Founded in1998, Washington Area Women’s Foundation is a nonprofit organization devotedto improving the lives of women and girls in the Washington, DC metropolitan region.Through funds raised each year, The Women’s Foundation makes grants and providesoperational resources and technical assistance to local nonprofits. Washington Area Women’sFoundation is focused on building a movement of local social change philanthropy that supports women and girls through its grantmaking initiatives. The Women’s Foundation alsoexpands and leverages women’s philanthropy by providing extensive donor education andengagement opportunities to build public awareness.Since 2005, Washington Area Women’s Foundation has granted more than $6 million to150nonprofits in the DC metropolitan area. The Foundation’s grantmaking has been guided bythe Stepping Stones Initiative, a multi-year regional program focused on breaking the cycle ofpoverty by building the financial independence and economic security of the region’s most vulnerable families: low-income, female-headed households.
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