What We Do
Women Give San Diego is a non-profit organization with 130 members. We fund programs that help women and girls of San Diego achieve economic self-sufficiency. Through our 7 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.
Women Give San Diego (WGSD) funds non-profit organizations in San Diego County that offer underserved women and girls the opportunity to become fully engaged in the prosperity of their local communities. Women Give San Diego also advocates for public awareness of women’s economic issues and policy change at the local and state level. WGSD’s model for change balances education, community collaboration and advocacy, and strategic, effective grantmaking.
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
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.
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. Our over-arching program goals are:
“Dumplings of the World” Potluck 4:00 pm
“Dumplings of the World” Potluck @ University City
Dec 8 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Third Annual “Dumplings of the World” potluck extravaganza. Pull out those cookbooks (and black stretchy pants) for doughy delights, sweet or savory, from our own kitchens and traditions. Organized by the Mentorship Team The Mentorship Team focuses on cultivating informal mentorship opportunities by planning small group gatherings based around a topic where a Women Give San Diego member shares ...
2019 New Grant Partners Celebration
Membership Meeting May 20th
Our Grants Committee hosted this popular event at beautiful Olivewood Gardens. Using the issue of homelessness aid as a focus, they worked diligently to narrow 64 applicants for this year’s grants program down to 4 recipients. All four of these organizations are focused on helping the women of San Diego become independent, strong and self-sufficient.
Crisis House is a landmark Community Resource Center in El Cajon, California serving the poor and homeless, with an objective to serve every individual who walks through their doors, as well as those who call their offices for crisis intervention and referral services.
Women Give San Diego will be supporting the agency’s collective of domestic violence programs, referred to as the Journey Programs. These programs offer emergency, transitional and rapid re-housing (rental assistance) programs. Combined, the Journey programs will help 125 survivor households annually.
Through a range of integrated services, Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) empowers people of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds to overcome challenges, set goals, and build more stable, secure, and connected lives. Women Give San Diego will be supporting the JFS’s Safe Parking Program by providing targeted financial assistance for women age 55 and older who are living in their cars. The Safe Parking Program ensures their vehicles remain safe and operable as they work to secure stable permanent housing. Program participants are assigned to a specific parking lot where they can park overnight and receive wraparound services such as food assistance and counseling as they work with JFS staff to secure stable housing. This program improves safety and security for older homeless women and helps maintain their ability to work, attend important appointments related to their well-being, maintain important relationships and connections, and perform basic tasks of everyday living.
The San Diego LGBT Community Center’s mission is to enhance and sustain the health and well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV communities by providing activities, programs and services that create community; empower community members; provide essential resources; advocate for civil and human rights; and embrace, promote and support our cultural diversity. Women Give San Diego will be supporting the Sunburst Youth Housing Project. Currently, The Center houses 23 formerly homeless youth aged 18-24 and offers intensive case management, mental health services, life skills training, risk reduction counseling, coordination of counseling appointments, assistance navigating access to healthcare, PrEP coordination, on-site HIV testing, assistance with obtaining employment and support with the pursuit of educational goals.
Free to Thrive empowers survivors of human trafficking to be free from exploitation and to thrive by providing them with legal services and connections to other supportive services needed to get back on their feet. As a Women Give Grant Partner, Free to Thrive will assist clients at Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility (San Diego’s women’s jail) with their housing needs by connecting them with services to include helping them get into an emergency shelter, safe house or program (such as a human trafficking specific program or drug/alcohol rehabilitation program), providing relocation assistance, assisting them with finding long-term or transitional housing, and connecting them to a case manager/social worker who can help them connect to these housing and other supportive services.
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!