OVERVIEW: This funder supports causes that seek to break the cycle of generational poverty among women and girls in the five-county Atlanta metro area, and promote economic self-sufficiency.
FUNDING AREAS: Women and girls in the Atlanta area, poverty, education
IP TAKE: This funder is all about self-sufficiency, so whether your program is for education or something else, make sure this theme is at the heart of your pitch.
PROFILE: The Atlanta Women’s Foundation (AWF) was originally established as a fund in 1986 that was part of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. It established itself as an independent foundation in 1998 and is the only public foundation in the state of Georgia solely dedicated to women and girls. Specifically, AWF supports groups that improve the lives of females living in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties.
Over the years, AWF has invested over $13 million into 250+ Atlanta-area nonprofits that help local women and girls move from poverty to economic self-sufficiency. Breaking the cycle of generational poverty is at the heart of this funder’s mission. One recent grant cycle, for example, focused on education and life skills for women and girls to increase high school graduation rates, provide educational opportunities and improve job skills. The foundation launched a two-year initiative, the Promoting Women’s Mental Health & Wellbeing Project, in partnership with Kaiser Permanente of Georgia, to support mental health for women and girls.
Local grantmaking is the main objective of this funder, however, it also supports public policy efforts that extend beyond the Atlanta area. AWF also produces community programs, including Community Connection, which promotes economic independence for low-income women through life skills training, education and career assistance.
The other big community program here is called Women on the Board, which aims to help women tap into their own leadership abilities to increase the number of women on nonprofit boards in Metro Atlanta. AWF also offers the Sue Wieland Award, a special annual grant of $10,000 given to one of the funder’s grantee partner organizations.
Information about recent, current and upcoming grant cycles can be found on the funder’s apply for a grant page, where you can download an application. At least 75 percent of a program's clients must reside in the five-county service area to be eligible for a program grant or a general operating grant. This is a funder that accepts funding requests for overhead costs and administrate expenses as part of programs. Grantseekers should know, however, that AWF does not award multi-year grants.
You can view a list of recent grantees and learn about their causes here. Programs that have caught this funder's attention include ones for mentoring, after-school and summer camp learning, job readiness and financial literacy.
To keep up with what AWF is doing in the Atlanta area, follow the funder’s news section and blog. General inquiries can be directed to the six-woman staff at email@example.com, and each staff member’s direct phone extension is listed on the contact page.
- Kelly Dolan, Executive Director
- DiShonda Hughes, Mission Director
- Kelley Zinger Pethel, Development and Events Manager