The Foundation seeks to support and collectively invest in organizations that are reflective of and embedded in the communities they serve, draw on the strengths and assets of these communities, and are accountable to these communities in order to achieve the long-term goals of increasing equity and reducing disparities.
WA Women’s Foundation believes that no person should be excluded from agency services, employment or volunteer participation, and will not fund organizations that engage in unlawful discrimination on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious belief, or for any other discriminatory reason. They also do not fund organizations that serve an exclusively sectarian purpose.
- The total amount of funding pool is determined by the number of members who contribute to the Pooled Fund each year.
- The Foundation seeks to make the largest impact possible with the funds and aim to award five $100,000 grants each year although they may award less if less money is contributed to the Pooled Fund.
Each fall, WA Women’s Foundation partners with another Washington-based foundation in a collaborative grant making process. Partner grants are targeted and applications are considered by invitation only. Our Partner Grants generally fall into one of three categories that reflect the current and evolving interests of our members:
- International: Reflects our collective’s strong interest in global philanthropy and provides more in-depth learning about the work of local nonprofits in countries around the world.
- Diversity: Reflects our collective’s commitment to diversity and inclusiveness and provides more in-depth learning about the needs of communities of color.
- Emerging Issues: Reflects our collective’s interest in being able to rapidly respond to and learn about critical issues facing communities in Washington state.
- Tax Exempt Status. Organization must currently qualify as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) or 7871 of the Internal Revenue Code or be fiscally sponsored by another tax-exempt organization.
- Connection to Washington. Organization must operate programs or provide services within the state of Washington.
WA Women’s Foundation does not fund endowments, pass-through scholarships or out-of-state projects of Washington-based organizations.
This year, the Foundation invites Letters of Inquiry from organizations that meet all the following criteria:
- Is focused on providing services to people affected by inequity due to race and/or gender identity.
- Is accountable to the people being served. “Accountable” can mean one or more of the following:
- Ensures that people being served are visibly leading;
- Develops leadership of the people being served;
- Engages the people being served in ongoing decision-making, planning and assessment; and/or
- Draws on the strengths, assets, and lived experience of the people being served.
- Has an understanding of the root causes of the issues facing the people being served.
- Can demonstrate progress towards reducing disparities and/or achieving more equitable outcomes.
For more information, visit https://wawomensfdn.org/for-nonprofits/