Each one of us has the power to transform our community. Each time we invest in women and girls, we help unravel the fabric of poverty and begin to weave a tapestry of prosperity.
Poverty Among the Powerful.
In our region, one in five women and girls lives in poverty. That means over 200,000 women and girls struggle everyday to get the basics required to take care of their families.
Imagine that after paying for housing and child care, what you have left is $15 per day—$15 per day to pay for everything that you and your family need: food, clothing, transportation, medicine, school supplies . . . everything. That’s what one in every five mothers in our region struggles with every day.
Building a Future.
Washington Area Women’s Foundation invested in programs that in the last two years helped 2,400 women increase their assets and income by $13 million! Thank you—we couldn’t have done it without you!
We helped women like Deborah, a single mom living in a one bedroom apartment who had a dream of something more for her son Dion, and the drive to attain it. She needed knowledge, counseling, and encouragement—all of which she received under the tutelage of the staff of the Homebuyers Club at Manna, Inc., a Women’s Foundation Grantee Partner. Her first steps included opening a dedicated savings account for her home purchase, reviewing her finances monthly with Manna staff, and making daily decisions to sacrifice in the short-term for her long-term goal, all the while working three jobs. Three years later she moved into her own home, saying with satisfaction that home ownership, “made me feel my self-worth as an adult.” Deborah is now a thriving member of her community, working with her neighbors to address community concerns and issues.
Stand Together. So She Can Stand on Her Own.
Every day at The Women’s Foundation we are privileged to see the impact that collective giving has on the lives of low-income women and their families. We know that together, everything is possible. Together we can help all women in our region thrive and help change the face of poverty in the U.S.
In 2011, we directed $175,000 to a strategic set of organizations that provide financial education and job training. The return on that investment was $6.7 million!
Our stakeholders support:
- Grantmaking to the most effective nonprofits working to improve economic security for women and girls;
- Research and Education on the needs of women and girls in the region and the policies and strategies that best suit those needs;
- Advocacy to raise awareness of policy issues that affect the economic security of women and girls;
- Mobilizing and engaging the public around the most critical and timely issues impacting women and girls in the DC metro area.
Please stand with us, so women and girls in our region can stand on their own and help transform our community, the region and beyond.