Upcoming Engagement Opportunities
Keyholder'20 featuring Ziauddin Yousafzai
We invest in women and children to build a stronger, more equitable Central Texas.
All of us play a crucial role in unlocking the potential for women to live an economically secure, safe and healthy life. No one knows this better than Ziauddin Yousafzai.
Joun us for Keyholder'20 to hear his inspiring story and to invest in a stronger Central Texas through the Women's Fund, a program of Austin Community Foundation.
Thursday, January 30, 2020, 5:30 - 8:30 pm
The Long Center for the Performing Arts
Private screening & talkback - He Named Me Malala
It's movie night for the Women's Fund! Join us for an informative and engaging evening at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar for a private screening of the documentary, He Named Me Malala, followed by a facilitated talkback.
The film follows Malala Yousafzai's extraordinary journey as an activist for girls' education. Alongside her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, the two globally champion every girl's right to 12 years of free, safe, quality education.
Meet the 2019 Women's Fund grant partners
Thanks to the generosity of our investors, the Women's Fund awarded $250,000 in spring 2019 to five Central Texas nonprofits working in our key focus areas and a new grant in innovation.
Investors were invited to meet the 2019 grant partners and learn how their investment is improving the lives of women and children in our community.
Our 2019 grant partners include:
/ Breakthrough Central Texas | Education grant recipient
/ PelotonU | Innovation grant recipient
/ Planned Parenthood | Unintended pregnancy prevention grant recipient
/ Mainspring Schools | Child care grant recipient
/ Saint Louise House | Housing grant recipient
A Woman Speaks 2019: Women’s Fund Breakfast & Grant Awards
On May 14, Dr. Libby Doggett shared her perspective and experiences from a lifetime of work in the early learning and child care space. Women's Fund investors, grant partners and community members heard from Dr. Doggett and celebrated our collective impact at the South Congress Hotel.
We announced our 2019 Women's Fund grant recipients who are working to ensure the economic security of women in Central Texas through our four strategic priorities (housing, education, child care and unintended pregnancy prevention) as well as our newest funding area, the Innovation Grant, which recognizes one nonprofit taking a creative and innovative approach addressing one or more of the Women's Fund impact areas.
Finding our voice – that was the theme of Keyholder’18, the fundraising event for the Women’s Fund at Austin Community Foundation, held on Dec. 4 at ZACH’s Topfer Theatre. Presented by Google.org, Keyholder’18 was a phenomenal success—the event raised nearly $300,000, a record-breaking amount for the Women’s Fund, which supports the economic security of women and children in Central Texas.
Keyholder'18 featured Suzanne Malveaux, an award-winning journalist who has covered the White House for over 10 years and currently serves as CNN's National Correspondent.
A Woman Speaks 2018: Women’s Fund Breakfast & Grant Awards
"A person’s gender, race, ethnicity, and financial status should not influence someone's chances for success in life." -Ann Beeson, CEO, Center for Public Policy Priorities.
On May 15, Ann Beeson – a passionate advocate for opportunity and renowned social justice lawyer – shared her perspective on economic security as a strategy for community change to Women's Fund investors, grant partners and community members at the Long Center.
The Women's Fund also celebrated the 2018 Women’s Fund grant recipients in the four focus areas of housing, education, child care and unintended pregnancy prevention.
Learn more about the 2018 Women's Fund grant partners
"The economic security of women in Central Texas is not just a women's issue. It is OUR issue. And the time to act is now." Terri Broussard Williams, Keyholder Chair spoke to a crowded Topfer Theatre at ZACH on Dec 5. At Keyholder, the Women's Fund released the 2017 status report of women and children in Central Texas, highlighting that not all Austin-area women have the same access to opportunity. The report highlights that women's issues are community issues, and when women are economically secure, our whole community will thrive. Read the full Womens Issues are Community Issues report.
Surviving to Thriving: Economic Issues for Women in Central Texas
Economic sustainability for a woman and her family is essential for securing present and future success. On May 12th, the Women’s Fund explored data from a recent study released by the Dallas Women’s Foundation on the critical building blocks of economic security. The study looks at policies and practices at the state level, and identifies areas of opportunity where innovation and investment can help women and their families move from surviving to thriving.
The panel consisted of local experts and community leaders who are working to improve the economic security of women through the essential supports of affordable housing and quality child care. Read the full report.
A Woman Speaks: Women's Fund Grantee Breakfast
"When women lead, the world wins," said Lisa Fritsch, keynote speaker of the Women's Fund Grantee Awards Breakfast last month. Fritsch explained that her run for Governor of Texas educated her about how women seeking leadership are often called out for failures that are viewed as strengths in men. Ultimately, her quest to lead brought her to a deeper understanding of herself and her leadership role. Fritsch's remarks set the stage for the announcement of the 2017 Women's Fund grants.
Learn more about Women's Fund grantees.
Gender Matters: Investing in Women Makes Sense
Women make 85% of consumer decisions, so it would make sense that women lead many of the companies selling those products, right? Hardly. In fact, when it comes to entrepreneurship, women are largely absent from the C-suite. At the Women's Fund's Investing in Women: Grant Award Breakfast guests learned some powerful facts about how investing in women delivers a strong return. In short, gender matters.
Keynote speaker Dr. Sara Brand, founding general partner of True Wealth Ventures, a venture capital fund designed to invest in women-led companies, shared her research about the untapped opportunity to invest in women entrepreneurs. Brand asserted that women-led businesses can make a positive impact through greener and healthier technologies and her research shows women-led businesses deliver a higher return for investors. Review Dr. Brand's presentation