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Big News Week: record response for women and girls

The morning following the midnight deadline for our annual grant application, we were humbled and surprised by the result: a record 40% increase.

Now entering our 25th year as a grantmaking organization focused on creating change that empowers women and girls, the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona received $1,340,000 in requests from over 60 nonprofit organizations throughout our region this year.

“Even more impressive than the number of applications received was the diversity,” said Gabriela Cervantes, Women’s Foundation Trustee and Chair of the Grants Committee. “Organizations working throughout Southern Arizona, including Tucson, Nogales, Sonoita, Ajo, Douglas, Arivaca, Marana and Green Valley, applied,” continued Cervantes.

According to The Foundation Center Report on Women and Philanthropy, less than 7% of all foundation giving in the U.S. goes to women and girls. Thanks to our generous donors, the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona is working to change that fact.

In the last ten years, grantmaking from the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona has tripled. In the last 3 years, thanks to the extraordinary generosity of donors who are opening donor-advised funds at the Women’s Foundation, our assets have grown by over 40%.

Because of our loyal donors and through an inspiring partnership with the Connie Hillman Family Foundation, the Women’s Foundation will set another record this year when we award over $600,000 in grants this year. Our minimum annual grant this year ranges from $15,000 to $25,000. After a rigorous application review process this winter and spring, grant award recipients will be announced at the Annual Women’s Foundation Luncheon on April 20, 2016.