaving, sewing, carpentry, culinary arts – that would lead to meaningful work and a more prosperous community. This year, they started an indigenous artisan program so women can produce high-quality products to be sold locally and for export. CECAP also houses a small gift shop and a cafĂ© and has become a real source of pride for the local community. View the Amigos’ thank-you message to WWF here.   

Diversity:  2 grantee organizations
Gender Diversity, $12,150
Reteaching Gender and Sexuality, $5,000 

Partner Organization: Pride Foundation

Gender Diversity was awarded $12,150 to deepen its groundbreaking work to increase awareness of the range of gender variation and gender identity, providing support and counseling, especially for children, adolescents, and their families.

Reteaching Gender and Sexuality received a $5,000 grant to create a video and online training materials to help facilitate complex conversations about gender and sexuality among teachers, student leaders, university faculty, social workers and others that work not just with queer youth, but with all youth, to address underlying myths and misconceptions about gender and sexual diversity. Click here to see a short video introducing their organization.

Innovation: 2 grantee organizations
Southeast Seattle Education Coalition, $12,000
Educurious, $2,000

Partner Organization: Community Center for Education Results

Southeast Seattle Education Coalition (SESEC) received a $12,000 grant to further their important work to rally communities of color and allies to improve Southeast Seattle Schools so that all students succeed and all families are empowered to be involved in making them successful. The rate of under-performing schools is starkly, disproportionately and persistently higher in SE than in other areas of Seattle. They will use the WWF grant to help parents at several SE schools to organize new Parent-Teacher Organizations, with a special focus on engaging African-American families.  

Educurious uses technology and a network of real-world experts to galvanize students in the classroom through new, engaging curricula. Educurious was awarded a $2,000 Merit Award to support their innovative work.


2011-2012 Partner Grants

International:  One By One, $15,000
Partner Organization: Seattle International Foundation
One By One’s mission is to help put an end to obstetric fistula and improve the lives of girls and women who have been devastated by this preventable condition, by raising awareness, mobilizing resources, and developing/supporting comprehensive treatment programs and prevention activities. They seek funds to implement their new Let’s End Fistula initiative in Western Kenya, which encompasses education and outreach in remote areas; surgical repair for women suffering from fistula at the Gynocare Fistula Center, including a two-week clinic stay; and reintegration support such as follow up, training and microloans so that these women are able resume a productive life once they are back in their villages.

Diversity: Children of the Valley, $10,000
Partner Organization: Latino Community Fund of Washington
Children of the Valley provides a safe environment for low-income, under-achieving elementary school students, who are primarily Latino and children of the immigrant farm worker population in the Mount Vernon School district of Skagit Valley. Through after-school academic and enrichment activities, these students gain the skills and self-confidence to improve their school work, reduce truancy, and stay engaged in positive activities. Involving parents is also a strong emphasis at COV, with bilingual support programs that help parents to better help their children attain success in and out of school.

Innovation:  Latinos for Community Transformation, $15,000
Lupita Ayon of Latinos for Community Transformation was announced as the recipient of a $15,000 award by the Washington Women's Foundation's Innovation Grant Committee. This award is the culmination of an intensive exploration of the nature of ‘innovation’ in the context of community capacity and leadership. Click here to read more about Lupita and the committee's process.

2010-2011 Partner Grants

International:  PeaceTrees Vietnam, $14,000
Partner Organization: Seattle International Foundation
PeaceTrees Vietnam (PTV) works in Central Vietnam to assist those whose lives and livelihoods are threatened by the explosive remnants of war. PTV sponsors demining and mine risk education, victim assistance, and community building projects, such as libraries and kindergartens, in partnership with the people of Quang Tri Province to promote a safe, healthy future for children and families.

The WWF Grant will fund Healthful Gardens for Healthy Children, located in Da Krong District, one of the poorest regions in Vietnam in part because of the lingering consequences of war. PTV, working in partnership with the Quang Tri Province Women’s Union, will address this problem by removing landmines and unexploded ordinance from family garden plots, and teaching 132 women in one commune how to grow nutritious foods for their children. Once this pilot project is proven, PTV will be able to replicate this model in other areas across the province.

Diversity:  Native American Women’s Dialogue on Infant Mortality, $15,000
Partner Organization: The Potlatch Fund
NAWDIM seeks to combat the disproportionately high rate of SIDS and infant mortality among Native American babies. They propose to do this through cradleboard classes – day-long events where expectant and new Native mothers gather together to create these traditional carriers for babies that keep them safe, while also sharing traditional stories and building community to combat the stress and social isolation of these new mothers. The making of cradleboards is a sacred, creative way to both connect moms to their cultural roots and to promote safe sleep practices to keep their babies healthy.

This project has an additional dimension of gathering personal and traditional stories digitally at these cradleboard classes. NAWDIM facilitators would digitally record stories told by the expectant/new mothers, grandmothers and other family members to tell stories of past traditions and to share their own experiences.

Innovation:  Kenyan Women's Association, $15,000
Partner Organization: The Seattle Foundation
The Kenyan Women’s Association mission is to foster a thriving African community in the Pacifi c Northwest through support programs and advocacy for women and their families so that they will lead connected, empowered lives and in turn support others.

The WWF Innovation Grant will support a Project Coordinator for the Community Based Fund Development Project for entrepreneurship development among a group of African immigrant women. Using a peer-to-peer savings model, they will build together the collateral necessary to access small business loans, link with outside educational and business resources, and gain the skills and confi dence to expand their markets and increase their self-sufficiency.