Announcing: Book Title for the 2020 Spring Book Discussion

Each year, the Foundation’s Member Engagement Committee selects a book for all members to read. This year, in continued alignment with our grantmaking criteria of increasing equity and reducing disparities, they invite you to read How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. In this New York Times bestseller, Kendi takes readers through a…more

Formal headshot of Beth McCaw of Washington Women's Foundation

Transforming Together 2020: Annual Meeting Recap

Thank you to the many members who attended our Annual Meeting this week. I am pleased to announce that the membership elected five new candidates to join our Board of Directors as of January 1, 2020. They are: Yvonne Hall, a member since 2001 and a founding partner of the Hall Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo…more

Board Blogs: Building the Board of the Future

The Board of Directors of Washington Women’s Foundation will be welcoming five new members in January! Our new directors will position us well as we accelerate the implementation of our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion work and our Strategic Framework 2020. This year, the Governance Committee expended significant time and thought to ensure that our Board…more

Grant Criteria 2.0: Incorporating Lessons Learned About Equity-Focused Grantmaking for 2020

A couple weeks ago, we shared some key takeaways learned from implementing our new Pooled Fund grant criteria focused on increasing equity and reducing disparities in Washington State. Today, in an effort to continue transparency in our grantmaking, we are sharing the specific changes we made to the grant criteria for the 2020 grant process….more

What We Learned: Changing Our Grant Criteria

In 2019, Washington Women’s Foundation changed our grant criteria for the first time in our 24-year history. Our new strategic framework, informed by input and ongoing feedback from members as well as nonprofit leaders and philanthropic partners, led us to adopt a new focus on increasing equity and reducing disparities in Washington State (to read…more

Staff Blog Post: What We’re Reading/Listening To, August 2019

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…more

Committee Chairs Convene at Cabinet

Did you know that committee leaders meet quarterly to discuss common issues?  We call it the Cabinet and it’s a chance to engage, brainstorm, and, ultimately, better serve the membership.  And, it’s a lot of fun too!  The purpose of Cabinet is to share updates on committee happenings with the goal of working more collaboratively…more

Catalist Conference 2020: Spotlight on ninety-nine girlfriends

As WaWF prepares to host 350 – or more! – women from all over the U.S. for the 2020 Catalist conference on February 23-25 2020, we wanted to shine a spotlight on one of WaWF’s sister organizations to help everyone appreciate the breadth and scope of the women’s collective giving movement.  One fantastic example of…more

IAC Year-End Report: What We Learned

The mandate of IAC is to monitor the progress of our grantees for a period of three years, communicate the impact of our grants to our membership, and provide feedback to the grant committee. We visit the grantees to appreciate and learn more about the work they do, celebrate their successes, and understand their challenges,…more

And the 2019 Grantees are…

Yesterday, Washington Women’s Foundation members announced five recipients of $100,000 grants from the Foundation’s Pooled Fund and five $5,000 Merit Award winners, totaling $525,000 in grants. In the 24 years since the Foundation’s inception, our members have influenced transformation in communities across Washington State by collectively granting over $17 million. Our focus this year was to…more

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Announcing: Book Title for the 2020 Spring Book Discussion

Each year, the Foundation’s Member Engagement Committee selects a book...

Transforming Together 2020: Annual Meeting Recap

Thank you to the many members who attended our Annual...

Board Blogs: Building the Board of the Future

The Board of Directors of Washington Women’s Foundation will be...

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