The Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona empowers women and girls to improve their lives and communities through 5 forces for change: leadership development, charitable giving, community building, research, and grant-making. We are the only organization in Southern Arizona whose philanthropic activities are dedicated exclusively to programs that serve women and girls.
Recognizing that there are still many barriers that impede the success of women and girls, the Foundation advocates for programs and policies that help women achieve their full potential. The Foundation also takes a strategic approach to philanthropic activities, funding organizations and research that promote economic self-sufficiency.
With the release of The Self-Sufficiency Standard for 2012 and the Status of Women in Southern Arizona reports, the Foundation has become is a leader in educating the region’s opinion leaders about the economic realities facing women and girls.
Leadership development is built into all aspects of the Foundation’s work, from opportunities for community members to serve in volunteer leadership positions to the nationally-recognized Unidas philanthropy program for high school girls. In October 2012, the Unidas program received the Outstanding Youth Philanthropists Award from the Southern Arizona chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Additionally, our collaboration with the Valley Fund for the Advancement of Women and Girls and the University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences helped bring The OpEd Project to Tucson: a year-long fellowship, training women, experts in their fields, to write and place guest opinions in electronic and traditional publications around the globe. In year one their articles were published in The Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review, to name a few.
Since the Foundation’s inception, we have funded hundreds of programs, serving thousands of women and girls in Southern Arizona. A comprehensive process of research and evaluation ensures that donations from the community are thoughtfully directed to programs that can demonstrate long-lasting impact.
The Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona is a supporting organization of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona.