The Flash Grant program was initiated in 2017 in an effort to respond to requests and opportunities as they are presented. While still focused on advancing equity for women, these grants are for a very specific project. An informal process of requests allows for spontaneity; the grants are usually in the $500 – $1,500 range. The impact of these grants has exceeded expectations. There are limited funds allocated to this methodology.

Your contribution to the Women’s Fund ensures this grant program is sustained and continues to grow. Thank you.

Flash Grant 2022

June 2022
In response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, we gave a flash grant to carafem.

Founded in 2013, carafem is ushering in a new era of abortion care in the U.S. Your donations will help the organization provide access to quality abortion care to women in brick and mortar health centers and online at their Virtual Visit Center.

Additionally, we awarded flash grants to these organizations:

Committee to Protect Healthcare

HIR Wellness Center

Hmong American Women’s Association (HAWA)

Midwest Access Coalition (MAC)

Milwaukee Film, Out of the Picture

Physicians for Reproductive Health (PRH)

Wisconsin Abortion Support Network (WASN)

Women’s March Foundation

Flash Grants 2021

In partnership with Wisconsin Women’s Council
These grants support responses to COVID’s impact on mental health and the well-being of women in underserved communities. We know women have been disproportionately affected by the crises and recognize these organizations are providing essential support in our community.

We celebrate this partnership and are grateful for the generosity of so many supporters…thank you!

Cathedral Center

CORE/El Centro

Foundations for Freedom, Inc.

Hmong American Women’s Association

MA’RUF Center

Flash Grant 2020 Honoring the Legacy of RBG

On September 18, 2020 Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away leaving an indelible legacy. To honor and celebrate her life and legacy of advancing equity for women, we encouraged gifts to be made in her honor. Donors had the unique opportunity to select the Flash Grant charity of choice from a list of finalists…ACTS Housing was selected and was presented with a WF Flash Grant. 

About ACTS Housing

We know home ownership is essential to advancing equity for women. Home ownership is the foundation for improved family relationships, better health and academic outcomes. It is also empowering and inspiring for the new owner and everyone in her sphere.  

The key to their work is making sure that ACTS families thrive as homeowners, building stable homes for their families and becoming sources of strength on their blocks and in their neighborhoods. We are proud to be a partner in this work. 

Additionally, we awarded flash grants to these organizations:
HIR Wellness Center
Women’s Leadership Collaboration, A Day for Pay Equity
The Asha Project

Flash Grants 2019

American Red Cross

Flash Grants 2018

Alliance Française of Milwaukee

Girls at City Hall, City of Milwaukee

Milwaukee Women, Inc. and TEMPO Milwaukee

Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee

Flash Grants 2017

9to5 Wisconsin

Black Arts MKE

Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear, Women’s History Month Exhibit

Convergence Resource Center, Solace Identify and Provide

Denim Day MKE

Girls on the Run

Medical College of Wisconsin, Women in Science Series

Medical College of Wisconsin, Women’s Mental Health

Milwaukee Muslim Film Festival

Milwaukee Preservation Alliance, Soldiers Home Milwaukee

Milwaukee Women’s Film Festival

St. Joan Antida High School

Wardlaw Productions, Hummingbird: A Sister’s Courage

Wisconsin Breast Cancer Coalition

Women’s International League for Peace, Most Dangerous Women Project

Flash Grants...A Circular Story of Impact

In 2017, the Women’s Fund provided Flash Grants to several area non-profits. One of which was to St. Joan Antida, an all-girls high school in Milwaukee. The school used their WF Flash Grant to purchase a van to help with student transportation to events and field trips. The Women’s Fund also made a Flash Grant to the Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear to enhance the profiles of the women featured in their museum. The Museum contains various themed shops from Avrum Chudnow’s (1913-2005) extensive and eclectic collection of early 20th Century Americana.  The Museum is rated one of the Top 10 Best Things to see in Milwaukee on, so there are between 8,000 and 12,000 people exploring this boutique hidden gem. One caveat to the grant, was for the Chudnow to enhance the exhibits by adding information about the achievements and contributions made by women to the artifacts in the permanent collection…hence the installation of Women History Facts now prevalent throughout the Museum. Most Museum visitors are escorted on a private docent-led tour with stories shared to support the collection on display. Now those stories include information about women as inventors and innovators! On March 1, the Women’s Fund hosted a reception marking the opening of the National Women’s History Month exhibit and the new Women’s History Facts. A history teacher from St. Joan Antida High School attended the Opening Reception.  After reading the newly installed Women History Facts, she indicated she would bring her students studying women’s history in March, over in the van purchased with the WF Flash Grant, to read the Women’s History Facts, as a result of a WF Flash Grant. Truly a ripple effect…one grant to another…to advance equity for women.