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. We look forward to announcing our funding decisions in May 2020. The opportunity to submit a LOI has closed and will re-open in November, 2020.

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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!

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WGSD Coffee Connector 11:00 am
WGSD Coffee Connector @ Crisis House
Feb 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join us for our first Coffee Connector of 2020! Members will have the opportunity to learn more about our grant partner, Crisis House. Crisis House is a landmark Community Resource Center established in 1970 in El Cajon, California that administers a variety of programs and activities for individuals and families experiencing a crisis
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Recent Events

10 Year Anniversary Celebration

    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.

    Stronger Together!


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