Q1 2021 Impact - Women's Foundation California


by 2023

Our path to a feminist future is integrated and our approach is intersectional. Rooted in our values, we’ve built a strategic roadmap for the next three years to build towards that future across our invest, train, and connect strategy. 

Our Roadmap


Wills Started

Wills are not just for rich people with oodles of money. A will is a tool and we want more people to have access to that tool through our partnership with FreeWill.

We are tremendously grateful to people across our community who have built gifts to Women’s Foundation California into their wills that ensure that women of color and gender non-conforming folks are resourced to create the feminist future we know is possible.

Start Your Will


Ballots Cast

One way we show up is by moving money towards individuals and organizations that are advancing the work of our democracy. As part of our Relief and Resilience Fund, we provided grants to Courage California Institute, Inland Empire Fund, and Alliance San Diego to organize around the gubernatorial recall election.

Grant Partners


Teammates Stronger

Our team is two people stronger with Rosa Palmerin crunching the numbers and Alexandra Beltran pinch hitting to help our Solís Policy Institute run smoothly.

Meet the Team


to End Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a pandemic within a pandemic.

To continue to interrupt this cycle, we partnered with Blue Shield of California Foundation for the second year to provide $1.8M in grants to 130 domestic violence organizations across the state.



New SPI Fellows

The folks closest to the problem are also closest to the solutions we need for our laws, our communities, and ourselves. With this as our guiding principle, we recruited a new Solís Policy Institute State class. From criminal justice reform to reproductive rights, these 25 leaders are conducting their own policy research, drafting bills, and connecting with the legislator to change the course of California’s feminist future.

Meet the Class


Masks Distributed

Hear more from attorney, author, and activist Monica Ramirez as she talks up the #Masks4Migrants campaign to protect migrant families at the U.S. border on our Kiskadee podcast or listen to Bia interviewing filmmaker Julie Cohen discussing the newly released documentary My Name is Pauli Murray.

Listen to Kiskadee


Transgender Cultural District

We teamed up with board member Aria Sa’id for an Instagram takeover.  As founder and Executive Director of the first Transgender Cultural District, Aria gave us the tea on the shared connections between the LGBTQ+ community and Black Lives Matter, and the need to center our most at-risk communities in order to achieve true equality.



Young Changemakers

We are here for the next generation of feminists! That’s why this year we created the Summer Leadership Institute as part of California Women Rising. This virtual program brought young women and femme folks of color to learn, lead and network with each other across California.

California Women Rising

Buy 1

Give 1

To keep our communities healthy and safe, we’re continuing to mask up.

We pushed a Buy One, Give One mask promotion to support our amazing grant partners Haven’s Women’s Center and Parent Voices. 100% of money raised from the masks go directly to our Relief and Resilience Fund.



Opportunities to Keep Learning

We shared some our own thoughts and reflections on the term “womxn” and the challenges and opportunities of gendered-language more broadly. As always, we turned to the brilliance of our community for guidance on where we go from here.

Words about Words


Speaking Up

Whether we signing on to an open letter or speaking on a panel, we are ready to shift the field of philanthropy. We know that growing a powerful field of feminist philanthropists at every level of giving is an essential element of advancing gender justice.

Feminist Philanthropy

Looking Ahead

Merch Madness

Making Money Moves

Growing Our Grants

Merch Madness

Gender justice looks good on you. We are collaborating with Chucha Marquez to launch a limited edition capsule collection in our merch shop.


Making Money Moves

Financial security is a feminist issue! Back by popular demand, we are hosting the second round of financial education workshops with Saundra Davis as part of California Women Rising.


Growing Our Grants

We are committed to continuing to move more and more money out the door to our grant partners building power in their communities and shifting culture across the state of California.


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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