Category Archives: Philanthropy

Rediscovering LA Through Photography and Philanthropy

An Interview with Audrey Stein, by Emma Mayerson Traveling is in my bones.  As a child I used to dream about traveling to faraway lands.  As an adult I have traveled to Southeast Asia, Central Asia, China, Nepal, India, Papa New Guinea, Indonesia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and South America.  Before each journey, I study [...]

Amazing Women, Inspiring Stories

By Emma Mayerson, Development Assistant In high school I traveled to Guatemala with Where There Be Dragons, a study abroad program . For six weeks we lived in a small village in the mountains where we were each assigned a homestay and a tutor. One day, my tutor told me that her ex-husband used to physically and emotionally abuse [...]

It’s Time to Redefine Generosity

by Michelle Dench, guest blogger I’ve just returned from a retreat focused on Generosity. The theme of the retreat was “returning to our values in a time of crisis.” This weekend only deepened my understanding of true giving. I came to realize there is no giving and receiving; only giving. Donors at the retreat began asking to be called [...]

Women’s Foundation of California: Get to Know Us

People often ask us who we are and what we do. Well, we do a lot. We strive to improve the lives of women and families in our state. We provide grants to community organizations and work towards policies that benefit women and families. We bring light to issues that are often overlooked and that [...]

We Can All Make a Difference: Momentum Awards 2011

On May 20, 2011, we honored incredible women leaders at the Momentum Awards in Beverly Hills. Each of our honorees—Jacqueline Caster, Senator Carol Liu and the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative—inspired us with their stories. New York Times writer Peggy Orenstein, author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter, gave the keynote and actor Aisha Tyler was [...]

Grant Partners in the News

Congratulations to our grant partners who have been in the news recently! We are proud to support the ground-breaking efforts of these organizations. Since 1979, we have invested $28.8 million dollars supporting over 1,200 organizations in California whose work advances the health, safety and economic security of Californians. Banteay Srei was featured in the New [...]

Rosenberg Foundation presents Justice in California

Our colleagues at the Rosenberg Foundation recently published a series of thought-provoking essays by some of California’s leading visionary activists and thinkers. We’re so pleased and honored that our long-time friend and colleague Hugo Morales selected our 2010 Sowing Change tour as the topic of his essay. Dolores Huerta, another long-time friend, has written a [...]

Building Momentum for Women and Families in California

On Friday, May 20th, almost 300 people joined us in LA at the Momentum Awards! The energy in the room was incredible. Each of our honorees—Jacqueline Caster, Senator Carol Liu and the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative—inspired us with their stories. Peggy Orenstein gave the keynote and Aisha Tyler was witty and gracious as our Mistress [...]

Six Years: Six Lessons Learned

By Surina Khan, Vice President of Programs, Women’s Foundation of California It’s hard to believe, but at the end of this month I will leave the Women’s Foundation of California after six wonderful years. In my time here, I’ve had the opportunity to work with leading advocates, organizers, researchers, donors and institutional funders who are [...]

Women Give San Diego at the Capital

“And while I have written countless lessons on “How a Bill Becomes a Law” or “How Local, State, and National Government Works,” I’ve never had occasion to witness government in action” until Legislative Action Day. – Stacey Klaman Stacey Klaman, a member of the Women Give San Diego (WGSD) donor circle describes an inspiring experience [...]

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