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:
Surviving (and Thriving) in Male Dominated Industries
March 6, 2019
Membership Meeting March 6th
The Communications Committee hosted a panel by three of our Women Give members entitled “Surviving and Thriving in Male-Dominated Industries”. The panelists included Karin Winner, who began her career as a journalist and concluded as the first woman editor of the San Diego Union Tribune, Christine Oster, who spent several decades at Intel, from its beginning through to its current dominant position as a high tech powerhouse, and Blossom Sanger, who was a successful anesthesiologist in the very male-dominated medical world.
The discussion, led by moderator Judy Bee, touched on topics such as pay inequity, unfair treatment, personal sacrifices, and mentorship. An animated discussion followed the panelists’ stories in which we discussed the idea of “Leaning In” and career advancement in the age of the Me Too movement.
The panel was a great example of the value of Women Give’s multi-generational membership model and how we can learn from and help each other.
For full bios of our panelists, please click here.
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!