OVERVIEW: This funder supports the advancement of women and girls through equal opportunities and leadership in Washington State. Grants are made through open RFP processes and by invitation.
FUNDING AREAS: Women and girls, leadership, equal wages, economic opportunity
IP TAKE: There are lots of ways to get your foot in the door with this funder, so consider attending an event or volunteering before sending in a grant request. Lately, WFA has been focused on closing the gender wage gap and getting more women into leadership positions.
PROFILE: The Women’s Funding Alliance is a locally focused group that aims to improve the lives of women and girls in Washington. WFA has been on the philanthropy scene here for over three decades and is based in Seattle. It was founded by a small group of community leaders who initially were met with considerable pushback and challenges. To explain its commitment to women and girls, WFA points to underrepresentation in the Washington State Legislature and corporation boards, the wage gap, and the poverty level.
The funder’s biggest recent interests have been leadership and economic opportunity for women and girls. You can learn more about current issues and trends in WFA’s The Status of Women in Washington: Forging Pathways to Leadership and Economic Opportunity. But overall, there are six issue areas that this funder supports with grants: women’s leadership, women’s political participation, women’s philanthropy, narrowing the wage gap, increasing women’s long-term financial stability, and engaging girls in STEM programs. In a recent year, WFA invested over $500,000 in 49 organizations to directly affect over 170,000 women and girls in Washington.
WFA offers many ways to get involved with the organization, including applying for a grant. Grantseekers will find postings of available grant opportunities on the Apply for a Grant page.
WFA likes to develop long-term relationships with grantees and to support them through ongoing missions. However, WFA does not make multiyear grant commitments. Instead, it invests in programs that expand the scope of a proven program, test new innovations, or build infrastructure and systems. General operating support grants are occasionally awarded assuming they don’t exceed 15 percent of an organization’s total budget and if that budget is less than $2 million. Sponsorship grants are also awarded, however, fundraising events are not. In addition to nonprofits, WFA also makes grants to Native American tribal governments and agencies in Washington State.
WFA awards grants through open RFP processes and by invitation. Grantseekers are welcome to introduce their work to the funder by emailing Jessica Cafferty at firstname.lastname@example.org for leadership-focused work.
The funder also hosts community engagement events, film screenings, and town hall events. General questions can be directed to the staff at 206-467-6733. All staff email addresses are posted on the funder’s About page.