WA Women’s Foundation Welcomes Maria Kolby-Wolfe as New President & CEO on February 1

After an extensive national search, Washington Women’s Foundation is delighted to announce Maria Kolby-Wolfe has been appointed President & CEO of our Seattle-based women’s collective grantmaking organization. Kolby-Wolfe brings decades of experience leading fund development, equity initiatives, membership relations, program evaluation, and strategic communications for Pacific Northwest arts and social service organizations. She will partner…more

Learning and Growing as a Collective: Capacity Building Grant Committee

This fall, 15 WaWF members joined the pilot Capacity Building Grant Committee to explore collective grant making using trust-based philanthropic practices. We are happy to announce our four grant award winners: Ingersoll Gender Center, KVRU, Para Los Niños, and Somali Health Board. Each received a $22,500 capacity building grant! Background of CBGC The capacity building…more

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Letter from the President: Reflecting on Our Strategic Framework 2020

As we finally reach the end of 2020, our 25th year of grantmaking at Washington Women’s Foundation, I have had the opportunity to reflect more deeply on our current strategic plan and what we have together accomplished over the last two years. The foundation of this plan was the visions and hopes of our members, who…more

Job Posting: Programs & Communications Associate

We are excited to announce that we are hiring for a Programs & Communications Associate. Please refer to the job listing below: Position Opening: Programs & Communications Associate  Type: Full-Time, Exempt Reports to: Grants Program Manager Salary Range: $55,000-$60,000 annually (benefits including vacation time, paid holidays and sick time, health, dental and vision insurance plan, retirement plan, charitable gift matching, and ORCA Card) To Apply: This…more

Letter from Morgan Dawson, Strategic Partnerships and Programs Manager

I love rollercoasters, and my time at the Foundation has been one of the best rides of my life. Now that the ride is ending, I wanted to thank you for helping me grow and learn.  When I started as a part-time office coordinator, I had planned to stay for a year, tops.  At 24, new to Seattle, and the first Black…more

Headshot of Beth McCaw of WA Women's Foundation

Transforming Together 2020: Annual Meeting Recap

Thank you to the many members who attended our virtual Annual Meeting this week. I am pleased to announce that the membership elected three new candidates to join our Board of Directors as of January 1, 2021. They are: Julie Burg, a member since 2018 and a senior consultant with Nygren Consulting, a boutique consulting firm…more

Revising Pooled Fund Grant Criteria for Greater Clarity

This fall, we start our third year of grantmaking focused on increasing equity and reducing disparities. Each year, we understand more deeply what it means to apply an equity lens to our grantmaking and gain greater clarity about how to articulate what we’re looking for. Feedback from grant applicants and committee members continues to inform this work, and today we’d like to share…more

Living the Values of WA Women’s Foundation

When the Foundation’s Board of Directors adopted our Strategic Framework 2020 two summers ago, we committed to a new set of organizational values, some long-held, some aspirational, and some that would challenge us on a daily basis:  In All Things, We Will…   Build relationships – elevate or amplify the power of all who identify as women – be bold – share…more

President & CEO Position Profile

Earlier this summer, Beth McCaw announced her plans to step away from her role as President & CEO of Washington Women’s Foundation (WaWF), and we announced the formation of a Search & Transition Committee to hire her successor. Over the last month, the Search & Transition Committee and our search consultants, Koya Leadership Partners, have been engaged in a series…more

Staff Blog Post: What We’re Reading/Listening to/Watching, July 2020

At WA Women’s Foundation, we are dedicated to becoming more a informed collective and approaching our work with a learning mindset. We do this through our over 40+ programs and events we host throughout the year, our grantmaking cycles, and our various member-driven committees. While we’re proud of the breadth of our educational opportunities, we also value…more

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WA Women’s Foundation Welcomes Maria Kolby-Wolfe as New President & CEO on February 1

After an extensive national search, Washington Women’s Foundation is delighted...

Letter from the President: Reflecting on Our Strategic Framework 2020

As we finally reach the end of 2020, our 25th year...

Learning and Growing as a Collective: Capacity Building Grant Committee

Capacity Building Grant Committee members This fall, 15 WaWF members...

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