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ACF Women's fund

Why we exist

The Women’s Fund was founded in 2004 to focus on the needs of women and children in Central Texas. At the time, there was a lack of philanthropic support targeting the unique needs of women and no comprehensive data tracking their well-being. Since then, there has been a growing awareness that gender matters.

We know that investing in a woman has a proven ripple effect, benefiting not just her family but her greater community. Guided by this vision, we engage our whole community in closing the opportunity gap for women and children in Central Texas.

How it works

We’re a giving network for those passionate about improving life in Central Texas for women and children.

Our work is data-driven and community-led. To that end, the Women’s Fund makes local nonprofit grants to support the economic security of women in our region.
Since its founding, the Women’s Fund has granted nearly $2 million to more than 60 local nonprofits.

We invest in the following impact areas:

  • HOUSING
  • EDUCATION
  • CHILD CARE
  • UNINTENDED PREGNANCY PREVENTION
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 quality, affordable child care for low-income families.

UNINTENDED PREGNANCY PREVENTION

Increasing access to, and education on, long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs).

Women’s Issues are Community Issues.

2017 status report on women and children in Central Texas.

“There is nothing more important than supporting community. The Women’s Fund is so amazing at identifying the needs in Austin and creating impactful changes for families.”

POOJA SETHI, WOMEN’S FUND INVESTOR

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Steering Committee

  • Jane Louis, Chair
  • Sara Boone Hartley, Immediate Past Chair
  • Kimberly Storin, Chair-Elect
  • Jennifer Long, Grants Chair
  • Marcia Del Rios, Grants-Elect
  • Brooke Freeland, Programs & Engagement Chair
  • Jessica Sager, Programs & Engagement Elect
  • Jessica Weaver, Board Liaison
  • Sujata Ajmera
  • Marjorie Clifton
  • Sun Connor
  • Beth Goff McMillan
  • Patti Hixon
  • Kerry Tate