How the Fund for Women and Girls helps make a difference in Fairfield County
The Fund for Women and Girls
2013-2014 Grant Recipients
All Our Kin (Bridgeport, Norwalk) - $20,000: To support the Child Development Associate Training Program for a cohort of 20-25 family child care providers
Center for Women & Families (Bridgeport) - $5,000 To support GirlTalk, a support group for at risk girls ages 13-17
Domestic Violence Crisis Center (Regional) - $10,000 To support PeaceWorks and Teen PeaceWorks prevention education projects and youth-led clubs
Domus (Stamford)- $10,000 To support Girls Circle groups at Trailblazers, Westhill High School and Turn of River Middle School
Family & Children’s Agency (Norwalk) - $10,000 To support Girls Challenge, a program fostering leadership skills and strengthening positive peer relations
FSW, formerly Family Services Woodfield (Bridgeport) - $20,000 To support Project Win, a training program for women ages 18-55+
Girl Scouts of CT (Regional) - $20,000 To support Live Healthy, Lead Healthy, a holistic program that focuses on fitness, nutrition and stress reduction
Norwalk Community College Foundation (Regional)- $250,000 To support year 5 of the Family Economic Security Program, which provides comprehensive services to low-to-moderate wage students who are working heads of households with dependents
RYASAP (Bridgeport) - $10,000 To support Finding Her Voice, a program that focuses on personal development and healthy relationships
TBICO (Danbury) - $20,000 To support Better Skills. Better Jobs. Better Lives. a holistic program designed to increase a woman’s personal capacity
The Center for Sexual Assault (Lower Fairfield County) - $8,000 To support Girls Circle groups in Stamford and Norwalk
Wakeman Boys & Girls Club (Bridgeport) - $5,750 To support Chick Chat serving girls ages 8-13
Women’s Center of Greater Danbury (Danbury) - $12,380 To support Thriving Women and Project Be support groups
Women’s Business Development Council (Stamford, Norwalk) - $20,000 To support Microenterprise Training and Financial Education Programs
YWCA Greenwich (Greenwich) - $10,000 To support YNET, a youth-led social change vehicle that reaches nearly 3,000 students
Even though females make up more than half of the population, only seven cents out of each charitable dollar go to programs that solely benefit women and girls. Except for the Fund for Women and Girls.
Established in 1998 by women for women, the Fund for Women and Girls is a permanent Field of Interest fund of the Fairfield County Community Foundation. Thanks to the generosity of individuals, families, companies and private foundations, it has become the largest woman's fund in New England, awarding over $3 million in grants and reaching over 3,000 women and girls.
Focusing on Economic Security
The Fund for Women and Girls published the first research study on the status of women and girls in Fairfield County, titled "Holding Up Half the Sky." Our research confirmed what was expected — that many women and girls in Fairfield County enjoy exceptional achievement, affluence and security. Yet we also found what we feared — too many women are living at the poverty level because of limited education, low-paying jobs and the high cost of child care.
After a decade of investing grants in programs that help women move into safe, affordable housing and help girls cultivate confidence and life skills, we’re intensifying the Fund’s focus to help low-wage women achieve economic security.
Our investments and collaborations aim to create long-term social change to:
Increase women’s earning potential and help them move into higher-paying jobs
Prepare adolescent girls for their futures by cultivating confidence and life skills
Strengthen and educate a diverse philanthropic base to be advocates for change.
In 2007, the Fund for Women and Girls embarked on an initiative with Norwalk Community College and the Norwalk Community College Foundation on a bold plan that became the Family Economic Security Program.
Over five years, the Family Economic Security Program has provided 100 qualified students at Norwalk Community College with the personal, financial and career coaching they need to earn an Associate’s degree, a Bachelor’s degree and enter careers that allow them to support themselves and their families.
The Fund for Women and Girls envisions a county in which all women can achieve economic security and live healthy, safe lives within their communities.
Our mission is to empower women and girls in Fairfield County and enable them to reach their full potential. By leveraging human and financial capital and engaging women in philanthropy, we provide innovative and sustainable solutions to complex problems. FWG believes women are the heart of the community; when you help women, you help their families and all of society.
The Fund for Women and Girls believes that investing in women and girls yields long term social and economic returns for our community. As an endowed fund, we pledge to support current and future generations of women and girls. Our mission is supported by our practice of assessing the needs of women and girls in Fairfield County. We strategically focus grant-making, training for nonprofits, and collaborative partnerships to meet targeted needs and ensure long term social change.
Since 1998, we have:
systematically conducted research to determine our county’s critical need
invested in affordable housing for low-income working women
led best practices capacity building for girls’ programming
helped girls develop confidence through life skills and leadership programs
created a partnership with a community college to assist low-income working mothers attain advanced education and achieve economic security; and
strengthened and educated our diverse philanthropic base to be advocates and catalysts for change.