Women's Foundation Announces Latest Grant Awards

New Investments Aim To Improve

Lives of Women of All Ages


Kansas City, MO – Women’s Foundation today announced a package of grants that aims to invest in improving the lives of women of all ages. These grants support a wide array of organizations and education systems that strive to improve the quality of life for women and their families through education, career coaching, financial support and other means.

2015 Recipients of Women’s Foundation Investments:

Missouri Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence to help ease cuts to public assistance resources relied upon by impoverished Missouri domestic and sexual violence survivors and their children. In addition, the project will support ongoing public policies that affect primarily women and their children.

Rockhurst University in support of the Prosperity Center to help low to moderate income women achieve economic stability. The Prosperity Center focuses on improving the financial bottom line and changing financial behaviors in a way that encourages a long-term commitment to increasing income, decreasing expenses, building credit, and acquiring assets.

Women’s Employment Network to support the Financial Coaching and Credit Building Program which aims to ensure that women's career gains are translated into increased wealth and economic security.

Communities Creating Opportunities (CCO) to identify and equip a diverse cohort of women from across the greater Kansas City metropolitan area to assume positions of leadership. CCO has a long history of training and developing leaders which will be leveraged to move participating women through a previously utilized leadership pathway.

Community LINC to support the Interim and Immediate Housing Program, which provides housing and supportive services to approximately 150 families a year. Community LINC provides a vital hand-up to equip mothers and families to be housed and self-sufficient.

The Family Conservancy to support the Director's Leadership Academy which mentors approximately 50 women annually in their leadership role as Child Care Directors, allowing them to reach their full potential and thus be better positioned to have a successful career.

KC STEM Alliance to support the development of a Girls in Technology regional initiative. Over 600 girls, parents and mentors will receive direct services with the goals of enrolling girls in relevant technology education programs; changing girls' perceptions of the technology industry sector; and increasing the number of technology professionals investing time in youth development.

Rose Brooks to fund a program to support employment advocacy for 100 survivors of domestic violence, resulting in increased skills in safe job searches, obtaining a job, and job retention.

Urban League of Greater Kansas City to improve student performance in math, science, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and language skills with the goal of preparing participants to transition from middle school to high school.

Amethyst Place to support the 100 Jobs for 100 Moms program which matches a mom trapped in generational poverty with an employer willing to provide a job and on-the-job mentoring to ensure sustainable employment and promote family economic self-sufficiency.

UMKC Division of Diversity to support a collaboration between RUBIES, Awesome Ambitions, Latinos of Tomorrow, Sisters of Substance, and Women of Imagery that culminates in a conference that develops leadership skills for high school girls.

The Women’s Foundation promotes equity and opportunity for women and girls, using philanthropy, research and policy solutions to make meaningful change.  More information about the organization can be found at www.Womens-Foundation.org.