At a fundraising dinner celebrating its 25th anniversary, A Fund for Women on Tuesday announced $100,000 in grants to six area nonprofits that support the economic empowerment of women and girls.
Grant recipients include:
- Centro Hispano of Dane County for The Camino Pathways Certified Nursing Assistant Program, which expands training, job placement and support services for Latina women pursuing careers in the health care sector.
- Doyenne Group to fund professional development opportunities for women entrepreneurs focusing on mentorship, business strategy, and business venture growth.
- Latino Academy of Workforce Development for The Spanish GED for Latinas, which project will empower at least 75 women to make progress toward attaining GEDs and provide support services including tutoring, career assessment, resume creation, transportation, and child care.
- Operation Fresh Start to expand a re-engagement program for young women and girls who have disengaged from high school, including guidance counseling, case management and assistance attaining high school diplomas or GEDs.
- The Road Home of Dane County to support the Women’s Employment & Training Fund, which provides resources for child care, car repairs, certified nursing assistant testing, GED testing, college application fees, clothing and transportation
- YWCA Madison to support The Women in YWebCareer Academy, which offers a training boot camp technology course designed for women and people of color who are underrepresented in the technology field.
In addition, A Fund for Women’s founder Jane Coleman announced a challenge to donors who leave a gift to the fund in their will or estate plan. Coleman will make a contribution of $1,000 for the first 25 people who make a planned giving commitment.
“To achieve something wonderful you often need to give money proactively, on an ongoing basis, and that’s where an endowment is simply invaluable,” Coleman said in a statement. “With more support, A Fund for Women will continue to provide new opportunities for women and girls while building a strong culture of women’s philanthropy in our community.”
A Fund for Women was founded in 1993 with gifts of $1,000 from 100 original donors who raised $100,000 to start an endowment fund, which is invested and grows over time. Today the fund, managed by Madison Community Foundation, is valued at over $2.7 million and awards grants totaling approximately $100,000 annually. In the last 25 years, AFFW has awarded over 125 grants totaling more than $1.3 million to area organizations working to empower women.
Nearly 300 people, including many original donors, gathered at the Edgewater Hotel on Tuesday night to recognize grant recipients and celebrate the milestone.