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Thanks to our generous donors, we awarded over $700,000 in grants to 28 organizations in 2017.


All of our grant cycles are currently closed for applications. Please check back again in early September for our next grant cycle with the Unidas program, and in late Fall for the Letter of Interest application for our Annual Grants cycle. 

 

Learn more about the Women’s Foundation Community Impact by downloading our 2018 Community Impact Guidelines here and reading our 2018 WFSA Impact Report.

Our Spring 2018 Unidas Girls’ Leadership and Philanthropy grant is now open for applications, effective February 20 – April 6, 2018.

Unidas, a feminization of the Spanish word unidos (united), teaches girls about leadership, philanthropy and social justice issues. Unidas is a program designed to give high school-aged girls hands-on experience in grantmaking.

Under the auspices of the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona, Unidas participants have researched and analyzed the social justice issues facing girls in our community. Participants have created this request for proposal, and will conduct the application review, site visits, and will select one organization to receive a grant of $5,000.

The Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona fosters equality and opportunity through support, advocacy and research. To help women and girls overcome economic, political, gender and social barriers, we encourage reform in the social climate, promote change in conventional attitudes and invest in organizations that strive for positive long-term changes.

Unidas Spring 2018 Grantmaking Focus: Homelessness with an emphasis on issues that affect women and girls, such as (but not limited to): sexual violence, LGBTQ+ issues, and healthcare.

Mission and Funding Criteria:
Unidas will invest $5000 in one organization to address and/or support the issue of homelessness in Southern Arizona.

Deadline: 5pm Friday, April 6, 2018

Eligibility Requirements
• Programs must serve communities in the greater Tucson area.
• Applications are not accepted from individuals, sports teams, political or lobbying organizations, organizations that discriminate, or religious organizations formed for sectarian purposes.
• Grant requests will not be considered for auctions or fundraising events, debt reduction, endowment funds, capital campaigns, litigation or legal expenses, productions or performances.

Unidas values programs and organizations that:
• Exhibit a meaningful need for the financial support provided through the grant
• Improve the quality of life for high school-aged girls
• Address the causes of problems, as well as provide solutions
• Encourage broad-based community involvement
• Have programs that may be replicated
• Have a long-term perspective
• Have demonstrated successful outcomes or are willing to evaluate the effectiveness of their programs
• Collaborate to improve efficiency or effectiveness

Additional Notes:
• Organizations may submit up to two grant applications if the programs are different but still meet the grants criteria.
• All applications will be reviewed by Unidas teen participants. The second part of the review process may include a site visit with Unidas participants. Organizations should hold from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm on May 9 and 10, 2018 for potential site visits. The Unidas Program anticipates receiving many more requests than can be funded. An invitation for a site visit is not a guarantee of funding but an indication on the part of Unidas that they are interested in learning more about the program.

To submit your application, use one of the following links to access Common Grant:

First-time users to Common Grant Applications register here.

Returning users to Common Grant Applications login here.

Background to Grantmaking at the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona

The mission of the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona is: We collaborate to achieve social, political and economic change that empowers women and girls. One of more than a 160 women’s funds globally, the Foundation advances women’s leadership and philanthropy by raising, managing, and granting money to meet the needs of women and girls.

The Board of Trustees, a community-based volunteer board, sets the funding priorities of the Women’s Foundation.

Grant proposals to the Women’s Foundation are reviewed by community-based groups of volunteer grant evaluators who make funding recommendations to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Our Community Impact Committee exemplifies the Foundation’s commitment to inclusiveness by utilizing comprehensive evaluation methods and techniques. Committee members are individuals with a wide range of experiences and knowledge as well as diversity in ethnicity, race, income, sexual orientation, and age.

Common Grantmaking Myths

Questions and Answers

Below is a list of frequently asked questions regarding our grantmaking. If you do not see your question listed below, feel free to contact us with your question.

Do we have to be a 501(c)(3) to be considered for funding? What size and types of grants does the Foundation make? What are the funding restrictions? What geographic region does the Foundation consider Southern Arizona? Does the Foundation suggest target populations? What is the Foundation's grant selection process? What is the evaluation and reporting process for grant recipients? What is the Foundation's renewal policy?

Thanks to our generous donors, we awarded over $700,000 in grants to 28 organizations in 2017.

Equity & Opportunity Fund Grants

The Equity and Opportunity Fund grant-making initiative strives to build the long-term economic security and financial independence of low-income, women-headed families. Each of these recipients are receiving three-year grants to expand and enhance their existing services.

  • Accion
  • Literacy Connects

Melody S. Robidoux Public Policy Grants

Melody S. Robidoux Public Policy Grants invest in organizations influencing legislative and/or workplace policy change that improve the lives of Southern Arizona women and families in economics, safety, health and leadership.

  • Alliance for Justice
  • Children’s Action Alliance
  • Planned Parenthood Arizona, Inc.*

Harriet Silverman Small Grant Fund Awardees

Harriet Silverman Small Grant Fund Grants invest in small, grassroots organizations in our region that exemplify the vision of the WFSA.

  • Arivaca Action Center, Inc.
  • Heartsounds: Mother and Infant Care
  • Lupus Foundation of Southern Arizona
  • PowerSource Tucson, Inc.
  • Tucson Postpartum Depression Coalition
  • Vail Education Foundation

Annual Competitive Grants

Annual grants are awarded to organizations that demonstrate measurable impact in economic change that empowers women.

  • Community Food Bank, Inc.
  • Compass Affordable Housing
  • Earn to Learn
  • Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse
  • The Haven
  • Helping Hands for Single Moms Tucson
  • International Rescue Committee Tucson
  • Law College Association for James E. Rogers College of Law
  • Literacy Connects
  • Our Family Services, Inc.
  • Primavera Foundation
  • Southeast Arizona Area Health Education
  • Youth On Their Own
  • YWCA of Southern Arizona

Unidas Grants

Unidas Grants are awarded to organizations addressing needs identified by the young women participants of the Unidas Leadership and Philanthropy program.

  • Mariposas Sin Fronteras – Fall 2017
  • University of Arizona Southwest Institute for Research on Women – Spring 2017

Women’s Health Initiative

In partnership with University of Arizona Health Sciences, this three-year collaborative addresses behavioral health needs of women in border communities to reduce health disparities.

  • Mariposa Community Health Center (collaborative lead agency)

*Founder’s Award, as designated by WFSA founders Melody Robidoux and Harriet Silverman, for exemplifying the mission of the WFSA.

Special Thanks to the Connie Hillman Family Foundation for partnering with WFSA to increase the impact of our grants

2016

Foundation Grants

  • Accion
  • Amistad y Salud, dba Clinica Amistad
  • Arizona Youth Partnership
  • Arizona’s Children Association
  • Compass Affordable Housing
  • Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse
  • Helping Hands for Single Moms USA
  • International Rescue Committee in Tucson
  • Law College Association for James E. Rogers College of Law
  • Literacy Connects
  • Mariposa Community Health Center’s Mariposa Family Learning Center
  • Patagonia Youth Enrichment Center
  • Pima County JTED
  • Planned Parenthood Arizona
  • Primavera Foundation
  • Southeast Arizona Area Health Education Center
  • Southern Arizona Legal Aid
  • YWCA of Southern Arizona, Women’s Center for Economic Opportunity

Unidas

  • Easter Seals Blake Foundation
  • Patagonia Youth Enrichment Center

2015

Foundation Grants

  • Accion
  • Amistad y Salud, dba Clinica Amistad
  • Arivaca Action Center, Inc.
  • Arizona Youth Partnership
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson
  • Caregivers Training Institute
  • Children’s Action Alliance
  • Compass Affordable Housing
  • Educational Enrichment Foundation
  • Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse
  • Goodwill Industries of Southern Arizona
  • Helping Hands for Single Moms USA
  • Literacy Connects
  • Nogales Community Development Corporation
  • Our Family Services
  • Southeast Arizona Area Health Education Center
  • Youth On Their Own
  • YWCA of Tucson

Unidas

  • Camp Born This Way
  • El Groupo Youth Cycling
  • Emerge! Center Against Domestic Violence
  • Esperanza Dance Project
  • Southern Arizona Gender Alliance

2014

Foundation Grants

  • Arizona’s Children Association
  • Compass Affordable Housing, Inc.
  • International Rescue Committee Tucson
  • Mariposa Family Learning Center
  • Our Family Services, Inc.
  • Pima County Community Land Trust
  • Pio Decimo Center
  • Planned Parenthood Arizona
  • Primavera Foundation
  • Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Inc.
  • University of Arizona Foundation, Dept. of Psychiatry
  • Youth On Their Own
  • YWCA of Tucson

Unidas

  • Edge High School
  • Pan Left Productions
  • U of A, Southwest Institute for Research on Women

2013

Foundation Grants

  • Accion
  • Emerge! Center Against Domestic Violence
  • Dishes and Stories
  • International Rescue Committee in Tucson
  • MAC/WBC
  • Nogales Community Development Corporation
  • Our Family Services
  • Planned Parenthood Arizona
  • Southeast Arizona Area Health Education Center
  • Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Inc.
  • Youth On Their Own

Unidas

  • Edge High School – Empower Me Project
  • Esperanza Dance Project
  • Sage, Easter Seals Blake Foundation – Healthy Relationships Therapy Group

2012

Foundation Grants

  • Educational Enrichment Foundation
  • International Rescue Committee in Tucson
  • Literacy Connects – The Women’s Literacy Network
  • Planned Parenthood Arizona
  • The Primavera Foundation, Inc.
  • Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault
  • Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Inc.

Unidas

  • Tucson Youth Poetry Slam – Soñadoras Hablan (Dreamers Speak)
  • Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona – Girl Scout Leadership Institute

“Unidas” is the feminization of the Spanish word for “United.” The program gives high school aged young women the opportunity to give away $5,000 per semester to non-profit organizations that support the type of social change important to them. Throughout the program, participants gain hands-on experience in community service, leadership, social justice, and grant-making – all centered around helping to improve the quality of life for women and girls in Southern Arizona.

Applications for the Unidas Spring 2018 grant cycle are now being accepted through Friday, April 6, 2018.

Unidas Spring 2018 Grantmaking Focus: Homelessness with an emphasis on issues that affect women and girls, such as (but not limited to): sexual violence, LGBTQ+ issues, and healthcare.

FAQ’s on the Unidas Grant-making process are listed below:

 

Mission and Funding Criteria: Eligibility Requirements: Unidas values programs and organizations that: