Women's Fund Focus Areas
The Austin Community Foundation believes that maintaining the economic security of women and children is essential to closing the opportunity gap in Central Texas.
The Women’s Fund is committed to data-driven grantmaking that supports the building blocks of economic security. A report released by the Women's Fund in 2017 illuminates data that paints a stark picture for Austin’s women and children. The report, Women’s Issues are Community Issues: A 2017 Status Report on Women & Children, along with community-led Strategy Labs, defined the focus of Women’s Fund.
As a follow up to the 2017 report, we partnered with Children at Risk to go further into the data surrounding the benefits and challenges of quality access to child care in Central Texas. Read the full report Child Care - An Essential Work Support for Women.
Over the next several years, the Women’s Fund will focus its investments in the following ways:
Housing is the anchor to economic security for women and children, who are the most vulnerable to housing instability and cost burdens. The Women’s Fund focuses our housing investments on increasing supportive services for women and children living in affordable housing.
Child care is essential work support for women seeking to provide for their families and secure their futures, yet there is a lack of quality, affordable child care in Central Texas. The Women’s Fund focuses our child care investments on funding the expansion of proven programs/providers to increase access to quality child care for low-income families.
Education is the pathway out of poverty. With every step of the educational ladder, women see increases in salary and are therefore better able to provide for the basic needs of their families. The Women’s Fund focuses our educational investments on supporting a path to post-secondary success and participation in the workforce.
Unintended Pregnancy Prevention
Preventing unintended pregnancy is vital to maintaining pathways to economic security. Unintended pregnancy leaves young women less likely to finish school and more likely to raise their children in poverty. The Women’s Fund focuses our unintended pregnancy prevention investments on increasing access to, and education on, long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs).