Current Grant Partners

In FY 2015-16, we made 106 grants totaling $2,309,617. In comparison to the previous fiscal year, this is a 40 percent increase in both grants made and in grant funds. To learn more about the organizations we've funded in the past, see our grant partners from FY 2013-14 and FY 2014-15.


Foundation Initiatives

Reproductive Health, Rights & Justice Fund - $465,000

  • $30,000 to ACCESS Women’s Health Justice for general operating support.
  • $30,000 to ACT for Women and Girls for general operating support.
  • $25,000 to American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California for support of the Statewide reproductive justice project.
  • $15,000 to Black Women for Wellness for Sisters in Control reproductive justice project which aims to increase participation of Black women and girls in reproductive health issues
  • $40,000 to California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom for general operating support.
  • $30,000 to California Latinas for Reproductive Justice for general operating support.
  • $20,000 to California Women’s Law Center for Plan C: Assessing Liability and Increasing Access to Self Induction Project.
  • $30,000 to Forward Together for reproductive justice advocacy in California.
  • $15,000 to Khmer Girls in Action for general operating support.
  • $25,000 to Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project for the Cuidando Mi Cuerpo (Caring for My Body) project.
  • $15,000 to Movement Strategy Center/Positive Women’s Network for enhancing sexual and reproductive rights of women living with HIV.
  • $15,000 to Nation Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (Oasis for Girls) for the building across movements project aiming to connect AAPI leaders around key reproductive justice issues in California.
  • $30,000 to New Generation Health Center/The Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice for general operating support.
  • $15,000 to Our Family Coalition for Queer Women’s Right to Choose and Protect Their Own Families project focused on engaging LBTQ parents to advocate for reproductive rights and family equity.
  • $10,000 to Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties for abortion care services.
  • $20,000 to Planned Parenthood of San Diego and Riverside Counties for general operating support of services and advocacy work in Imperial County.
  • $15,000 to Planned Parenthood Shasta-Diablo (also known as PP Northern California) for general operating support focused on services in underserved rural areas of the State.
  • $20,000 to Training in Early Abortion for Comprehensive Healthcare (TEACH) for general operating support.
  • $20,000 to Women’s Community Clinic for general operating support.
  • $30,000 to Women’s Health Specialists for the Choice of Provider project.

The Foundation also approved three grants to support the Stronger California Advocates Network on repealing the MFG bill and supporting WPI Alumni who are part of the Roundtable of the Coalition:

  • $5,000 to Equal Right Advocates
  • $5,000 to California Latinas for Reproductive Justice
  • $5,000 to Mujeres Unidas y Activas

The Inland Region Capacity Building Project - $186,000

Four grants of $15,000 each to focus on voter-turnout and civic engagement capability, strategic development of the Inland Region Collaborative to support increased capacity and strengthening coordination within the region:

  • California Partnership/Center for Community Change
  • Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability
  • TODEC Legal Center
  • Family Assistance Program/IREN

Seven grants for $18,000 each to support capacity building for civic engagement work and participation in the Inland Empowerment Collaborative:

  • California Partnership/Center for Community Change
  • Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice
  • Communities for a New California Education Fund
  • Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement
  • Inland Congregations United for Change
  • Inland Region Equality Network
  • TODEC Legal Center

Women’s Economic Mobility (WEM) - $555,000

  • $85, 000 to El Sol Neighborhood Educational Center to provide one-on-one coaching and support groups to assist a minimum of 125 home care providers through the training and employment process.
  • $90,000 to Job Train to serve190 low-income women who will gain job skills and wrap-around support services in 16 week Health Care Classes accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, followed by an externship.
  • $75,000 to Mixteco Indigena Community Organizing Project to recruit and train at least 12 bilingual or trilingual community leaders to be professional interpreters and promotores.
  • $85,000 to Taller San Jose Hope Builders to serve 250 young women in various stages of its 28-month Healthcare programming, including life skills and counseling services, links to apprenticeships, and employment placement/retention supports.
  • $105,000 to Goodwill Serving the People of Southern Los Angeles County to train and advance women through the Certified Nurse Assistant Training Academy and expand access by implementing evening and weekend training classes for up to 60 women.
  • $105,000 to Homebridge to provide one-on-one coaching, support groups and career advancement opportunities to a minimum of 125 home care providers.
  • $5,000 to Worker Education & Resource Center to participate and engage in the Women’s Economic Mobility Initiative’s learning community.
  • $5,000 to the Washington Area Women’s Foundation for Prosperity Together

Special Projects - $10,000

  • $10,000 to Impact Hub Oakland for the Oakland Breaking the Silence Town Hall.


Giving Circle Grants

Economic Development and Justice (EDJe) - $105,000

  • $50,000 to California Childcare Resource and Referral Network’s Parent Voices collaborative for general operating support.
  • $30,000 to Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth (MISSSEY), Inc. for general operating support.
  • $25,000 to the Women’s Foundation of California for a WPI fellow as part of the childcare cohort.

Race, Gender and Human Rights Giving Circle – $597,500 with made grants a few times this year

  • $1,000 to A New Way of Life to sponsor the 2015 Justice on Trial Film Festival in Los Angeles.
  • $70,000 to A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project for general operating support.
  • $40,000 to California Coalition for Women Prisoners for general operating support.
  • $5,000 to California Criminal Justice Funders Network (hosted by the Women’s Foundation of California) to strengthen connections, shared learning and collaboration toward advancing criminal justice reform in California.
  • $60,000 to Californians United for a Responsible Budget for general operating support.
  • $20,000 to Community Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment for general operating support.
  • $20,000 to Critical Resistance for general operating support.
  • $15,000 to Dignity and Power Now for the Building Resilience project.
  • $50,000 to Ella Baker Center on Human Rights for general operating support.
  • $15,000 to Essie Justice Group for the Women with Incarcerated Loves Ones project.
  • $50,000 to Justice Now for general operating support of the Gender Justice Campaign.
  • $10,000 to Legal Services for Prisoners with Children to train and provide skills to formerly incarcerated people and families with incarcerated loved ones to take leadership in state and local policy advocacy in California.
  • $70,000 to Legal Services to Prisoners with Children for general operating support.
  • $1,500 to Starting Over to support a Strong Communities Forum in Riverside County.
  • $15,000 to Starting Over for the Increasing Awareness & Changing Perceptions: Creating Employment Opportunities for Reentering Women project.
  • $60,000 to Time for Change Foundation for general operating support.
  • $30,000 to Transgender, Gender Variant, and Intersex Justice Project for general operating support.
  • $15,000 to the Women’s Foundation of California for the Women’s Policy Institute County Program to include a 3-6 fellow criminal justice cohort.
  • $50,000 to the Women's Foundation of California for the Women's Policy Institute - Criminal Justice.

Violet’s Giving Circle - $40,000

  • $10,000 to Homeboy Industries to support Homegirl Café & Catering which assists high-risk and formerly gang-involved young women to become contributing members of their community through training in restaurant service and culinary arts.
  • $10,000 to New Village Girls Academy for their college transition program, which provides critical support for pregnant or parenting students, as they prepare to graduate and move to post-secondary institutions.
  • $10,000 to Women in Non Traditional Employment Roles to extend opportunities to economically disadvantaged women and youth in Southern California and to empower them to achieve economic self-sufficiency.
  • $10,000 to WriteGirl to support the Bold Futures component of their successful mentoring program which will provide college entrance guidance, internships, job skills training, leadership development and support for WriteGirl graduates who have enrolled in college.

Women Give San Diego - $99,117

  • $20,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County for the Beyond School Walls, Sister-2-Sister program which is a workplace mentoring initiative that connects middle school girls from low socioeconomic communities to educated, professional female mentors in a workplace environment.
  • $39,117 to Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges to support the Office Professional Training program which provides job training, personal/crisis counseling, and job placement services to unemployed individuals.
  • $10,000 to United Women’s East Africa Support Team for an Economic Sufficiency Program supporting East African young women and girls in central San Diego.
  • $30,000 to Vista Hill to support the Parentcare Alumni Training Program which educates and mentors women in preparation for employment or education leading to employment.

Women GO!  - $73,000

  • $10,000 to Able Works for LiveAble: Women project to provide peer support and individualized coaching for low-income single mothers ages 18-30.
  • $18,000 to Each One Reach One for the Community Bridges Program to support detained young women through theater, computer coding courses, and health and life skills classes.
  • $15,000 to Girls to Women for general operating support to serve young girls in after-school and summer enrichments programs to increase attendance and obtain placement in academic track middle-schools at higher rates.
  • $15,000 to Puente de la Costa Sur for general operating support to increase awareness of community services, offer internship opportunities, and support women's empowerment.
  • $15,000 to Somos Mayfair for the second phase of In Our Hands project to continue the impact of parent engagement, early school success, and leadership development.

Donor Advised Funds

Deborah Drysdale Donor Advised Fund - $10,500 in general operating grants

  • $500 to Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship/Creative Startups
  • $1,000 to Tides Center/Chicken & Egg Pictures
  • $2,000 to Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
  • $1,000 to Demos A Network for Ideas and Action
  • $1,000 to Race Forward
  • $3,000 to Women Donors Network
  • $2,000 to American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California

Khan and Terry Donor Advised Fund - $3,500 in general operating grants

  • $1,000 to Political Research Associates
  • $1,000 to Proteus Fund/Third Wave Fund
  • $1,000 to Outright Action International
  • $500 to Alliance for Justice

YWCA Mid-Peninsula Donor Advised Fund - $165,000

  • $ 10,000 to 10 Books A Home to work with preschool-aged children and their parents for two years from ages 3-5 by providing a one hour lesson in the home once a week.
  • $10,000 to Able Works to support the LiveAble: Women program which brings economic self‐sufficiency to female head of households ages 18‐30, and their children, by helping them with individualized coaching, credit counseling, goal setting, educational and career planning, access to affordable housing, jobs and other needed resources.
  • $10,000 to Asian Americans for Community Involvement for the Asian Women’s Home which offers vital life-saving services to individuals and families affected by domestic violence including emergency shelter, legal and social services advocacy, and a 24-hour hotline.
  • $10,000 to Californians for Justice for the Girls Leadership Development and Empowerment Program which trains and empowers young women to get involved with advocacy work aimed at improving public education in California.
  • $10,000 to Facing History and Ourselves for general operating support to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry.
  • $10,000 to Girl Scouts of Northern California to support the Got Choices program which is a prevention and intervention program designed to reduce risky behaviors, increase protective factors and support positive, informed decision making in girls, ages 11-18, who are adjudicated or at high risk for becoming involved with the juvenile justice system.
  • $10,000 to Maitri $10,000 for general operating support to foster self-reliance and self-confidence in South Asian women and their children who have been impacted by domestic violence, human trafficking, family conflict, and cultural isolation.
  • $10,000 to IGNITE for general operating support to provide civic education, exposure to women in political leadership, hands on training and work opportunities, and a peer network of women who support each other's aspirations for civic and political leadership.
  • $10,000 to Nuestra Casa de East Palo Alto for the Red Comunitaria Promotora program to increase civic participation and promote economic self-sustainability of the Latino immigrant population of East Palo Alto.
  • $5,000 to Rho Delta Omega -Ivy & Pearls for general operating support of their educational enrichment programs for high school students and for their health promotion and environmental ownership programming.
  • $10,000 to Teen Success for general operating support to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty by helping teen mothers graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education, delay additional children until adulthood, and get on a path to long-term self-sufficiency and wellbeing.
  • $10,000 to Women’s Foundation of California to support the Women’s Policy Institute.
  • $10,000 to YWCA Berkeley/Oakland for general operating support to reach out to the East Bay community linking UC Berkeley students and other volunteers to serve the needs of women and girls, underserved youth, immigrants, at-risk youth, international students, and other community members.
  • $10,000 to YWCA Monterey County for general operating support to provide advocacy training, trauma-focused counseling, legal advocacy, youth violence prevention, emergency shelter and case management.
  • $10,000 to YWCA Silicon Valley for the Family Justice Center and Leaders in Action Projects to support those in greatest need so that victims will become victors, individuals will become self-sufficient, and surviving will be transformed into thriving.
  • $10,000 to YWCA Sonoma County for general operating support with a local goal to end domestic violence in Sonoma County through awareness, education and empowerment.
  • $10,000 to YWCA of Watsonville for general operating support with a focus on early education and youth development.