Our Impact

Our Impact

The Community Fund for Women & Girls is dedicated to improving the quality of life for women and girls in our region, through information, education, advocacy and - most importantly - by encouraging women's philanthropy.

2017 Annual Meeting & Grant Awards

See the Google photo gallery from the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Fund.

The Community Fund for Women & Girls Annual Meeting, held June 14, 2017, focused a discussion entitled “Feminism: The Common Denominator?” The event drew over 200 people to the New Haven Lawn Club and featured activist Linda Sarsour, writer Rebecca Traister and moderator Kica Matos. The event kicked off with The Community Foundation's CEO & President Will Ginsberg posing the question, "What is it that we need to do to make feminism one of the core common denominators that will lead our country in a very different direction?" The room was filled with cheers when Community Fund for Women & Girls Chair Janna Wagner announced the Foundation's award of $80,950 to nine local nonprofits advancing gender equity. Read the press release.

Grant Support

The Community Fund for Women & Girls supports organizations which meaningfully impact women and girls and evaluates all requests for funding through a gender-specific grantmaking framework. As the region’s grantmaker focused on women and girls, the Fund will only support gender-specific programming and advocacy initiatives. 

Apply for a Grant.


Grant awards since 1997

Convenings & Events
See the Google photo gallery from the 21st Annual Meeting of the Fund.

The Community Fund for Women & Girls is dedicated to forging a path for women and girls to speak for themselves as well as for those who have no voice. As part of this commitment, the Fund regularly holds convenings and events, inviting inspirational women to Greater New Haven to impart their knowledge and giving local advocates a chance to meet and discuss regional, national and global issues affecting us all. 

Read about the 20th Anniversary of the Community Fund for Women & Girls, featuring Gloria Steinem and Teresa Younger.

Read about the 2014 Annual Meeting and Convening featuring Courtney Martin and Feminism's Frankensteins.

Strengthening Women's Philanthropy


Fund Founders
In 1995, Greater New Haven’s leaders, visionaries, advocates and philanthropists came together to create the Community Fund for Women & Girls. Their gift and pledges began the longstanding commitment to women and girls we honor today.

See the list of our Fund Founders here.

Supporting Funds
Donors who make gifts or pledges at $10,000 or more can create individually-named funds that will benefit women and girls' programs in perpetuity. 

Funds at The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven that support the work of the Community Fund for Women & Girls can be found here.

MakingWaves Leadership Giving Program
The Community Fund for Women & Girls thanks the generous supporters for participating in the MakingWaves Leadership Giving Program with a gift or pledge. The Program was created in honor of the Community Fund for Women & Girls’ 20th Anniversary to grow the endowment and the Fund’s grantmaking resources for local nonprofits for the benefit of women and girls. 

See the list of WaveMakers here.




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