The Women’s Fund at Austin Community Foundation educates, engages and inspires giving to improve the lives of women and children in our community.

 Austin Community Foundation is committed to understanding — and therefore narrowing — the opportunity gap in our region. The Women’s Fund is one of the Foundation’s key strategies for closing the opportunity gap.

We believe that when women are economically secure, safe and healthy, then families and communities thrive. Inspired by this guiding framework, the Women’s Fund employs a data-driven approach to grantmaking, impact investing, educational programming and leadership development. Since 2004, the Women's Fund has infused more than $1,600,000 into our community through grants to nonprofits working to improve the lives of women and children.

Key Strategies of the Women’s Fund

In the fall of 2017, ACF held a series of strategy labs to hone the Women’s Fund vision and programmatic focus. The conversations resulted in specifying four key areas to improve the economic security of women and children in our community.

  • Housing – Increasing supportive services for women and children living in affordable housing
  • Education – Supporting a path to post-secondary success and participation in the workforce
  • Child care – Expanding proven programs to increase access to child care for low-income families
  • Unintended pregnancy prevention – Increasing access to long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs)

Why invest in the Women’s Fund?

Commitment to data ensures that problems are illuminated and targeted solutions are uncovered—so we really understand the community we seek to impact.

Grantmaking is data-informed. We will act in partnership with nonprofit organizations working in our strategic priority areas: housing, child care, teen pregnancy prevention and education. 

We understand that philanthropy can only go so far.  We use data to educate the community and train leaders about the issues that impact women.

We can do more when we do it together. Collective giving means that your dollar goes further, has more impact, and changes more lives.

Voice.  Every donor to the Women’s Fund has a say in how our resources are deployed through an annual vote.

Join the Women's Fund

"If not us, then who? If not Austin, then where?"

– Andrea Jung, CEO, Grameen America

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Find out how our Women’s Fund brings women together

Meet some of our members and learn about recent programs and impact.

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We use a data-driven approach to investing in our community. Our reports can help you make decisions about your giving, too.