Impact Assessment

The impact of your membership does not stop when you write a check.  The impact of the Foundation does not stop when we award a grant.  Each nonprofit we fund better meets its mission, thereby promoting a stronger community. Each neighborhood, city, or region improves the health and quality of life for all who live there.

Our community also benefits from the growth and development of the women who join the Foundation. As they become better informed, more deliberate and sustained givers – true philanthropists – they give back in more meaningful ways and serve as role models for countless others.

As investors in the nonprofits we support, we continue to assess these programs to identify the on-going influence and support our grants provide, and to learn from our investments.  Below are a few of our many success stories from past grant award winners.  Click here to learn more about our past grantees, and view Impact Assessment Reports here.

Success Story: FareStart
Transforming lives through job training in the culinary arts

A $100,000 grant from the Washington Women’s Foundation in 1998 propelled FareStart’s job placement and training program for homeless men and women to unprecedented levels.

The nonprofit’s entrepreneurial approach to job and life-skills training for the homeless has sparked so much interest that communities around the country continue to work to replicate its success.

“The Foundation took a chance on a new, innovative nonprofit,” says Executive Director Megan Karch. “This grant gave us the push we needed to move forward.”

The money allowed FareStart to double both its budget and the number of people it served over the life of the three-year grant. It lent the organization much-needed recognition and credibility, which led to a succession of grants from other foundations and individuals. Karch sums up the impact of the Washington Women’s Foundation grant quite simply: “It put us on the map.”


Success Story: Girls Scouts of Western Washington
Connecting girls in foster care through friendship

Girls Scouts of Western Washington serves 26,000 girls in age-based programming from K-12 grades.  Girls Scouts develops young woman to be leaders who value diversity, inclusion, and collaboration, and are committed to improving neighborhoods, communities, and the world. 

The Washington Women's Foundation grant funds a program expansion of Fostering a Future in King, Pierce, and Thurston counties, and now Snohomish County.  The program gives girls living in foster care the opportunity to participate in Girl Scouts with their peers, creating a stable friendship base for girls even when family placements change.  Barriers to participation, such as transportation and costs, are covered by the program.

GSWW successfully developed four Fostering a Future troops of 35 girls each, in Lynnwood and Everett.  The program evolved its curriculum and service-delivery structure in order to best accommodate the girls, such as utilizing more foster parents and guardians, and adjusting their meeting schedules.  GSFF participants demonstrate competency in decision-making, teamwork, and social skills.