THE IDEA WAS SIMPLE; THE APPROACH BROKE NEW GROUND. In 1995, Colleen Willoughby and four other visionary women, Rhoda Altom, Suzanne Lile Hunter, Anne V. Farrell, and Faye Sarkowsky, established the Washington Women’s Foundation. Together, they gathered over a hundred smart, talented, and motivated women, who agreed to combine resources to tackle the most complex issues facing our communities. The result was a then-new model of women-powered philanthropy rooted in community. We knew from the start that our collective impact is more powerful and more enduring than what any one of us can do alone. Today we uphold the groundbreaking spirit that has long been part of our DNA. And now that we’ve become a model for others around the country, we’re asking: what’s next?

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