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

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

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

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

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Letter from the President & CEO: WA Women’s Foundation and Women’s Funding Alliance

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Pooled Fund Grants 2020: Top 25 Organizations

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