The Women's Fund
Women are the central threads of our community.
When a woman thrives, her family thrives.
When a family thrives, the community thrives.
The Women's Fund invests in women and girls now to create a better future for us all. We bring people together, identify community priorities, fund solutions, and invest time and talent to generate change. The Women’s Fund is part of a global movement, one of 160+ organizations in the Women’s Funding Network. Together, we are transforming the lives of women and girls and creating lasting impact on the communities in which they live.
Since 2007, more than $500,000 has been granted to organizations improving the lives of womens and girls in Monterey County. Be sure to read the 2011 The Lives of Women & Girls in Monterey County Status Report which reveals issues of key importance to women and girls in Monterey County and what you can do to help. For more information on the the report or Women's Fund grantmaking, please contact Julie Drezner, Vice President of Grants and Programs at 831.375.9712 x112.
Although the needs of women and girls in Monterey County will shift over time, the need to invest in them will remain constant. The Women's Fund is an endowment that insures that there are permanent resources to meet those changing needs. A percentage of the fund’s value is available to grant each year while the principal remains intact and is invested, enabling the fund to make grants in perpetuity. We invite you to partner with us. For more information, please contact Dan Baldwin, President/CEO or Christine Dawson, Director of Resource Development. at 831.375.9712.
The Women's Fund commissioned research on the Lives of Women & Girls in Monterey County to determine the most pressing needs of women and girls in our region.
- 2013 Second year of $75,000 in Women's Economic Opportunity grants to help women become economically self-sufficient
- 2012 Launched six-agency Girls' Health in Girls' Hands collaborative
- 2011 Sponsored the Lives of Women & Girls in Monterey County Status Report
- 2011 Began Women's Fund Endowment Campaign
- 2010 Granted record $85,000 for Girls' Health and Women's Economic Empowerment
- 2009 Completed the planning phase and presented findings of Girls' Health in Girls' Hands Made the first micro-loan to Kathleen Green, Stone Green Studios
- 2008 Established the WBELP loan fund at 1st Capital Bank
Launched the Girls’ Health in Girls’ Hands Action Research Project
- 2007 Partnered with El Pajaro CDC to develop the first education and micro-loan program for women in the county, the Women’s Business and Education Loan Program (WBELP)
- 2004 Funded First Glance, the first separate research report on women and girls in Monterey County