Invest in Women in the Washington DC Metro Area

Mar 12, 2013

Women's Foundation Awards $805,000 in Grants to 23 Local Nonprofits

Thank you for your continued support and interest in Washington Area Women’s Foundation’s Stepping Stones Initiative.  Together, we are working to build the economic security of low-income, women-headed families by focusing resources on three areas: access to high-quality early care and education; jobs with benefits, career pathways, and family-sustaining wages; and financial education and asset building.

In December 2012, The Women’s Foundation awarded grants totaling $805,000 to 23 nonprofits whose work is improving the economic security of low-income women in the Washington metropolitan area. The grants will touch the lives of 5,000 women and children who are living in poverty.

“By investing in effective nonprofits working in these areas, we’re helping our region’s most vulnerable families access the resources they need to thrive,” said Nicky Goren, president of The Women’s Foundation.  “We have the potential to end poverty in the DC metro area by transforming the role economically disadvantaged women and their families play in our economic future.”

Ten of the nonprofits received funding through the Foundation’s Early Care and Education Funders Collaborative (ECEFC), a partnership between national and local private foundations, corporate funders and family foundations to increase access to quality early care and education in the DC metro area. The Grantee Partners are:

  • AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation
  • CentroNía
  • Fairfax Futures
  • Hopkins House
  • Mission: Readiness
  • National Black Child Development Institute
  • Prince George’s Child Resource Center
  • Ready at Five
  • Voices for Virginia’s Children
  • Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts

The remaining nonprofits were funded for their work in financial education, workforce development and jobs. They were chosen because of their focus on giving women and their families the tools they need to increase their assets and obtain jobs with family-sustaining wages and benefits. Those Grantee Partners are:

  • Academy of Hope
  • Capital Area Asset Builders
  • CASA de Maryland Multicultural Center
  • Goodwill of Greater Washington
  • Greater Washington Workforce Development Collaborative
  • Latino Economic Development Center
  • Montgomery College Foundation
  • Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington’s Capital Area Foreclosure Network
  • Northern Virginia Family Service
  • Prince George’s Community College Foundation
  • So Others Might Eat (SOME)
  • The Training Source, Inc.
  • Year Up

In the coming months we hope to expand our grantmaking strategy to address the critical needs of girls and young women as we continue to invest in programs breaking the cycle of poverty. 


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Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat

Vice Presdient
Washington, DC United States

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