Collective Giving Model

Washington Women’s Foundation pioneered the concept of women's large-scale, collective giving in order to strengthen community and demonstrate the impact that can result from informed, focused grantmaking. Our model has inspired scores of other organizations nationally that recognize the potential of collective giving as a philanthropic force for community impact. We endorse the growth of this network which encourages women everywhere to realize their full potential as philanthropists.

In 2008, WWF Co-Founder Colleen Willoughby joined with a group of like-minded leaders across the country to launch the Women’s Collective Giving Grantmaking Network (WCGN), created to build and amplify the power of women giving together throughout the country. Since then, more than 47 organizations in 23 states have joined the Network - with more joining each month! Scroll down or click here to view a map with the most up-to-date list of "sister" organizations and websites.

WCGN aims to build women’s leadership in philanthropy by sharing best practices, providing forums for information and resources, and supporting and encouraging the expansion of women’s collective giving groups nationwide. WCGN programs include monthly educational conference calls, a members’ only website, and bi-annual conferences.

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Washington Women's Foundation Publications

The Washington Women's Foundation has publications available as a resource for other collective giving organizations or individuals interested in learning more.

Grant Notebook

The Grant Notebook is the primary text that outlines the six-month ‘curriculum’ for the Pooled Fund Grant process, WWF's flagship educational program. This guide is a 127-page, step-by-step description of WWF’s hands-on experience with research, collaboration, analysis, leadership, and decision-making in the grant process. To learn more, click here.


Something Ventured

In 2002, Washington Women's Foundation published Something Ventured: An Innovative Model in Philanthropy. Through a generous grant from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, this publication details our model of collective giving and offers advice and practical resources to help women across the country develop similar foundations. To learn more, click here.