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 San Diego Grantmakers, 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.   Make a difference in the lives of SD women and girls!

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.

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
Community Engagement Volunteer Opportunities 8:00 am
Community Engagement Volunteer Opportunities
Oct 1 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Please review this chart for the latest volunteer opportunities with WGSD’s incredible grantee partners: WGSD Volunteer Opportunities September 2017
Mentorship Event 6:00 pm
Mentorship Event @ Location TBD - please check back soon!
Oct 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Recent Events

Back to School for WGSD


September 18, 2017 – Women Give San Diego kicked off this year’s fall general
membership program at the Braille Institute with a“Back-to- School” panel focused on education policy.
Former State Senator and WGSD member, Dede Alpert, assembled and moderated a panel
of experts to discuss the issues of public education, which impacts the lives of women and families
in San Diego County and across the state of California.

This event was organized by WGSD’s Advocacy Team, a group of members that regularly
convene to discuss and engage with current legislative activities that are in sync with the
mission of WGSD. We’re currently following bills in the legislative session, such as AB 273
– Unlocking Opportunities for Families, introduced by Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry
and supported by the Women’s Policy Institute. This bill would amend the code to include
English as a Second Language (ESL) and High School Equivalency (HSE) educational
programs as acceptable types of training courses for families to qualify for state-
subsidized child care and preschool. According to our partner, the Women’s Policy Institute,
AB 273 passed unanimously in both the house and senate. We now support Governor Brown
in signing the bill into law.

To stay informed on this bill and others, join the Advocacy team! Please email us at
advocacy@womengivesd.org to get involved or learn more.

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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