Economic Development and Justice Giving Circle

We are a small group of donors who support nonprofits that increase low-income women and girls’ economic security. Since our inception in 1999, we have made over $3 million in grants, mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Economic security means that women have the financial and social resources they need to comfortably meet their individual and families’ needs. Economic security drives the health, safety, education and future prospects of women, families and communities. Yet, a dramatically widening income gap, income inequality and the lingering effects of state budget cuts jeopardize the economic security of women in our state.

Currently, our primary funding areas are:

  • Access to childcare for low-income families—We believe the lack of reliable, safe and affordable childcare hinders low-income women’s ability to work at jobs that provide a living wage and successfully stay employed. 
  • Sex Trafficking—Recently, we have begun to respond to data indicating that the Bay Area is a major hub for sex trafficking and are looking at the most effective ways to combat this problem. We are currently funding groups working with the most vulnerable girls and are looking forward to 2014-15 when we will be going deeper into understanding this issue and connecting with regional collaboratives working on this issue.

Our yearly cycle begins in October and ends in June, which is when we collaboratively make decisions on where to allocate our pooled funds. Throughout the year, we meet monthly and focus on learning more about our priority issues by inviting speakers and experts to engage with us. During our monthly meetings we also explore various topics of interest to circle members, such as wealth, class and privilege.

We use an experiential approach to learn grantmaking by generating our grant applicant pool, crafting an RFP (Request for Proposal), evaluating grant proposals, conducting site visits and ultimately deciding which nonprofit applicants best meet our goals.  Our grants range from $15,000 to $30,000 each.

Although our members have different giving capacities, each member contributes a minimum of $5,000 each year. For some members, this is the largest gift they make while other members elect to contribute more to EDJe.

If you are interested in learning more about joining our giving circle, please contact Rhiannon Rossi, Giving Circle Manager at the Women’s Foundation of California. Her contact information is: or 510-740-2519.


EDJe Grant Partners 2015-2016 (PDF)

EDJe Grant Partners 2014-2015 (PDF)

EDJe Grant Partners 2013-2014 (PDF)

EDJe Grant Partners 2012-2013 (PDF)

EDJe Grant Partners 2011-2012 (PDF)

EDJe Grant Partners 2010-2011 (PDF)

EDJe Grant Partners 2009-2010 (PDF)

EDJe Grant Partners 2008-2009 (PDF)

EDJe Grant Partners 2007-2008 (PDF)