What We Do
Everything we do starts with research. As we invest in solutions, we openly share what we’ve learned to increase understanding and support.
To make grants that impact the lives of women and girls, WGA first finds the data, then identifies the issues, especially those affecting the most vulnerable groups. Finally, we seek examples of success.
In 2012, WGA Members voted to focus our resources for several years on a single topic such as Breaking the Cycle of Female Poverty or Mental Health for Women and Girls. These focus areas dovetail with four broad overarching Fields of Interest which are critical to the well-being of women and girls.
Educational Attainment – Recognizing the close correlation to a woman’s long-term economic and health status, WGA has interest in improving education outcomes encompassing pre-school through higher education and job preparation.
Economic Empowerment – Improving the economic circumstances of women involves educational attainment, training to qualify for well-paying jobs, mentoring, personal financial management and support for women business owners.
Physical & Mental Health – Improving the health and well-being of women and girls requires access to quality care to address their specific physical and mental health needs, as well as to information and skills to improve health outcomes.
Safety & Justice – Steps to keep women and girls safe from violence and victimization are a priority along with addressing the frequent consequences – like involvement with the criminal justice system and addiction – when abuse occurs.
We invite you to join us in this process. Here are a few ways to increase your understanding of key issues impacting women and girls:
“You are probably asked to donate to many worthy causes and you may feel like you’re not making a real impact. However, with WGA’s research-based strategic philanthropy model that takes a deep dive into community needs, you can be assured your contribution will bring real impactful change.”
– Barbara Finke, CPA, WGA Finance and Grants Finance Committees
“WGA’s investment in research allows us to base our grantmaking on data and to demonstrate we are serious about having an impact, about moving the needle.”
– Scott McGehee, Past Chair WGA Grants Committee
“WGA’s decision to direct our philanthropy to improve the lives of women and girls was due to the very limited philanthropic and programmatic resources available to do so. The combination of WGA’s grants and the research that supports them has been critical to bring the needs of 50+% of our population to light.”
– Sandy Cook, WGA Past President
The Florida Times-Union – editorial about WGA’s impact