Amplifying Women’s Voices
Amplifying women’s voices has long been a priority at the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona. Your engagement, through financial support and volunteerism, has impacted countless lives and brought women and girls into the forefront over the past 27 years.
Your Impact: Programs
Women’s Foundation programs you fund have made a difference and amplified the voices of women and girls. The award-winning Unidas program has supported hundreds of young women ages 14 to 19 in becoming leaders and everyday philanthropists for more 13 years.
“More important than learning about our voices and feminist issues . . . this program connects you to other girls in your community who share your drive and values.”~ Unidas participant
Because women’s voices have been missing on civic commissions and boards, we’re turning up the volume again by bringing The Appointments Project to Arizona. Women often do not serve because they have not been asked. Well, we are going to ask and create an easy-to-access application process, creating a pipeline of qualified women for civic boards and commissions locally, regionally and statewide. The Appointments Project began as a local pilot in Kansas City, Missouri, and in just three years, the number of women serving on civic boards increased from 26% to 48%. It’s a win-win, both for women who want to serve and for those officials looking to fill the seats, which is why our own Mayor Rothschild is a committed partner. And, we know that serving on boards and commissions is often a first step for even more influential public service.
Your Impact: Grantmaking
We continue to invest in our nonprofit partners-last year our annual grants helped 9,286 women increase their income and assets by $4.6 million. That translates to $6.62 for women in Southern Arizona for every $1 you invest. And we’ve invited the women served by our nonprofit partners to join the conversation in new ways. This summer, we brought together 20 single moms to talk about the barriers they face in accessing services, and subsequently invited six of them to join the new WFSA Family Advisory Council so that we can regularly tap into their lived experiences. A research report on our findings, along with profiles of Council members, can be found at womengiving.org.
“I look forward to learning about the ways that WFSA is supporting mothers and children in our
community, and … I also desire to represent a highly underserved population in Arizona.
~ Family Advisory Council Member
Your Impact: Advocacy
We are speaking up in strategic ways at the State Legislature, too. During a planning process three years ago, we heard loud and clear from our nonprofit partners and supporters that WFSA’s collective voice is needed to advocate on behalf of all of us to improve the lives of women and their children. WFSA has already made our presence known-and impacted important legislation-through your investment. We’re moving into our third year of this important work and if you haven’t already, please join our Women’s Interests Network (W.l.N.) to received regular updates. Sign up here.
Please consider making a year-end donation by December 31 st to help us continue this critical work.
Your gift of any size makes real, lasting impact in Southern Arizona. We simply cannot do what we do every day without you.
By making a gift today, you will be joining a community of women and men who are committed to investing in the power and potential of women and girls. When you give to the Women’s Foundation, we guarantee your gift will be multiplied.
Please join us and Make a Year End Donation Today.
P.S. T here are many ways to give. Please consider a gift of appreciated stock or opening a Donor Advised Fund (get the immediate tax deduction and maximize your giving power). To learn more about these options, please contact us at (520) 622-8886.