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 9 years, Women Give San Diego has granted $700,000 to 26 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
  • 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.


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. 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 2018

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.

Casa Cornelia

Our grant supports the Victim of Crimes program, which provides no-cost, quality legal services to indigent, undocumented victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, and other serious crimes.


Casa de Amparo

Our grant supports programs that assist female foster youth and transition age youth as they age out of the system and make their way towards independence through one-on-one case management and trauma care, education support, and job readiness training.


MANA de San Diego

Women Give San Diego is supporting a mentorship program that guides Latinas from at-risk backgrounds from middle school through college and a leadership program for Latina professionals looking to advance in their careers.


UCSD Center for Community Health, Refugee Health Unit

Our grant supports a community-based participatory research study that will build collective understanding and knowledge of how gender (and other factors) has impacted economic, educational and leadership opportunities for refugee women and girls in our community.

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Apply for a grant from Women Give San Diego

Women Give San Diego is not yet accepting grant applications. The process will begin in the fall with a grants workshop, so please check back then. 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

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Grant Partner Volunteer Opportunities 8:00 am
Grant Partner Volunteer Opportunities
Sep 1 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Please join WGSD and the Community Engagement Team for special volunteer opportunities with our grantee partners! WGSD Volunteer Opportunities -Sept 18 – Sept 2018
San Diego Grantmakers Summit on Advancing Gender Equity 9:00 am
San Diego Grantmakers Summit on Advancing Gender Equity @ Great Hall, International House
Sep 5 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Current events, combined with long standing gender inequality, have highlighted the need to advance gender equity in all segments of our society. The half-day summit provides a space to learn with your fellow funders, community, and thought leaders about the most pressing gender equity issues that are facing our region and strategies that have been developed to balance the playing ...
Grant Partner Mixer 5:30 pm
Grant Partner Mixer @ Bernstein Investment Research
Sep 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Each year, we like to introduce our new grant partners in an informal, one on one setting.  This engaging event will give you the opportunity to meet each of the partners and learn more about the work they do. They will also be able to share with you the impact of the WGSD grant they will be receiving.
Executive committee meeting 5:30 pm
Executive committee meeting @ Pamela Mudd
Sep 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Bi-annual executive committee meeting.  Agenda to be sent out just prior to the meeting.

Recent Events

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.

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