OVERVIEW: The Women’s Foundation of California seeks organizations that strengthen women’s rights and economic well-being.
IP TAKE: This funder supports local, grassroots and statewide women’s groups. It has also undergone major transformation; as a result, it’s grantmaking is more streamlined. It still offers general operating support, among other funds.
PROFILE: Since 1979, the Women’s Foundation of California has taken an intersectional and inclusive approach to grantmaking as it ultimately sees itself as a feminist organization that works towards racial, gender, and economic justice. It conducts grantmaking across California, the fifth largest global economy. The Women’s Foundation of California is dedicated to “achieving gender, racial, and economic justice by centering the experience and expertise of communities most impacted by systemic injustice.” It’s grantmaking is guided by “three core strategic pillars: invest, train, and connect.” The foundation focuses on organizations that work to benefit women in California, specifically through economic mobility, reproductive health and rights, civic engagement and economic security.
The foundation’s grantmaking recently underwent a major transformation, collapsing separate programs into one, large grantmaking vechicle. Rather than name specific programs, its grantmaking remains broad in order to address the wide range of evolving needs in the California community. The foundation supports a range of issues from “community organizing, policy advocacy, civic participation, integrated voter engagement, and culture change in three core issue areas: economic security, health, and safety including organizations working to address pay equity, affordable childcare, workplace protections, access to education, gender-based violence, criminal justice reform, reproductive health and justice, [to] environmental health and justice.” The Women’s Foundation of California also offers support through its Culture Change Fund and the California Gender Justice Funders Network.
Grants typically range from $5,000 to $100,000. Past foundation grantees include ACCESS Women’s Health Justice, A New Way of Life Reentry Project, and Training in Early Abortion for Comprehensive Healthcare. The foundation also offers several policy training opportunities.
The foundation does not accept unsolicited applications. Grantseekers are encouraged to sign up for its email list for information on open funding opportunities.
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