Grantmaking

Breaking Barriers

As we close out January and Poverty Awareness Month, AWF’s Executive Vice President of Mission DiShonda Hughes writes about the challenges facing low-income women and girls in our community and how AWF is helping to break the barriers.  “Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.” ― Martin…

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Building Generational Wealth

This month’s guest blogger is Shari Oliver, founder of The Generational Wealth Foundation. Gen Wealth’s mission is to foster wealth principles among socio-economically diverse populations, drive wealth accumulation, and reduce the wealth gap. The ability to earn and accumulate wealth determines whether families can leave poverty and achieve economic security. Wealth building helps women and…

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Growing Small Businesses

This month’s guest blogger is Sandra Font, director of the ACE Women’s Business Center (WBC). Sandra writes about the work Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE) is doing to help business owners and entrepreneurs thrive. ACE is part of AWF’s Women’s Pathway to Success Program and is the 2019 Sue Wieland Embracing Possibility Award honoree.…

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Latina Leadership Institute

This month’s contributor to our blog is Mónica Cucalón, the Managing Director of Economic Empowerment at the Latin American Association (LAA). Mónica writes about LAA’s Latina Leadership Institute, which works to empower low-income Latina immigrants through direct services, partnerships and advocacy. LAA receives funding from AWF for their Latina Leadership Institute through our Women’s Pathway…

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$1.2 Million Impact

In 1986, a group of visionary women founded The Atlanta Women’s Fund as part of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta with a collective donation of $10,000. In 1998, that fund had grown in importance and credibility, becoming an independent organization, The Atlanta Women’s Foundation (AWF). Since our founding in 1998, AWF has invested over…

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Changing Lives Changing Generations

With May being Mental Health Awareness Month and Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, we wanted to highlight one of our Promoting Women and Girls’ Mental Health & Wellbeing Project grantees, House of Dawn. House of Dawn provides a stable home for pregnant and parenting teen moms and their children under adult supervision. AWF funding supports House…

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Building Better Futures Through Education

This month we’re hearing from Kerry McArdle, Executive Director of Literacy Action, on the importance of adult education and literacy. Literacy Action is a part of the grantee cohort for our Breaking Barriers, Building Women: Economic Empowerment Program and is this year’s recipient of our annual Sue Wieland Embracing Possibility Award. Literacy Action is this…

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Economic Empowerment

$100. That is the median net-worth for single African American women. For single Hispanic women, it’s $120. When a woman has limited to no assets, how can she cope with a financial emergency or build for the future? She can’t. But at AWF, we are working to make a change. We’re excited to announce the…

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Asset Building Key to Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

As April is National Financial Literacy Month, we want to talk asset building, as an aspect of financial literacy, and the critical role it plays in helping low-income women become economically self-sufficient. In the five-country metro Atlanta area, there are 320,000 women and girls living in poverty, who lack sufficient resources to avoid living paycheck…

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