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

Reflecting on the 2020 Pooled Fund Grant Committee

We asked Lorraine del Prado to share a reflection from this past year’s Pooled Fund Grant Committee. Lorraine has been a member since 2011 and has served on the Pooled Fund Grant and Diversity Partner Grant Committees. She also served on the Pooled Fund Grant Task Force and the Board’s Resource Development Committee. I believe…more

And the 2020 Grantees are…

Earlier this week, Washington Women’s Foundation members announced five recipients of $100,000 grants from the Foundation’s Pooled Fund and five $10,000 Merit Award winners, totaling $550,000 in grants, our largest single day of grantmaking in our history. In the 25 years since the Foundation’s inception, our members have influenced transformation in communities across Washington State…more

Pooled Fund Grants 2020: Final 14 Organizations

We’re excited to share another update from the 2020 Pooled Fund Grant Committee! Since our last blog post, your fellow members adapted to the global coronavirus pandemic to discuss the 25 proposals submitted to Washington Women’s Foundation online. Together, they thoughtfully reflected on the updated grant criteria to make decisions about which 14 organizations would receive a…more

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

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

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

Pooled Fund Grants 2019: Final 15 Organizations

We’re excited to share another update from the 2019 Pooled Fund Grant Committee! Since our last blog post, this group of 65 members have been reading and discussing the 25 proposals submitted to Washington Women’s Foundation. Using new curriculum and updated resources, they thoughtfully reflected on the new grant criteria to make decisions about which organizations to…more

Pooled Fund Grants 2019: Top 25 Organizations

Since the beginning of January, members of the 2019 Pooled Fund Grant Committee have been reading and discussing 368 Letters of Inquiry submitted to Washington Women’s Foundation this past fall. Using new curriculum and updated resources, they thoughtfully reflected on the new grant criteria to make decisions about which organizations to invite to submit full…more

Transforming Together 2020: Details on New Grant Making Criteria

Our Pooled Fund grant making cycle begins in September of each year, and our Letter of Inquiry process will open September 24. As you know, through our Pooled Fund, our members currently invest in the five areas which we believe are the foundational elements of a thriving community – Arts & Culture, Education, the Environment,…more

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