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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. 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 will focus our housing investments on programs increasing supportive services for women and children living in affordable housing. 

Child Care

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 will focus our child care investments on funding the expansion of proven programs/providers to increase access to 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 will focus our educational investments in programs supporting a path to post-secondary success and participation in the workforce.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Preventing teen pregnancy is vital to maintaining pathways to economic security. Teen pregnancy leaves young women less likely to finish school and more likely to raise their children in poverty. The Women’s Fund will focus our teen pregnancy prevention investments on programs that increase access to long acting reversible contraception (LARCs).

Download Women’s Issues are Community Issues Report