Start Something In Your Community

WA Women’s Foundation pioneered the concept of women’s large-scale, collective grant making more than two decades ago. Our model has inspired scores of other organizations around the country and throughout the world. We invite you to join the transformation and start something in your community today!

Build a Collective in Your Community

WA Women’s Foundation Grant Notebook

WA Women’s Foundation’s Grant Notebook is the quintessential guide for organizations or individuals wishing to discover the power of collective giving. The Notebook provides a step-by-step guide through our hands-on grant making process. This guide is available for purchase and download below. To preview a few pages of the Grant Notebook, CLICK HERE.


Something Ventured: An Innovative Model in Philanthropy

Written by WA Women’s Foundation co-founder Colleen S. Willoughby in 2002, this booklet offers practical advice and basic resources to help other women organize grant making collectives in their communities. This booklet is available for purchase and download below. To preview a few pages of Something Ventured, CLICK HERE.


Join Our National Network

WA Women’s Foundation is part of a larger philanthropic collective that welcomes new collective giving groups into membership. In 2008, WA Women’s co-founder Colleen Willoughby joined with a group of like-minded leaders to launch the Women’s Collective Giving Grantmaking Network (WCGN), which became Philanos in 2020. Philanos was created to build and amplify the power of women’s collective giving and grant making and is now a nationally-recognized authority in women’s philanthropic leadership.

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Philanos supports the creation, development, and expansion of women’s collective giving nationwide to build women’s leadership and amplify the power of giving together. Philanos programs include monthly educational conference calls, a members’ only website, and bi-annual conferences. To learn more visit Philanos’s website here or contact them at