What We Do

Women Give San Diego is a non-profit organization with 140 members. We fund programs that help women and girls of San Diego achieve economic self-sufficiency. Through our 8 working committees, we work to identify and assist our grant partners, educate and advocate for women’s issues, and mentor each other to create close working and personal relationships.

Our Mission

The well being and success of San Diego depends on the economic self-sufficiency and security of all women and girls. Women Give San Diego advocates for the economic self-sufficiency and security of low-income women and girls in San Diego County. As a Giving Circle of the Women’s Foundation of California, we are a 501(c)3 charitable foundation.

Women Helping Women

Of the 1.6 million women who live in San Diego...

  • 270,000 live in poverty
  • 80,000 are single mothers

Our Impact

In the past 7 years, Women Give San Diego has granted almost $600,000 to 23 organizations in San Diego, funding programs which promote economic self-sufficiency for women and girls.


Our Areas of Focus

  • Low-income and working poor women, including transition age youth, pregnant & parenting teens
  • Immigrant, undocumented, unauthorized immigrant & refugee women
  • Victims of domestic violence, sexual exploitation & human trafficking
  • Elderly women in economic crisis
  • Military women & wives
  • Connector.

    Why Women?

    Women are more likely to share their economic gains with their families and communities at large – thus potentially making investment in women and girls a leveraged granting opportunity, no matter what your specific giving area focus. A woman’s economic autonomy is impacted by her level of education and conditions in the workforce, such as availability of health insurance, pension plans, family friendly work environments and flextime.

  • Connector.

    How We Help

    Women Give San Diego funds organizations who elevate the economic status of women by providing access to or direct education, job training, supportive networks and availability of needed resources. We believe that when women thrive, their communities, state, nation and world also thrive.


Get involved!

Become a member – join a leadership team – come to our next event.   Help us make a difference!

The Benefits of Membership


Build relationships and collaborate with other like-minded women:

  • Work together to make a difference in our community and change the lives of low income women and girls in San Diego.
  • Become true partners with the organizations and programs we support with our grants.
  • Learn about our vulnerable populations through panel discussions with experts


Women Give San Diego encourages members to get involved to help make our impact on the local community so much stronger:

  • Join one or more of our Leadership Teams to deepen relationships, share time, talent and passion.
  • Share your skills in one of our mentorship programs.


Help celebrate our success through:

  • Bi-monthly programs
  • Casual program socials
  • Mentorship dinners
  • Annual grants celebration
  • Annual holiday party

Building Bridges to Economic Self-Sufficiency

Every year Women Give San Diego funds programs for women which target several of our key focus areas. This year’s focus areas are highlighted in the boxes below.

Financial and Asset Development

Developing skills to improve financial literacy and poverty prevention

Financial Growth and Capacity

Preparing women for first time employment or jobs in higher paying fields

Independence for Women Aged 65 +

Maintaining Independence, Social Welfare and Economic Security for Senior Women

Meet our Grantees from 2017

This year’s recipients received a total of $100,000 for their programs which help San Diego’s women and girls become self-sufficient.

Copy of Elder Help

Our grant supports the Concierge Club which, through dedicated community volunteers, provides medical advocacy by degreed social workers, transportation, grocery shopping help, and a regular friendly visitor to ward off loneliness for older adults in San Diego.

National Association of Women in Construction

Our grant supports the annual volunteer-led camp that teaches fundamental skills within the construction field as well as excites young women about a profession that likely felt inaccessible to them previously.

Promises 2 Kids

Women Give is supporting the creation of the Women’s Leadership Learning Group, developed to specifically meet young women’s needs in aspiring to new career ambitions that have not been modeled previously.

Workshops for Warriors

Our grant will support the Advanced Manufacturing Training for Young Female Veterans, intensive training, career placement and mentorship towards machining or welding, graduating students into living wage and fast rising careers.

Grant History

Apply for a grant from Women Give San Diego

The 2017 grant application deadline has now passed, but we hope to see you for the next cycle! You can still follow the link below to learn about our grant process, our funding areas, and our grant criteria.

Learn about our grant process

We're So Glad You Want to Help!

By becoming a member or simply donating to Women Give San Diego, your contribution will help women and girls of San Diego achieve success in their own right. 100% of our membership contributions go directly to our grant program. Together, we can make a difference!

Event Calendar

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Yoga Mentorship Dinner 6:00 pm
Yoga Mentorship Dinner @ Christine Oster's home
Sep 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
General Membership Meeting – Back to School 5:30 pm
General Membership Meeting – Back to School @ San Diego Braille Institute
Sep 18 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Join Women Give San Diego members for an evening focused on learning about public education policy and its effects on the community. Women Give San Diego member and former State Senator Deirdre “Dede” Alpert will be facilitating a panel that includes LaShae Collins, Assemblywoman Shirley Weber’s Chief of Staff, Allison Ohle, Executive Director of KIPP schools, and Leslie Fausset, former Chief Deputy Superintendent for the State of California and ...

Recent Events

WGSD 2017 Grantee Mixer

The Grantee Mixer was an intimate and fun event, with 30 women from WGSD and the four nonprofit grantees in attendance. There was a “mix and mingle” time followed by a short introduction to Women Give San Diego and the work of the Community Engagement Team, as well as an introduction to the four grantees: NAWIC, Workshop for Warriors, Promises 2 Kids, and ElderHelp. Then, the attendees circulated for 15 minutes at a time to tables of the four grantees, where they got a closer look at the amazing work being done that WGSD is helping to fund. The grantees shared all about their work, updated WGSD members on current opportunities to get involved, and answered attendee questions in a candid and personal way.

Past Events

6th Annual Grants Ceremony
June 14, 2017

From Our Blog…

We love to share our stories about our grantees, our programs, and current events related to our focus areas. Come read all about it!

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