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$1 Million Challenge Gift Announced

The Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona received a five-year $1 million challenge gift from the Connie Hillman Family Foundation. Read the Arizona Daily Star’s coverage here. The gift launches a new challenge campaign and will match dollar-for-dollar all new and increased donations from Women’s Foundation supporters, up to $1 million.

“We were so impressed with the growth of the Women’s Foundation and their plans for the future that it felt like the right time to issue a challenge,” said Larry Adamson, representative of the Connie Hillman Family Foundation.

“It’s truly extraordinary—we are so grateful and inspired to rise to the challenge,” said Women’s Foundation CEO Dawne Bell. “The Connie Hillman Family Foundation has been a dedicated supporter and partner for years. This investment will take the Women’s Foundation to a new level, building capacity for solutions to the most pressing issues affecting women and children in Southern Arizona.”

The Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona empowers women and girls to make positive changes in their lives and the community through leadership, donor services, community building, research, and grants. Leadership development is built into all aspects of the organization, from the nationally recognized Unidas philanthropy program for high school girls to shaping public policy through research and advocacy. With “The Self-Sufficiency Standard for 2012” research report, WFSA educates policy makers about the economic realities facing women and girls.

In 2016, WFSA will award grants totaling$600,000 to more than 20 organizations and covered a wide range of needs. Grants are made from annual competitive grant cycles, recommended from donor advised funds, and allocated through Unidas. The Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona is a supporting organization of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona. More information: