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Through our philanthropic branch, How Women Give, we donate together and provide grants, visibility and volunteerism to organizations solving critical community problems impacting women and girls in marginalized bay area communities. Our past grantees include:
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Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative
Mujeres Unidas y Activas
San Francisco Women Against Rape
Oasis For Girls

Women's Recovery Services provides quality primary alcohol, tobacco and chemical abuse treatment services to women and their children in a safe, supportive and caring atmosphere. The goal of the treatment services is to break the cycle of addiction for women, allowing mothers and their young children to live together while learning the life skills necessary to become strong, responsible contributors in their communities.

Prospera advances Latina economic empowerment through leadership development, entrepreneurship and cooperative business ownership. They believe that when women are at the forefront of our local economies, entire communities thrive.


The Women's Daytime Drop-in Center provide a safe space, warm meals, counseling, and support to identify housing to any homeless woman and her children during the day, when shelters are closed. WDDC serves an average of 150 women and children each month.



Love Never Fails is dedicated to the restoration, education and protection of those involved or at risk of becoming involved in human trafficking. They are devoted to expressing to each person that they are valued, precious and loved by their community.

The Living Room Center eases the adversity and promotes stability, dignity and self-reliance for women and children who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. This grant will be used to serve the women and children being cleared from the Santa Rosa homeless encampment.

Techbridge Girls excites, educates, and equips girls from low-income communities by delivering highquality science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming that empowers a girl to achieve economic mobility and better life chances. This grant will be used to expand and increase the number of high quality STEM programs Techbridge Girls provides.



San Francisco Women's Centers established The Women's Building in 1979 and created a women-led community space that advocates self-determination, gender equality and social justice. This grant will pay for 400 women to receive FREE critical services that help themselves and their families, both in the short term (like food for the week), to longer term (better job, tech-knowledge, legal assistance and better housing).

Girls To Women supports our community's girls as they design their futures for successful womanhood. They envision a community where girls from all socioeconomic backgrounds grow up in contact with resources and institutions which facilitate the realization of their full potential.

AnnieCannons transforms survivors of human trafficking into software professionals to sustain a lifetime of free of exploitation.

Healthy Black Families supports African American women throughout their pregnancy by working closely with the Berkeley and Alameda County Black Infant Health Programs, a 20-week case management and social support program. This grant will provide core operating support to build the leadership of STEP Sisters to share their own pregnancy stories in order to increase awareness about the impact of racism on pregnancy and birth outcomes. Claiming Our Stories will document the impact of toxic stress (poor quality care, racism in the health care setting, miscarriage, infant mortality, domestic violence, homelessness, incarceration, etc.) on African American women’s pregnancy, childbirth, post-partum and/or childrearing experiences.

The Latina Center whose mission is to improve the quality of life and health of the Latino community by providing leadership and personal development opportunities for all Latinas. This grant  will support 20 women to complete small business training.  At least 50% will also develop a virtual on-line market to sell their products. The Latina Center will also offer a 6-week financial literacy class for 10-15 women and their families.  Project Coordinator Maria Gamboa will coordinate 3 microenterprise clubs, and will monitor a social lending circle, and ensure that products are of high quality and microentrepreneurs have the support they need to be successful.

Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative (BAWSI) mobilizes the women’s sports community to engage, inspire and empower the children who need us most.  BAWSI focuses on two populations who have the least access, but stand to gain the most from physical activity and sports – underserved girls and children with disabilities. This grant will help to cover most of the personnel costs of their second semester at two of our newest BAWSI Girls sites. Over the next semester, this project will serve 100-130 girls (grades 2nd - 5th) in two low-income schools, changing girls’ attitudes about exercise, sports involvement, and self-efficacy; and improving their social-emotional skillsets.

Mujeres Unidas y Activas is a grassroots organization of Latina immigrant women with a double mission of promoting personal transformation and building community power for social and economic justice. This grant will support their Direct Services Program, which includes individual and group counseling, support groups, referrals and accompaniment to other community resources, domestic violence and sexual assault intervention, case management for survivors of human trafficking, and on-site professional therapy.

San Francisco Women Against Rape believes that no single individual, organization, institution, foundation, or business can stop the epidemic of sexual violence, but by organizing as a whole community, we collectively each bring our pieces of the solution. They will use the funds to support their sexual assault direct services, including their 24-hour crisis line; in-person individual peer counseling; support groups; and medical, legal, and social service advocacy and accompaniment.



Oasis for Girls whose mission is to partner with girls and young women of color from under-resourced communities in San Francisco to help them cultivate the skills, knowledge, and confidence to discover their dreams and build strong futures. They will use the funds to support the ENVISION Career Exploration program which serves over 50 girls from low-income communities in San Francisco annually to help them pave a path towards college and career success. 



2Gen Equity whose mission is to end the cycle of poverty through a two-generation approach, supporting single mothers and their children to successfully overcome the systemic social and financial barriers that perpetuate poverty. They will use  they funds to support costs of a new cohort for intensive 24-month career and life development Path Finder Program, open to San Francisco families headed by a single mother of color between the ages of 18 and 25, with full custody of at least one child between the ages of 0 and 5, living below the federal poverty level.

Teen Success, Inc. whose mission is to transform the lives of underserved teen mothers and their children by helping them become educated, self-sufficient, valued members of society.  They will use the funds to provide six support groups for teen moms in Redwood City, San Jose, Antioch and Oakland.



SHECAN (fomerly known as Open A Door) aims to become a driving force in building female leadership in post-conflict countries. OAD identifies academically talented young leaders who have few opportunities and provides them with SAT preparation and pairs them with 5-6 American professionals who guide them in applying for scholarships. They will use the funds to scale up the scholarship program in Cambodia and Rwanda.

Freedom House works to defend human rights and promote democratic change, with a focus on political rights and civil liberties. We act as a catalyst for freedom through a combination of analysis, advocacy, and action. Our analysis, focused on 13 central issues, is underpinned by our international program work. Browse our work and analysis by issue below.

She the People brings together a national network of women of color —  voters, organizers, movement builders, elected leaders -- to transform our democracy. We unite under shared values — to love our own and others, to make justice the law of the land, to create a country where everyone belongs, and to make this American democracy live up to its greatest promise. As women of color — Black, Latina, Asian American and Pacific Islander, Muslim, Indigenous — we have been at the heart of the justice movements that have shaped this country. And now we are ready to govern. She the People is organizing a multiracial coalition that will lead the nation into a new political and cultural era. In swing states in the South, Southwest, and Midwest we aim to increase the voter turnout of women of color who will be the key to winning the elections.

The Chicana Latina Foundation is a non-profit organization that promotes professional and leadership development of Latinas. As the fastest growing population in California, Latinas are the future. Young, multicultural and entrepreneurial, by 2030, Latinas will make up the largest share of California’s workforce. Even though Latinas college graduation rates are increasing, far too many Latinas live in poverty and have the lowest median earnings. Keeping Latinas unprepared and things as they are is a reality we cannot afford.

Verity supports social justice and equality for all adults and children who have been sexually assaulted. We are committed to ending sexual violence by working to eliminate the conditions that cause or tolerate it. We realize that the process to end the violence in our communities includes a collaboration of individuals, groups, and organizations. We are an active partner in that effort as a member of the community.

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Teen Success Inc
2Gen Equity
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