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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


To Apply for a Grant
Learn about our Letter of Inquiry Process and deadlines.

Contact Tricia Hyacinth, Manager, the Fund for Women and Girls.



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.
 
Learn more about the Family Economic Security Program.

Fund for Women and Girls Mission Statement

VISION:

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.

MISSION:

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.

ABOUT US:

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.

How you can help

    You can make a tax deductible, online contribution to the Fund for Women and Girls.

    To make a contribution by mail or fax, or for more information, email Suzanne Brown Peters, Vice President of the Fund for Women and Girls, or call her at 203.750.3208.