THE NEED IN OUR COMMUNITY
Poverty: As of 2019, 17% of women live below the poverty line in Metro Atlanta.
Employment: Women make up nearly two-thirds of the 40 lowest paid jobs.
Leadership: Women of color are underrepresented at every level of employment. In 2019, 18% of entry level workers, 9% of Senior Managers/Directors, and 4% of C-Suite executives were women of color.
Mental Health: Low income women are twice as likely to suffer from mental illness as women above the poverty line.
For more than 20 years, The Atlanta Women's Foundation has been dedicated to breaking the generational cycle of poverty for women and girls through strategic grantmaking. When women and girls are given the tools, training, and support to step up and out of poverty, the effects are transformative. Children have role models for better lives and relationships, opportunities for greater education and health, and bigger ideas about their role in the world. When women are skilled and employed, the economy improves. Welfare costs and crime go down. The tax base increases. The entire community becomes more attractive to new businesses. The effect on communities is sustainable and multi-generational.
Our ultimate outcome is an empowered community. Backed by the enthusiasm and support of individuals, corporations, and foundations, AWF has put $18 million back into our community through grants to over 350 nonprofit organizations.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
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Our Women on Board workshops and Inspire Atlanta women's leadership program help develop the leaders of tomorrow.