Increasing the economic security of women and their families will take more than job training, wrap-around services at community colleges, or diversity programs in the workplace. While those programs are critical, lasting change requires shifts in how people think and act, and in the policies that support women.
We make lasting change by:
What makes women’s foundations so effective is their integrated approach – incorporating a community and gender-specific lens as they invest in multiple strategies and programs.
View the top strategies that women’s foundations use to advance the economic security of women and girls. Each strategy lists the most commonly funded programs.
The three most reported grantmaking programs advancing women’s economic security are:
Within these three programs, the most reported indicators for measuring impact, as reported by women’s foundations, are:
Participating in job or trade training
Completing job or trade training that leads to placement
Participating in financial literacy training
Obtaining credentials or degrees that better position them in the workforce
Who secure a job
Obtaining non-traditional or higher-paid jobs
Earning higher wages than at time of entering a program
Retaining jobs for 90 days or more
Gaining access to work supports, such as childcare and transportation
Average wage increase of women that complete training
Total dollar increase in income for women who secure jobs
Education & Training
Number of women participating in financial literacy training
Between 2012 and 2015, 4104 women completed Washington Area Women’s Foundation’s financial literacy training.