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:
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:
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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