Leveraging resources causes a ripple effect.


We are committed to leveraging the collective resources to affect a change in attitude, behavior and/or culture.  Our focus is on systemic change for the betterment of the lives of women and girls in our community.  We select the projects that are innovative and create long lasting change. We create collaborations so that our grants have the greatest impact.


Our key funding areas are economic empowerment, leadership development, and education.

Here are  examples of how we address the needs in those areas…

Economic Empowerment

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.

Economic Empowerment

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.

Economic Empowerment

Renaissance Theaterworks

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.

Leadership Development

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.

Leadership Development

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.

Leadership Development

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.


Making sure women and girls are educated about the issues that affect them and ensuring they are able to obtain the education they want.


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.


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.


Hayes Bilingual (MPS)

Cientificas de Milwaukee program is the only extracurricular program that offers bilingual STEM 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.

Why It Matters

Millennial women are more likely than their male counterparts to have a bachelor’s degree or higher (36.3 percent, compared with only 28.3 percent of Millennial men), yet Millennial women have lower earnings than men in all but one state, and higher rates of poverty than Millennial men in every state in the nation.

Economic parity is crucial and a priority for the Women’s Fund.