Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona

OVERVIEW: The Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona supports organizations and programs that work towards social, political, and economic change for women and girls. Funding is focused on Pima, Cochise, and Santa Cruz counties. 

FUNDING AREAS: Social, political, and economic change for women and girls

IP TAKE: Pitch a program to this funder that targets multiple generations of women at once or that gets young local women involved in the giving spirit of philanthropy and community service. 

PROFILE: Since 1991, the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona (WFSA) has been awarding grants to benefit women and girls. This is a funder that goes beyond just grantmaking to connect, advocate, invest, and take action for this cause. The foundation aims to “collaborate to achieve social, political and economic change that empowers women and girls.”

Areas of interest for this women’s group funder have included a two-generational approach to needs of low-income single mothers and their children, helping women increase their income and assets, and changing workplace policies to improve conditions for women. Sexual violence, LGBTQ+ issues, and healthcare are also interests. Current priorities are set by the community-based volunteer board of trustees. Economic security and self-sufficiency are at the heart of WFSA giving.

WFSA has been awarding unrestricted grants in the range of $25,000 to $40,000. In a recent year, the funder awarded over $700,000 to more than 30 groups. View lists of current and past recipients on the funder’s grants page. This Tucson-based funder awards unrestricted grants for programs in Pima, Cochise and Santa Cruz counties. Only groups in Southern Arizona are considered for funding, and target populations include the following: girls, women of color, older women, women and girls with disabilities, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, low-income women and girls, women and girls outside Metropolitan Tucson, immigrant, undocumented, and refugee women and girls, and incarcerated women.

WFSA accepts unsolicited grant applications and announces its next grant cycle deadlines for the Unidas program in early September and for the annual grant cycle in the late fall. Direct general questions to the WFSA staff at 520-622-8886 or to CEO Dawne Bell at dbell@womengiving.org.


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