Category Archives: Philanthropy

We all have the power to make a difference

“When you know in your heart you have a really great idea that could help make the world a better place, avoid the naysayers and don’t be afraid to ruffle some feathers. One woman really can make a difference.” – Jacqueline Caster, Founder and President, Everychild Foundation Each year, the Women’s Foundation of California honors [...]

Decked Out Through the Decades: A Fashion Fundraiser

By Isabelle Sanderson On March 13, students with the Marlborough School Charitable Fund* celebrated five years of grant-making with a fashion show. Decked Out Through the Decades featured designs by Marlborough students and modeled by Marlborough students! The sold-out event raised $25,000, which will be donated to charities over the school year. It was an [...]

In the News: Judy Patrick on State Prison Reform and Change

Judy Patrick, President and CEO of the Women’s Foundation of California recently authored a Sacramento Bee op-ed on state prison reform and a Re: Philanthropy blog post on theories of change. Excerpts and links below! Comments welcome. Viewpoints: Put focus on women for state prison reform By Judy Patrick Sacramento Bee, April 9, 2011 How [...]

Girls Just Want to Do Good: Engaging Younger Women in Philanthropy

By Renee Herrell “We have all individually and collectively experienced the magic that is possible when a bright group of women, of all ages and backgrounds, come together with a shared vision,” Linda Katz – co-founder of Women Give San Diego A couple years ago, I realized a dream. I began learning how to be [...]

Community-Based Research that Sparks Change

Surina Khan, vice president of programs at the Women’s Foundation of California was recently invited to speak about the role of research in advancing social change. In this excerpt, she gives two examples of community-led research that made a difference. Read the speech As a grantmaker that funds research, in addition to funding other strategies [...]

For the Love of All

By Sande Smith, Director of Communications, Women’s Foundation of California With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I hear my friends talking about love and romance – the bitter, the sweet and the non-existent. Valentine’s Day has become a holiday for taking stock and asking the hard-hearted question – are we a failure or a success in [...]

To Be of Use

By Judy Patrick, CEO and President, Women’s Foundation of California In the month of November I attended two events that marked the end of chapters:  my dear friend Sara Gould’s departure from a 24-year commitment to the Ms. Foundation for Women and my long-time friend Shirley Guenthner’s memorial service in Colorado. While very different people, [...]

Love for the Scrooges

By Cathy Schreiber,Vice President of Development & Finance, Women’s Foundation of California   Some of my best friends are scrooges. I don’t call them that because they are stingy or mean-spirited. Quite the opposite—some are the most generous people I know. They just cannot wait for December 25 to come – and go! They hate the [...]

Before Strategy Was Strategy

By Crystal Hayling Crystal Hayling’s long and committed career in philanthropy includes a stint as the program director for the Los Angeles Women’s Foundation. The Los Angeles Women’s Foundation and the Women’s Foundation of San Francisco merged in 2003 to become the Women’s Foundation of California. Most recently, Crystal served as the President and CEO [...]

View from the Center: Inclusive Values

By Helen MacKinnon Helen MacKinnon has been a supporter of the Women’s Foundation of California for eight years and she is the co-chair of the Los Angeles Donor Circle, which focuses on economic development and self sufficiency programs for women and girls. Helen is president of Technical Connections, a technology recruiting firm that is over 26 years old. [...]


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