WA Women's Foundation Publications

As part of our mission to educate, inspire, and increase the number of women committed to philanthropy everywhere, the Washington Women's Foundation makes available the following publications for purchase by other foundations and individuals interested in collective giving. Our model, outlined in the materials below, has been an inspiration for over 30 similar organizations throughout the country. Click here to learn more about the Women's Collective Giving Grantmaking Network

The Grant Notebook


The Washington Women’s Foundation pioneered the concept of large-scale, participatory grantmaking in order to inspire women to be leaders in strategic philanthropy. Our flagship educational experience is our Pooled Fund Grant Committee process. Since 1996, more than $6.2 million has been awarded via 70+ large grants ($50,000-$100,000) to Washington State-based non-profit organizations, and hundreds of women have expanded their philanthropic skills and leadership. Every year, 60-70 WWF members participate in the Pooled Fund Grant process.

Continually refined and enhanced over its 18-year history, the Grant Notebook is the primary text that outlines the six-month ‘curriculum’, including the philosophy and best practices that guide the process. This manual is a 127-page, step-by-step description of WWF’s hands-on experience with research, collaboration, analysis, leadership, and decision-making in the grant process. In addition, WWF’s tailored training workshops provide context and valuable information on topics such as Evaluating Grant Proposals, Understanding Nonprofit Financial Statements, and Conducting Effective Site Visits.

The Grant Notebook is the quintessential guide for organizations or individuals wishing to discover the power of collective giving. It has been copyrighted and is now available for purchase and download below. To preview a few pages of the Grant Notebook, click here

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Something Ventured

Something Ventured Something Ventured: An Innovative Model in Philanthropy is a booklet written by Washington Women’s Foundation and its founder, Colleen S. Willoughby. This 2002 publication highlights our unique collective giving and philanthropy education model, and offers advice and practical resources to help other giving groups across the country develop similar organizations.

To preview a few pages of Something Ventured, click here.