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

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 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
  • 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
  • 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

Women Give San Diego is now accepting letters of interest for funding in 2018. Please click on the link below to submit your statement by December 16, 2017.

Apply Now

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!

Recent Events

Coming from Away : Local Refugee and Immigrant Women

One of the six areas of focus for Women Give San Diego is helping immigrant and refugee women. On November 13th, the Education Team led a lively panel discussion of recent policy changes that are impacting local refugee and immigrant women. The four panelists were from organizations that are working to help these women navigate through these changes, including two of whom are prior grant recipients from WGSD (Casa Cornelia and UWEAST).

Many of the populations served here in San Diego often involve mixed-status families that may include some mix of refugee/undocumented, U.S. born citizens, and/or a DACA recipient. The panelists’ organizations often work not only with the immigrant/refugee but with their families as well, and recent executive/legislative changes are affecting all members of these families and communities in a variety of ways.

Lenise Andrade, the Education Team co-chair, helped explain the distinction between terms we hear daily but may not fully understand. Through a better understanding, we are in a stronger position to help effect change for this vulnerable population. We strongly encourage our WGSD members to get involved in this critical area of focus. Below you will find the contact information for our panelists as well as a glossary of terms to maximize your impact.

Please scroll to the end for specific calls to action for our participant organizations.


California Endowment, Steve Eldred, Senior Program Manager
www.calendow.org or (858) 526-2600
The California Endowment’s mission is to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. We don’t focus on prescriptions. We focus on fixing broken systems and outdated policies, ensuring the balance of power is with the people. We don’t focus on the individual, we focus on the larger community as an ecosystem of health. We work with citizens and elected leaders to find lasting solutions to impact the most people we possibly can. We’re changing the narrative around health to ensure health and justice for all.

Casa Cornelia Law Center, Elizabeth Camarena, Esq, Associate Director
www.casacornelia.org or (619) 231-7788
Casa Cornelia is a public interest law firm providing quality legal services to victims of human and civil rights violations. Casa Cornelia has a primary commitment to indigent persons within the immigrant community in Southern California, seeking to educate others regarding the impact of immigration law and policy on the community and the public good.

Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA), Ramla Sahid, Executive Director
www.panasd.org or (619) 732-6793
PANA promotes the fair treatment and equitable inclusion of refugee communities using organizing to achieve collective impact and policy change. PANA is dedicated to increasing the number of leaders from refugee backgrounds who understand and work on the issues concerning New Americans.

United Women of East Africa (UWEAST), Sahra Abdi, Executive Director
www.unitedwomenofeastafrica.org or (619) 487-1188
United Women’s East African Support Team (UWEAST), is a community driven organization and comprised of over 200 East African women with the mission of being the pipeline for culturally competent healthcare services, education, advocacy, for the improved well-being of East African women and families.

Immigration Glossary/References:
Refugee: A refugee is someone who is forced to leave their home due to the fear of persecution based on race, religion, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group, and is not firmly resettled in another country. The United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR) staff interview everyone, and only those who can prove they are facing persecution and cannot return to their home country are registered as “refugees.” Refugees are interviewed again by U.S. State Department staff multiple times. Their story is vetted, they complete biographical screenings, and multiple U.S. intelligence agencies work together to create a full background check on each applicant, multiple times.
Asylum seeker: A person who meets the refugee definition and is in United States or at a port of entry seeking protection, but do not have refugee status yet.

DACA recipients: Brought to the U.S. as children, received protection from deportation and allowed to work under DACA, which was rescinded this year and will wind down over the next 2 years.

Unaccompanied children: The majority in San Diego county are youth fleeing violence and/or forced gang affiliation in Central America, do not have refugee status nor protections and entered the U.S. without a parent or guardian.

Undocumented immigrant: This includes those in the Unites States without any documentation. Many may qualify for a U Visa (for victims of serious crime), T Visa (for victims of human trafficking, or Violence Against Women Act (for victims of domestic violence; allows certain spouses, children, and parents of U.S. citizens and certain spouses and children of permanent residents to file a petition for themselves, without the abuser’s knowledge).

Would you like to help? Please get involved in these following ways to help these organizations:

Please invite friends and family to attend their Dec. 10th International Human Rights Day of Action

Why Human Rights Day of Action?

Last year, on December 10th, PANA launched the Right To A Roof Campaign for quality, affordable housing for all. Housing was chosen as a priority based on the 2015-2016 PANA Refugee Experiences report, incorporating input from over 600 community members across 50 house meetings.

As part of the campaign, in May 2017, PANA launched the Build Better San Diego coalition along with community and labor partners, to advance Homes Jobs and Transit for All. This year, we could not be more excited to return to the County Administration Building with you and thousands of San Diegans to show up for refugees and lay the groundwork to build a San Diego that is a true first class city for all of our families and where refugee and Muslim communities feel a sense of belonging. We hope you will RSVP, sign up to volunteer, and invite friends.

Donate to PANA – Generous donors like you are critical and help strengthen our ability to protect our newcomer and Muslim families. Please consider donating to PANA this giving Tuesday. Your gifts are tax-deductible and all donations go towards grassroots organizing, advocacy, and leadership development in refugee communities.

Casa Cornelia
Please visit our website for Volunteer Opportunities as well as job opportunities/careers. We currently have two job opportunities. A donation is always appreciated as well! Please go to http://www.casacornelia.org/volunteer.html or http://www.casacornelia.org/support-us.html

California Endowment
Call your Congressperson to state your for support legislation to protect DACA recipients – Dreamers who were brought to the U.S. as children and whose protection was recently rescinded. Congressional switchboard: (202) 224-3121.

Past Events

6th Annual Grants Ceremony
June 14, 2017

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