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.
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:
Walk and Talk 8:00 am
Walk and Talk @ Kate O. Sessions Memorial Park
Jun 2 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Join us for our first Walk and Talk, a chance to get to know your WGSD members better while also getting some fresh air and exercise! Named after a renowned San Diego horticulturist and landscape architect, this 139-acre park is located on a hilltop between the communities of La Jolla and Pacific Beach. The high perch leads to some spectacular ...
Photography Mentorship Event 6:00 pm
Photography Mentorship Event @ The home of Janie Anderson
Jun 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
What makes a good photograph? Whether you have aspirations of being an award-winning photographer or are taking iPhone photos for Instagram, there are simple techniques that will help you get better shots every time. Join Janie Anderson who will share easy tips through showing her own photographic successes and bloopers. Please bring a bite to share, and Janie will provide ...
2018 Annual Grants Celebration of Impact
On May 21st, Women Give San Diego membership and guests came together for our 2018 Grants Ceremony. This was a celebration—a celebration of our mission in action, a celebration of the past and forthcoming accomplishments of our newest grant partners, a celebration of the strength and resilience of the women and girls they serve, and a celebration of the power that women have when we work together.
Together, we were able to support the incredible work of four local organizations whose programs promote the economic self-sufficiency of women and girls: Casa Cornelia Law Center, Casa de Amparo, MANA de San Diego, and the UCSD Center for Community Health, Refugee Unit.
This amounts to an investment of $110,000 over the next two years. We couldn’t do this without your membership and support – thank you!
Over 80 women, both current members and guests, came out to celebrate with us at the ceremony. We heard from women who have overcome incredible obstacles to build independent lives for themselves, as well as young women already making waves and helping shape San Diego for the better; and we got the chance to meet the fearless leaders who are behind the great work of our partner agencies.
The grant partners were selected through a careful process by our Grants Team that started at the end of last year. The Grants Ceremony was graciously hosted by 2-1-1 San Diego at their headquarters and put on by our amazing Events Team with support from Judy Bee. Many thanks to all who attended and helped make this magical evening possible.
Casa Cornelia Law Center
Casa Cornelia Law Center is a non-profit law firm that provides quality, free legal services to immigrants and refugees eligible for humanitarian relief, including women and girls who have survived domestic violence, human trafficking, and other types of gender-based violence. Casa Cornelia’s ability to provide pro bono legal immigration services provides a beacon of hope to women and children who find themselves in this uncertain environment. Women Give San Diego is proud to provide Casa Cornelia with a grant to support its Victim of Crimes program, which empowers victimized women and their children to stand up against their abusers and legalize their immigration status.
Casa de Amparo
Casa de Amparo provides unique and innovative services in order to heal, stop child mistreatment of any kind, and end generational cycles of abuse. Casa de Amparo has locations in Oceanside and San Marcos and is recognized as a major force in the field of child abuse prevention for the region. Women Give San Diego’s grant will be directed to Casa de Amparo’s Residential Services and New Directions programs, which support female foster youth and transition age youth as they age out of the system and make their way towards independence. These programs support young women to achieve economic security by equipping them with the tools necessary to gain and maintain employment, define and accomplish education goals, and obtain financial security.
MANA de San Diego
MANA, short for “Hermana,” the Spanish word for sister, is a dynamic sisterhood of Latinas. MANA aims to create a platform for a unifying force – a strong Latina voice advocating for a deeper Latina involvement in the educational, economic, political, and social arenas in San Diego. Women Give is proud to provide a grant to support two MANA programs: The Hermanitas Mentorship Program, which guides Latina youth from at-risk backgrounds to earn a high school degree and pursue higher education; and the Latina Success Leadership Program, which helps Latina professionals advance in their careers through workshops that are designed to increase civic engagement, empower participants to define and achieve their professional goals, expand their professional networks, and build their personal brands.
UCSD Center for Community Health, Refugee Unit
The Center for Community Health, Refugee Health Unit, a part of UCSD Foundation, works to protect, promote and improve the physical, mental and financial well-being of the refugee population in San Diego County. Through collaboration with refugee-led organizations and agencies, the UCSD Center of Community Health strives to achieve their vision: for there to be no health inequalities, to see our young women in positions of leadership, graduating high school with honors, attending college, and experiencing success in their careers. Women Give San Diego is proud to provide a grant to support an innovative and much needed community-based participatory research study through which refugee women and girls, ethnic community-based organizations, mainstream partners and project researchers will work together to build collective understanding of how gender (and other factors) has impacted economic, educational and leadership opportunities for refugee women and girls.
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!