The Atlanta Women's Foundation provides funding, resources, and evaluation support to nonprofits that provide programs to low-income women and girls to help them break the cycle of poverty. We also build awareness and support through our issue area reports on barriers impeding low-income women and girls. Lastly, we provide leadership development through our Women on Board nonprofit training workshops and The Women’s Emerging Philanthropist Program.
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.
Our Issue Areas are Economic Empowerment, Women's Mental Health & Wellbeing, Workforce Development, and Women Veterans.
Economic empowerment enables individuals to both control their economic situation and improve their economic status. Education, assets, and employment are essential for women to break the cycle of generational poverty.
Women’s Mental Health & Wellbeing
Women experiencing generational poverty need mental health care, and this need is one of the most overlooked areas for helping women improve their economic situation. Women impacted by poverty are twice as likely to suffer from mental illness. Without access to necessary services, becoming economically self-sufficient becomes increasingly difficult.
Workforce Development improves economic stability for women by improving their workforce skills. A well-educated, highly skilled workforce improves the economy and helps women break the cycle of generational poverty.
In 2017, The Atlanta Women's Foundation launched the Women Veterans Collaborative Grant Initiative. Veterans are more likely to be unemployed than their non-veteran peers, and they face many challenges as they transition to civilian life.
In addition to traditional grantmaking, The Atlanta Women's Foundation also produces our own community programs in order to help women tap into their abilities to be strong leaders, deep thinkers, and strategic philanthropists.
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 is 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 3,500 women in board governance and leadership skills.
The program is a comprehensive initiative that provides a unique leadership opportunity to a diverse group of professional women who are looking to ignite their passion for creating positive change for women in Atlanta. Participants meet many of the dynamic corporate and civic leaders associated with AWF, connect with other women professionals, and explore the critical issues facing women and girls locally. They also manage an individual fundraising campaign to support the mission of AWF.