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Catalyzing community to advance and accelerate economic opportunities for Colorado women and their families.

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Colorado only has licensed early care and education capacity for roughly 60% of the 247,000 children under 6 years old with all parents in the workforce.

2020 Public Policy

Public policy is an incredibly powerful tool for changing systems that perpetuate inequality. Recent legislative wins supported by WFCO and our many partners elevate child care, make work really work, and propel opportunity for women. We are proud of our efforts to help pass the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, which Gov. Polis signed into law at our offices in 2019.

But there is much more to do in 2020. WFCO will prioritize two issues during the 2020 Colorado General Assembly: strengthening the early care and education (ECE) workforce and improving access to paid family and medical leave for Coloradans.

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SUCCESS STORIES

Meet Marcela

Meet Marcela and Samantha from Fort Morgan. With funding from WFCO, Marcela is one of hundreds of women working toward economic advancement in our grantees’ WAGES programs (Women Achieving Greater Economic Security). As she pursues her associate degree, her daughter is also learning in high-quality child care. Two generations, one bright future.

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Our Impact

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In January 2019, WFCO renewed grants to 23 nonprofit organizations statewide working to advance and accelerate economic security for women.

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We supported 16 bills that passed during the 2019 legislative session, including the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act.

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Our work, through our public policy and civic initiatives, impacts all 2.8 million women throughout the state.

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DONOR SPOTLIGHT

Donors Make a Difference

For almost 20 years, Patti Klinge and Connie McArthur held a donor-advised fund at Schwab Charitable. They enjoyed the tax advantage of their charitable contributions and making decisions about their philanthropy over time. Eventually, they spent down the fund, and as Patti completed her term as board chair of The Women’s Foundation in 2018, they opened another. This time, they opened it at WFCO to support their commitment to the advancement of women. WFCO’s gender-lens portfolio was “a motivating factor” in their decision. Find out more…

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Top 3 Reasons Why You Need to Attend WFCO’s Third Annual Lobby Day
Mariana Diaz creates a poster at WFCO 2019 Lobby Day

Learn a few reasons why WFCO’s Third Annual Lobby Day is an opportunity you don’t want to miss from WFCO programs coordinator, Mariana Diaz.


The post Top 3 Reasons Why You Need to Attend WFCO’s Third Annual Lobby Day appeared first on The Women's Foundation of Colorado Blog.



Friday, February 21, 2020 11:22:18 AM

Chat4Change: It’s All About Community
Lauren Casteel and panelists on stage

More than 60 people from across the Front Range joined WFCO to “chat” about the economic status of refugee and immigrant women in Colorado.


The post Chat4Change: It’s All About Community appeared first on The Women's Foundation of Colorado Blog.



Wednesday, February 19, 2020 11:19:57 AM

Supporting, Celebrating the Latino Community Through Philanthropy
he LCAC presents the Viva Southwest Mariachi Festival where students are taught by professional and award-winning masters of mariachi.

Adrianna Abarca uses her donor-advised funds to house her philanthropic dollars so that she can grant to like-minded organizations that support Colorado's Latino Community.


The post Supporting, Celebrating the Latino Community Through Philanthropy appeared first on The Women's Foundation of Colorado Blog.



Monday, February 10, 2020 6:46:56 PM

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