Grants At WorkWe helped create conditions leading to economic empowerment and social justice through women and girls through shifts in culture, attitudes and behavior.
Making sure that all women and girls are a part of the economic mainstream. Our grantees are promoting economic justice, financial stability and self-sufficiency for women including creating fair economic policies that enable employment to be a way out of poverty rather than another form of poverty.
The Benedict Center
A multi-year project designed to create, maintain and expand policies and practices that decriminalize prostitution – a criminal record stops women from entering the economic mainstream through employment.
A new cutting edge initiative that is developing and advancing the work of female playwrights while raising awareness of gender inequality in professional theatre – a multi-billion dollar industry where women are practically nonexistent.
Making sure more women and girls become leaders and support the women and girls who are already leaders. Our grantees are promoting knowledge/skill acquisition and practice in ways that help them use their power to effect social change and promote the value of equity, social justice, self- knowledge, personal empowerment, collaboration, citizenship, and service.
Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition
The only Muslim women’s organization in Wisconsin addressing some of the unique needs of Muslim women through culturally sensitive programming. This includes empowering Muslim women through building leadership and advocacy skills and by addressing external challenges such as Islamophobia.
Voces de la Frontera
Women’s Leadership efforts offers a holistic, systematic, grassroots, program. In the area of organizing 100 women to become leaders related to immigration and workplace rights.
HIR Wellness Center
“We were so honored and grateful to receive funding from the Women’s Fund. Last week, our Courage to Thrive group for tween girls created smudge/prayer bundles of cedar and sage for a Native family living on a reservation in North Dakota whose daughter has gone missing. They’ve been searching for her for weeks. We wanted to show the girls that even without money, and even though they are young, they can still help in deeply meaningful ways, and provide some light in dark times. We emphasized putting positive energy, good intentions, and love into the creation of each bundle. They are a great group of girls and each more powerful than they realize.”
Making sure women and girls are educated about the issues that affect them and ensuring they are able to obtain the education they want.
Pearls for Teen Girls
This program offers an evidence-based curriculum and strong adult-girl mentorships to awaken adolescent girls to the power they have to direct their own lives, and helps them develop the knowledge, skills, and mindsets to succeed in school, seek post-secondary education, and avoid teen pregnancy.
Arts at Large
This program supports the research, creative response and advocacy tools developed by and for young women, predominantly middle and high school girls, to promote respect for self and peers, regardless of body type, ethnicity, sexual orientation and/or appearance. The young women will them become the advocates in their own schools for the education of all young women around these issues.
Hayes Bilingual (MPS)
Cientificas de Milwaukee is the only extracurricular program in the Milwaukee Public Schools that offers bilingual STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education to elementary and middle school-aged girls in the Milwaukee Area and raises awareness of the disparities apparent in the higher education pipeline, particularly in STEM fields. Offered at Hayes Elementary School, the program has grown from five girls to fifty in grades 5th through 8th. Funded through the Women’s Fund Social Change Grants Program, Cientificas has changed the attitudes about STEM careers.