Pooled Fund Grant Committee update

Pooled Fund Grants 2020: Top 25 Organizations

The Pooled Fund Grant Committee began reviewing LOIs in January and has selected 25 organizations to submit full proposals. This fall we revised our grant criteria slightly in response to feedback from members and nonprofit organizations. To learn more about those changes, read this blog post. We seek to support and collectively make grants to…more

Funding Arts & Equity: Partner Grant Reflection

We are pleased to announce the award of the 2019 Fall Diversity Partner Grant focused on Arts & Equity. Our committee of 12 participants selected the Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Olympia to receive our full award of $12,500. Committee members included: Diane Altman Dautoff, Julie Burg, Betty Drumheller, Pamela Eakes, Marianne Emerson, Jill Hearne,…more

Experimenting with Participatory Grantmaking: Partner Grant Reflection

Two of Washington Women’s Foundation’s values are sharing power and being in community. When we first heard about participatory grantmaking, it seemed like something we had to try, because it was so clearly aligned with these values. This model of grantmaking includes community members as decision-makers, bringing individuals who are part of the community a…more

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Board Blogs: What We’re Learning through WA Women’s Foundation’s Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion (DEI) Work

The pursuit of diversity, equity and inclusion is not a check mark. It is a transformational process that begins with personal learning and reflection on both individual and collective beliefs and behaviors. It is a steadfast commitment to shared values and goals, and the determination to ensure policies and practices advance equity within an organization….more

Reflections on Intersect 2019

This year marked the third time Washington Women’s Foundation hosted a full-day conference, Intersect: Join the Conversation. Our conference theme was justice-driven philanthropy, and it was inspired by the following quote from an article by Dorian O. Burton and Brian C.B. Barnes in the Stanford Social Innovation Review: “Ultimately, real change will come only when all…more

Community Blog: Walking Towards Strong Latinx-Led Nonprofits and a Capacity Building Network Centered Around Equity

Washington Nonprofits (www.washingtonnonprofits.org) makes sure nonprofits have what they need to succeed. It does this through three core programs: learning, advocacy, and engagement. Washington Nonprofits is invited into communities by local community foundations, networks, and organizations like La Casa Hogar. In 2018, it delivered 152 learning events in 26 counties, including the Central Washington Conference…more

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

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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


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