What We Do
Women Give San Diego is a non-profit organization with 155 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.
We stand unequivocally against racism, injustice, and inequality – structural roadblocks that have negated Black involvement as equally participating and contributing participants of our national community. We do stand with our Black community members. We stand with peaceful protesters everywhere. Click here to read more about our commitment.
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:
Connected Conversations on Racial Equity, Philanthropy, and Enhancing DEI: What does that look like at WGSD? 5:30 pm
Connected Conversations on Racial Equity, Philanthropy, and Enhancing DEI: What does that look like at WGSD? @ Zoom - see punchbowl invite for details
Nov 11 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Team are hosting a very special virtual event on November 11th, from 5:30-7:00 PM. “Connected Conversations on Racial Equity, Philanthropy, and enhancing DEI: What does that look like at WGSD?” Please join us for connected conversations with Dhalia Balmir, Racial Equity Consultant, and special guest speakers (TBD) to engage in meaningful dialogue on this ...
Coffee Connector with Dreams for Change 9:00 am
Coffee Connector with Dreams for Change @ Zoom - see punchbowl invite for details
Nov 17 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Join Women Give San Diego for a Virtual Coffee Connector with our 2015 grant partner, Dreams for Change, on Tuesday, November 17 from 9AM-10AM. Grab a cup of coffee, join us on Zoom, and catch up with our previous grant partner. We will hear what they have been up to, how the program we supported is doing, and how they are impacted by Covid. ...
Cooking Tips and Tricks with Pam Mudd 5:00 pm
Cooking Tips and Tricks with Pam Mudd @ Zoom - see punchbowl invite for details
Nov 19 @ 5:00 pm
Cooking Tips and Tricks just in time for Thanksgiving! Please join WGSD founding member and co-founder of Smart Food, Pam Mudd, on November 19 at 5:00 pm, for a dynamic discussion and demonstration via Zoom. Pam will share her favorite ingredients, sauces, spices, tools and shortcuts for making life in the kitchen easy, fun and delicious. Members are encouraged to ...
January 13, 2020
Women Give San Diego celebrated it’s 10 year anniversary with a festive, event attended by over 100 members, grant partners, and past members alike! Thank you to all those who spent the evening with us, it was an incredibly joy-filled and meaningful night for all of us and we are so happy that you were a part of it.
The evening kicked off with professional headshots taken for all of our guests, plus lots of socializing, eating, and drinking! The short program included a welcome from current Women Give San Diego Presidents Sara Vaz and Stephanie Korszen and Lux Art Institute Executive Director, Andrew Ütt. Women Give San Diego founders Linda Katz and Gayle Tauber shared a heartfelt reflection on the organization’s creation and growth, expressed words of gratitude for the WGSD members and community, and honored WGSD’s founding members as a gesture of appreciation for a full decade of their support and dedication.
We also heard from Dana Bristol-Smith, founder and executive director of WGSD Grant Partner, Leap to Success, who shared with us the incredible impact their organization has on women in our community, and graciously spoke to the impact of the Women Give San Diego grant they received a few years back and its significance in helping drive their organizational goals forward. We heard from our amazing partner in philanthropy, President and CEO of SD Grantmakers, Debbie McKeon, who rounded out the program with a testimonial to our partnership and shared vision. Finally, Women Give San Diego past Presidents were also honored with small tokens of appreciation from current Presidents, Sara and Stephanie.
The evening was a genuine and emotional reflection of the heart, energy, and passion that sparked the founding of Women Give San Diego by Founding President, Jan Tuttleman, and co-Founders Linda Katz and Gayle Tauber, in 2009.
10 years and 31 grants totaling $810,000 later, and we had a whole lot to celebrate!
Together with our 152 members, Women Give San Diego has made and continues to make an impact on the lives of women and girls throughout our San Diego community. We are proud to be part of the solution and to help lift women and girls out of poverty and provide opportunities for economic self-sufficiency.
Thank you to each and every one of you for your commitment to Women Give San Diego. Our members are the heart and soul of our community, and the driving force behind our community impact!
To read Linda and Gayle’s “10 Things We Learned” reflection, please click here.
To read “10 Fun Facts” about Women Give San Diego’s 10 years, 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!