The Atlanta Women’s Foundation’s goal is to support organizations that improve the lives of economically vulnerable women and girls in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties. One of the ways we accomplish this is through grantmaking. In order to achieve the greatest impact with the funds AWF invests in the community, we have incorporated a Collective Impact Model into our grantmaking. This collective impact model involves a structured process that leads to a common agenda, shared measurement system, and continuous communication among the cohort of grantees that provide the services. The goal of the collective impact approach is to create large scale community change.
AWF will support organizations providing services in the areas of mental and physical health, education and life skills. Our objective is to strengthen the network of nonprofits providing effective comprehensive services and eliminating systemic barriers impacting economically vulnerable girls and women. For more information about our grantmaking, including how to apply, eligibility and current grant recipients, click here.
Because advocacy is one of the most effective ways to combat the sort of interrelated root causes of social problems and systemic factors, AWF has made advocacy and policy change a top priority through The Alexander-Taylor Women Overcoming Barriers Advocacy Program. In 2013, AWF formed a Public Policy & Community Education Committee that was charged with fostering legislative and public action that will support the elimination of generational poverty among women and girls. Through a thorough review of current policy and based on AWF’s community assessment survey results, AWF’s Breaking the Cycle of Generational Poverty Research and Georgia Budget & Policy Institute’s Recovery or Bust: Georgia’s Poor Left Behind report, AWF’s Public Policy & Community Education Committee selected child care as the primary public policy issue for AWF. For more information on our public policy program, click here.
In addition to traditional grantmaking, AWF also produces our own community programs in order to help break the cycle of generational poverty for women and girls. Our primary program is Women on Board.
Women on Board
We can also sustain a greater impact by training women to tap into their abilities to be strong leaders, deep thinkers and strategic philanthropists. We do that through the key program Women on Board. This program was designed to increase the number of women on nonprofit boards in Metro Atlanta by providing effective board governance training to Atlanta women and connecting participants to nonprofit organizations. Since its inception in 2000, the program has trained more than 2,000 women in board governance and leadership skills.