2021 Q4 IMPACT REPORT Report Women's Foundation California



Hosted by our very own Bia Vieira and supported by our Culture Change Fund, our Kiskadee podcast explores women-identified, gender nonconforming, and gender expansive perspectives across the Americas. In these conversations Bia tracks how we are working together to create a post-pandemic future grounded in justice, abundance, hope, and creativity.



People registered

As part of California Women Rising, we advanced financial education across our community through our four-part series Making Your Money Work for You. We produced the series in partnership with The California Endowment, The California Wellness Foundation, and The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation.



New grant partners in June

We added twelve grant partners to our network in June and expanded our dynamic community! These incredible organizations build queer power and work in AAPI communities with a gender-responsive approach. In addition to shifts in our grantmaking approach, we’re proud to share that we closed our fiscal year by investing more money into our wonderful community than at any point in our organization’s history.



First Solís Policy Institute Class

The Dr. Beatriz María Solís Policy Institute, formerly Women’s Policy Institute, now bears the name of a woman who dedicated her life to the transformative power of community. For nearly two decades, the Solís Policy Institute has fundamentally shifted the public policy landscape by uplifting the voices of women and girls of color and gender expansive folks. Bea’s legacy continues as SPI builds power and brings inclusiveness to policymaking in California.



In future planned gifts

Folks across our community are determining their own futures, investing in the next generation of feminist leadership and creating wills and trusts with racial, economic, and gender justice in mind. With gifts ranging from $150 to $1 Million, our Legacy Circle community has grown over 30% in the last year and includes members just entering their twenties and some reveling in their nineties.




How do we make philanthropy better and bolder? We transfer resources to institutions where people of color with meaningful accountability to their communities have the ultimate decision-making power over where dollars go. Join us and over 400 other people, organizations, and institutions as we call on philanthropy to partner with people of color-led, movement-accountable public foundations.



More donations raised

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Sacramento Big Day of Giving to keep more money flowing towards the racial, gender, and economic justice that we champion in Sacramento and beyond. Read why Big Day of Giving is a Big deal to Mazuri Colley, a fourth-generation Sacramentan and WFC staffer.



We are proud of what we’ve accomplished together over the last quarter. As we move towards what comes next, we’re eager to reconnect, rebuild, and reimagine.  

A few highlights on the horizon include:

  • Bringing the Solis Policy Institute back in person in a hybrid model
  • Continuing to grow our team


Team members

Our team at Women’s Foundation California is made up of fierce individuals, inspired connections, and committed networks working together. This quarter we’re proud to add two new full time staff members to our amazing team, Torre Freeman and Stephanie Davidson.



Years of service to qualify for sabbatical

CEO Surina Khan started a four month sabbatical at the end of June. Read her perspective on why sabbaticals are a vital part of how we practice and model care and restoration across teams and movements.



The percentage of our 401(k) that goes to fossil fuels

We’re putting our money where our mouths are! Traditional 401(k) contributions are investments into systemic racism and sexism, economic inequality, and climate injustice. Our team at Women’s Foundation California is divesting from harmful industries like private prisons and fossil fuels and aligning our investment portfolio options with our values.


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