Women Give San Diego is a giving circle of Catalyst of San Diego and Imperial Counties, with 155+ multi-generational members. We fund programs that help women and girls of San Diego achieve economic self-sufficiency and security.

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Our Mission


Women Give San Diego (WGSD) funds nonprofit organizations in San Diego County that focus on historically under-resourced and often overlooked women and girls. Our partner organizations invest in women and girls to bring about increased prosperity within their communities. 

WGSD’s model for change balances education, community collaboration and strategic and effective grantmaking to center the voices of those most impacted by social inequities.  We believe that by empowering and uplifting women, we improve the circumstances and conditions for all people in San Diego County.

Our Vision

Women Give San Diego envisions a world of sustainable economic self-sufficiency and security for all women and girls in San Diego County, especially those who have been traditionally and historically invisible.

Our Impact

In the past 11 years, Women Give San Diego has granted $1,120,000 to 36 organizations in San Diego, helping under-resourced women and girls in San Diego County achieve and maintain economic sustainability.

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Our Core Values


  • Gender Justice: equal rights and opportunities for women and girls
  • Integrity
  • Inclusiveness
  • Transparency
  • Partnership
  • Impact focused
  • Female-centered: Honor the unique way in which women approach issues
  • Collaboration and leverage
  • Accountability

Our Areas of Focus

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

  • 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.

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Get involved!

Become a member – join a leadership team – come to our next event.   Make a difference in the lives of SD women and girls!

The Benefits of Membership

Connect…

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

Lead…

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.

Celebrate!!

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. Our over-arching program goals are:

Developing skills to improve financial literacy and poverty prevention

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

Maintaining Independence, Social Welfare and Economic Security for all Women

Meet our Grantees from 2021

DETOUR - Depositing Empowerment Through Outreach & Urban Redevelopment

DETOUR is a mentoring program for girls of color. Our vision is to see equity and inclusion for teen girls of color in higher education and priority sector employment. Our mission is to increase access to education and employment opportunities for girls through our Focused And Naturally Confident Youth (F.A.N.C.Y.) Leadership programs (Expo, Leadership Academy, and Ambassador Internships.)

ElderHelp of San Diego

ElderHelp is a dynamic, values-based agency dedicated to improving the lives of seniors and their families. We provide community-based solutions through professional staff and nearly 500 volunteers committed to helping older adults live independently in their own homes.

March for Black Womxn San Diego

In 2017, Black Women in San Diego, led by Nyisha Green-Washington were inspired by Black Women’s Blueprint National Call to Action to march and meet to lift up demands for racial justice, to denounce the propagation of state-violence and the widespread incarceration of Black women and girls, rape and all sexualized violence, the murders and brutalization of transwomen and the disappearances of our girls from our streets, our schools and our homes; to advocate for political change focused on intersectional women’s rights issues like poverty, affordable housing, reproductive rights, immigration protections and must center on the most vulnerable.

North County Lifeline

North County Lifeline is a community-based human services organization that serves low-income and underserved populations in San Diego County. Every year Lifeline serves more than 5,000 members of our community through clinically-strong and evidence-based programs that focus on positive youth development, child abuse prevention and domestic violence intervention, housing and self-sufficiency.

San Diego and Imperial Women’s Business Center

The San Diego & Imperial Women’s Business Center (WBC) works to secure ECONOMIC JUSTICE and ENTREPRENEURIAL OPPORTUNITIES for women by providing TRAINING, MENTORING, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT and FINANCING opportunities to WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties.

Somali Family Services of San Diego

Somali Family Service, guided by its community champions, empowers immigrants, refugees, and other underserved communities in San Diego through its programs that promote health, educational and economic success, and leadership development. Somali Family Service envisions a better quality of life for refugees, immigrants, and other under-served communities in San Diego. This vision is reached through fostering self-sufficiency, building healthy communities, and promoting equity.

Grant History

Apply for a grant from Women Give San Diego

Thank you for your interest in applying for our grant. Our 2021 Grant Partners were announced in May 2021, and we look forward to opening our next grant cycle in late 2021.

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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

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WGSD Virtual Book Club 6:00 pm
WGSD Virtual Book Club @ This is a virtual event! Get the video chat link after you RSVP yes.
Oct 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Join us for the next Mentorship Virtual Book Club, November 8, 2021, 6:00-7:30 PDT, facilitated by Elise Moersch.  We will be reading The Vanishing Half , by Britt Bennett.  The novel is a multi-generational family saga set between the 1940s to the 1990s and centers on identical twin sisters Desiree and Stella Vignes. The two light-skinned black sisters were raised in the fictional town of Mallard, ...
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Hidden Trails Adventure 10:00 am
Hidden Trails Adventure @ Iron Mountain - Ellie Lane Trailhead
Oct 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Please join us for our next Mentorship team Hidden Trails Adventure hike on Saturday, October 30th at 10AM. We’ll be hiking a little-known trail adjacent to Iron Mountain called Ellie Lane.  You can avoid the crowds and impossible parking by starting at this trailhead 1/2 mile beyond Iron Mountain. The hike is a 4.7 mile loop climbing 970 feet and takes about 2 ...
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Recent Events

10 Year Anniversary Celebration

    January 13, 2020

    Women Give San Diego celebrated it’s 10 year anniversary with a festive, event attended by over 100 members, grant partners, and past members alike! Thank you to all those who spent the evening with us, it was an incredibly joy-filled and meaningful night for all of us and we are so happy that you were a part of it. 

    The evening kicked off with professional headshots taken for all of our guests, plus lots of socializing, eating, and drinking! The short program included a welcome from current Women Give San Diego Presidents Sara Vaz and Stephanie Korszen and Lux Art Institute Executive Director, Andrew Ütt. Women Give San Diego founders Linda Katz and Gayle Tauber shared a heartfelt reflection on the organization’s creation and growth, expressed words of gratitude for the WGSD members and community, and honored WGSD’s founding members as a gesture of appreciation for a full decade of their support and dedication. 

    We also heard from Dana Bristol-Smith, founder and executive director of WGSD Grant Partner, Leap to Success, who shared with us the incredible impact their organization has on women in our community, and graciously spoke to the impact of the Women Give San Diego grant they received a few years back and its significance in helping drive their organizational goals forward. We heard from our amazing partner in philanthropy, President and CEO of SD Grantmakers, Debbie McKeon, who rounded out the program with a testimonial to our partnership and shared vision. Finally, Women Give San Diego past Presidents were also honored with small tokens of appreciation from current Presidents, Sara and Stephanie. 

    The evening was a genuine and emotional reflection of the heart, energy, and passion that sparked the founding of Women Give San Diego by Founding President, Jan Tuttleman, and co-Founders Linda Katz and Gayle Tauber, in 2009.

    10 years and 31 grants totaling $810,000 later, and we had a whole lot to celebrate!

    Together with our 152 members, Women Give San Diego has made and continues to make an impact on the lives of women and girls throughout our San Diego community. We are proud to be part of the solution and to help lift women and girls out of poverty and provide opportunities for economic self-sufficiency.

    Thank you to each and every one of you for your commitment to Women Give San Diego. Our members are the heart and soul of our community, and the driving force behind our community impact!

    To read Linda and Gayle’s “10 Things We Learned” reflection, please click here.

    To read “10 Fun Facts” about Women Give San Diego’s 10 years, please click here.

    Stronger Together!


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    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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