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.

Our Mission


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.

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 10 years, Women Give San Diego has granted $810,000 to 30 organizations in San Diego, funding programs which promote economic self-sufficiency for women and girls.

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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 2019

This year’s recipients received a total of $110,000 for their programs, all of which help San Diego’s women and girls become economically self-sufficient by addressing homelessness issues.

Crisis House

Crisis House is a Community Resource Center in El Cajon, California serving the poor and homeless. Their support helps clients overcome complex and challenging circumstances, including domestic violence, health conditions, and lack of access to food and housing.

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Jewish Family Services

Jewish Family Service empowers people of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds to overcome challenges, set goals, and build more stable, secure, and connected lives. Our grant supports their Safe Parking Program (SPP), which aids homeless people living in their cars by offering person-centered, wraparound services that address the needs of each participant and support their transition to permanent housing.

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San Diego LGBT Community Center

The Center provides many types of vital, direct service through its youth services programming that increase housing stability and improve the wellness and empowerment of LGBT youth.

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Free to Thrive

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 emergency shelter, safe houses, relocation assistance, transitional housing and a case manager to oversee their transition.

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Apply for a grant from Women Give San Diego

Thank you to all the organizations who submitted LOIs for our current grant cycle. The application process is now closed and will re-open in November, 2019.

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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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General Membership Meeting – Mental Health Issues for Women and Girls: Challenges and Solutions 5:30 pm
General Membership Meeting – Mental Health Issues for Women and Girls: Challenges and Solutions @ AMN Healthcare
Nov 4 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Mental Health Issues for Women and Girls: Challenges and Solutions Organized by the Education/Advocacy Team
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Coffee Connector w/ Elder Help 8:00 am
Coffee Connector w/ Elder Help @ Elder Help
Nov 13 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Please join Women Give San Diego for a Coffee Connector with 2017 Grant Partner, Elderhelp. Come learn about Elderhelp’s Mission and Impact and spend some time networking with your WGSD colleagues. For over 44 years, ElderHelp has advocated for San Diego’s senior population, believing that helping seniors age with dignity in their homes creates a stronger more vibrant community for citizens of ...
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Recent Events

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.

    Stronger Together!


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