Our vision is that every woman and girl has what she needs to be healthy, confident and able to fulfill her dreams. When a woman thrives, her family thrives. When a family thrives, the community thrives.
The Community Foundation for Monterey County’s Women’s Fund invests in women and girls now to create a better future for us all. We bring resources together, identify priorities and fund solutions. Together, we are transforming the lives of women and girls and making a difference in their communities.
We want to support women and girls in leadership and policy to address the gaps in economic security and safety. This not only impacts their families, but will also improve the quality of life for our entire community.” – Christine Dawson, CFMC Senior Vice President Philanthropic Services
Creating Pathways (Video)
Learn how the Women’s Fund helps create pathways through leadership, advocacy, education, safety from human trafficking and more.
Impact – Over $2.1 Million Awarded
Since 2003, more than $2.1 million has been granted to organizations improving the lives of women and girls in Monterey County:
- Investing in the Future of Girls – Girls’ Health in Girls’ Hands (GHGH) is an initiative created by the Women’s Fund that empowers local girls. It is comprised of six nonprofit organizations working together for greater impact.
- Creating Opportunity through Scholarships – More than $290,000 has been awarded through 151 scholarships from 2016-2019.
- Advancing Women’s Economic Security – The Women’s Economic Security Initiative helped low-income women in Monterey County, especially those caring for children, gain access to education, training, and support services they need.
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 Endowment ensures that there are permanent resources to meet those needs. We invite you to partner with us. If you would like to contribute, please click the link below.
Fulfilling Dreams: GHGH Scholarships (Video)
See the how Girls’ Health in Girls’ Hands scholarships helps young women in Monterey county achieve their dreams.
Women’s Fund (Virtual) Lunch)
No lunch was held in 2021 due to COVID-19. At the Women’s Fund Virtual Lunch on May 12, 2020, more than $50,000 was raised, including support from our generous sponsors. View the full program including Courageous Leadership with guest speaker Noni Allwood. We appreciate your support of Women and girls in Monterey County!
(:40 Welcome by Tonya Antle; 6:45 Impact of the Women’s Fund with Christine Dawson; 13:32 Leading with Courage with Noni Allwood; 44:57 Closing Remarks by Maija West)
Help Change Lives of Women & Girls
Your gift supports: Leadership and advocacy training, college scholarships, and the Women’s Economic Opportunity Fund.