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

Laura Midgley and Bo Lee, Catalist Conference 2020 co-chairs

Catalist Conference 2020: Announcing New Plenary Speakers

As conference co-chairs, we’re thrilled to share our excitement for the fantastic speakers lined up for the Catalist 2020 National Conference, PowerUP! The Spark That Ignites Change.  We are expecting that 350 women, who are engaged in collective giving and grant making all over the United States, will come to Seattle to learn and network….more

Seeking More Equitable Philanthropy: Addressing 8 Philanthropy Myths

The 2019 Pooled Fund Grant Committee is learning a lot as we implement the following new grant criteria around increasing equity and reducing disparities this year, funding organizations that are: Focused on providing services to communities affected by inequity due to race, gender identity, and/or other characteristics historically linked to discrimination and/or exclusion. Accountable to…more

Headshot of Tricia Raikes, co-founder of the Raikes Foundation

Catalist Conference 2020: Announcing the Keynote Speaker

We are well on our way to designing a conference that will bring powerful voices to highlight the theme PowerUP! The Spark that Ignites Change!  We are excited to announce that Tricia Raikes, the co-founder of the Raikes Foundation and a long-time WaWF member will be the keynote speaker at our opening plenary dinner on…more

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

A couple weeks ago, we shared some key takeaways learned...

What We Learned: Changing Our Grant Criteria

In 2019, Washington Women’s Foundation changed our grant criteria for...

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

At WA Women's Foundation, we are dedicated to becoming more...

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