Annual Report 2023 - Women's Foundation California


Dear Friends and Partners,

It is our great pleasure to share with you our 2023 Annual Report.

This report illustrates the work of our incredible community partners and our commitment to a shared vision of health, prosperity, and safety for all. Our work and this report reflect our understanding that those closest to the problems are creating the solutions to advance racial, economic, and gender justice…

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of grant partners are led by gender-expansive folks and women


in direct grantmaking




raised in FY23


growth in continuum member giving




Deep power building is the result of generations of freedom fighters, visionaries, organizers, and supporters who believed in and backed their movements for change. With a focus on meeting partner needs and community well-being, we disbursed nearly 200 grants amounting to over $5.5 million.



Our work is guided by a multifaceted approach that addresses critical issues at the intersection of gender, race, and economics. Whether it’s safeguarding the rights of California’s domestic workers, investing in criminal justice reform, or resourcing organizations committed to reclaiming ancestral lands for Indigenous communities, our commitment is to ensure the health, safety, and prosperity of all.




We believe those closest to systemic problems are best equipped to develop and create the solutions we need. This grounding principle serves as the foundation of our training programs: the Solís Policy Institute, the Summer Leadership Institute, and the Funders Policy Institute.



As a community-supported public foundation, we know that together we can do more. With our events and convenings, we bring together organizers, policy movers, grantmakers, and power builders from across the state to spark new connections, strengthen networks, and build community.


Movement-Building & Making Change

77 Policies Supported

Joined 140+ organizations
To demand the courts uphold the law and respect science in the
People’s Brief to Save Mifepristone 

Senate Bill 357 (Wiener)
The Safer Streets for All Act repealed a harmful section of law that criminalized loitering for the intent to engage in prostitution

Senate Bill 923 (Wiener)
The TGI Inclusive Care Act improves access to gender affirming care for transgender, gender nonconforming, and/or intersex (TGI) people.

Senate Bill 686 (Durazo)
Reintroduced after a heartbreaking veto in 2022, WFC supports the Safety for All Workers Act which would establish health and safety protections for domestic workers under California’s Occupational Safety and Health Act (Cal/OSHA).

California Future
of Abortion Council

Proudly supported the California Future of Abortion Council during their inaugural year as they successfully turned 15 policy recommendations into law and secured over $200 million in budget investments to expand access to abortion and sexual and reproductive health care.

California Gender Justice
Funders Network

Founded in 2017 following the 2016 election, WFC started the California Gender Justice Funders Network. In 2023, we galvanized funders and donors to learn, respond, and strategize following the overturning of Roe v Wade to support building reproductive freedom in California and beyond. 

People Behind the Work

We value a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, trans people, gender nonconforming individuals, and formerly incarcerated people to apply to join our team.



Stewarding Resources for a Common Purpose

Guided by feminist funding principles, our commitment is to provide enduring, sustainable financial support that encompasses administrative costs, flexibility, and multiyear durations. We prioritize transparency and accountability in our grantmaking processes, ensuring simplicity and learning-focused reporting.

(in thousands of dollars)
Revenue, gains & support
Gifts, grants, contributions $11,674
Investment income 223
Total revenues, gains & support 11,897
Grantmaking 10,337
SPI Institutes 2,220
Connect 1,918
Total expenses 14,475
Change in net assets (2,578)
Net assets, beginning of year 19,832
Net assets, end of year $ 17,254
*please note: financial audit is currently in progress



To plant seeds of justice and help generations of women, women of color, and gender-expansive grassroots leaders in California flourish and thrive, we must nourish the soil from which grassroots leaders draw their strength. As a leader in feminist funding, advocacy, and generating power for racial, economic, and gender justice, Women’s Foundation California nurtures visionary community-based leaders and organizations across generations.

Our Campaign for a Feminist Future mobilizes near-term, long-term, and everlasting investments to ensure our movements have not only the resources, but also the trust and the time required to transform our world. To learn more about opportunities to support the Time to Transform Circle, the Dr. Beatriz María Solís Memorial Endowment, the Michele Cale Opportunity Fund, and the Ruth McGuire Legacy Circle, contact Stephanie Green, Chief Strategist for Partnerships.

This work is powered by you.

The feminist future we are building together in California is going to be built by all of us sharing our time, our money, and our skills.  Please consider contributing today.

Together We Are Unstoppable.

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