History

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In 1986, a group of visionary women business owners founded The Atlanta Women’s Fund as part of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. In 1998, that fund had grown in importance and credibility, becoming independent as The Atlanta Women’s Foundation (AWF). As the only public foundation in Georgia dedicated solely to women and girls, the Foundation has invested $15 million into over 250 Atlanta area nonprofit organizations that have successfully moved women and girls from poverty to economic self-sufficiency. In addition to local grantmaking, AWF produces programs and builds awareness in order to leverage community resources to ensure that all women and girls in metro Atlanta live safe, economically self-sufficient, successful lives.

 

TIMELINE

1986

Founded as the Atlanta Women’s Fund at the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta (CFGA).

1993

Launched our first Women Who Are Homeless Grant Cycle with the support of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW Atlanta).

1997

First Numbers Too Big To Ignore Luncheon, featured speakers Jane Fonda and Gloria Steinem.

1998

Separated from CFGA to become The Atlanta Women’s Foundation.

2000

Established "Angela's Fund" to raise money to help commercially sexually exploited girls in metro Atlanta.

2000

Launched Women on Board.

2005

Launched the Destiny Fund Program, a leadership development program for emerging philanthropists.

2006

Established the Wieland Endowment and the Sue Wieland Embracing Possibility Award.

2009

Provided the seed funding to establish Global Village Project.

2012

Commissioned proprietary research Breaking the Cycle of Generational Poverty in Metro Atlanta.

2015

Implements Collective Impact Approach to grantmaking.

2015

Launched the Promoting Women’s Mental Health & Wellbeing Grant Initiative.

2016

Celebrate 20th anniversary of the Numbers Too Big To Ignore Luncheon, raising $1 million.

2016

Launched the Women’s Pathway to Success Grant Initiative.

2017

Launched the Breaking Barriers, Building Women: Economic Empowerment Program for Women Grant Initiative.

2018

Celebrated 20th anniversary of the founding of AWF.

2018

Launched philanthropy and leadership program for women, Inspire Atlanta.