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 8 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.

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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. 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

Women Give San Diego is no longer accepting grant inquiries for our upcoming grant cycle. Please click on the link below to learn more about our funding strategies and practices.

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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 Grantee Volunteer Opportunities 8:00 am
WGSD Grantee Volunteer Opportunities
Apr 1 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Please join WGSD and the Community Engagement Team for special volunteer opportunities with our grantee partners!   WGSD Volunteer Opportunities (3).pdf- April 2018
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Full Cost Project Training @ San Diego Foundation
Apr 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
An exclusive learning opportunity provided by San Diego Grantmakers for members of Social Venture Partners, the San Diego Women’s Foundation and Women Give San Diego.   Click here to see the Evite and to register.
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Recent Events

Who’s in the Room : The Power of our Connections

Who was in the room?  Let’s say we didn’t need the lights on to create a powerful glow!

The meeting on March 12 at the Jewish Family Center was attended by 50 of the most powerful women in San Diego.  You might not hear about them in the UT, but we are so proud to have them as members and guests of Women Give San Diego.  After a lovely sunny happy hour with wine, six different delectable samosas, and fruit and cookies, we met in small groups.  After giving it some serious thought, each person shared with her tablemates her best strength and how she uses it as her superpower!  

WGSD is blessed with articulate self-confident women with skills in analysis/problem solving, intuitive empathic listening, team building/mentoring to achieve monumental performance, and using humor, sometimes involving wine and cheese, to break down barriers, lighten the load and generate conversation.  Through our membership and interest in WGSD and our greater San Diego community we are using our superpowers to show up and stand up for women and girls who are facing incredible challenges. 

If you missed this evening, we encourage you to look critically at how strong you are and step up to use those superpowers for good.  You can find volunteer opportunities in each of our newsletters or by emailing communityengagement@womengivesd.org or going to https://womengivesd.org/current-wgsd/ for team contact information.  We are stronger together!

7th Annual Grants Ceremony
June 14, 2017


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