New philanthropic partnership to help build bridges to economic self-sufficiency for women and girls in San Diego

Wednesday, September 27, 2017


Women Give San Diego (WGSD) and San Diego Grantmakers (SDG) have announced a dynamic new partnership that will benefit historically underserved and often overlooked women and girls in San Diego and provide opportunities for WGSD to continue their leadership in gender lens grantmaking by aligning with like-minded funders throughout the region.

Women Give San Diego, an influential and impactful local “giving circle”, is a group of 140 women. Giving circles are groups of individuals who come together, pool their resources, learn about and help solve problems in their community. Their members combine their individual gifts to award larger, high-impact grants to deserving organizations and find that working in a community of donors is more empowering than working alone. The agreement with SDG includes financial oversight and grantmaking support as well as deeper connections with the local philanthropic community to inspire giving for the betterment of women’s and girls’ rights and opportunities.

The formalizing of this fiscal sponsorship excites Women Give San Diego Co-Founder Linda Katz about the future of the organization. “We are confident that this partnership will prove to be an important step for our members to develop Women Give as an effective, efficient, vibrant, intergenerational and diverse collective giving circle”

“Working in collaboration with SDG provides a wonderful opportunity for our organization to move to the next level of community impact,” Katz said.

Nancy Jamison, President and CEO of San Diego Grantmakers, reflected on the serendipitous nature of the new partnership. “SDG was in the process of updating its strategic framework through 2020 and expanding our key work areas to include championing equity and opportunity and supporting new forms of philanthropy such as giving circles. 

“SDG currently has five giving circle member organizations that reflect a new and collaborative approach to funding social change. Women Give is a great example of how these groups are having impact, and with their focus on helping women and girls in San Diego achieve economic self-sufficiency, we see an amazing opportunity to further empower strategic giving for underserved communities.”

In 2007, at the request of WGSD Founding President and SDG board member, the late Jan Tuttleman, SDG convened a group of leaders from some of the region’s women’s grantmaking groups, including the San Diego Women’s Foundation, the Jewish Women’s Foundation, Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund and Foundation for Women to discuss how best to benefit underserved and overlooked women and girls in our community.  Women Give SD was ultimately founded as a result of these conversations, so it is fitting that, seven years later, WGSD and SDG have the opportunity to continue to advance Jan’s vision.

Pam Mudd, the current Co-President of WGSD was thrilled at the announcement and eager to get to work. "Women are more likely to share their economic gains with their families and communities, thus potentially making investment in women and girls a leveraged granting opportunity, no matter what your specific giving area focus"

“Together we are making a difference in our community and changing the lives of low income women and girls in San Diego. Through the hard work of our members we are making our impact on the local community so much stronger, and I encourage like-minded women to get involved with us today and help contribute to a more vibrant region for the future.”

WGSD has granted $590,000 over the last seven years to 23 charitable organizations with programs focused on promoting the economic self-sufficiency of women and girls in San Diego. All revenue is from membership contributions or one-time gifts.

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