Women Thriving. Colorado Rising.

Grantmaking & Investments

When Women of Every Background and Identity Thrive, We All Win

Yet even today, too many women’s paths to prosperity remain obstructed by their gender, race, class, or zip code. Their paths are even more challenging to navigate when they experience multiple, intersecting barriers.

In alignment with our 2021-2025 strategic framework, The Women’s Foundation of Colorado (WCFO) centers gender, racial, and economic equity in our grantmaking and investing.

We invest in the inherent gifts and talents of women through flexible and holistic resources so they have what they need to be leaders in their lives, their families, their businesses, and their communities. In 2022, we invested over $2.76 million through donor-advised funds, giving circles, board-controlled WINcome funding, and community-led funds.

WFCO has two opportunities in which organizations can directly apply for funding: WINcome and our Women and Girls of Color Fund. We do not grant directly to individuals. WFCO’s donor-advised funds and giving circles do not currently accept unsolicited proposals.

For community philanthropic resources, we recommend grantseekers review these additional resources


Our Grantmaking for Gender, Racial, and Economic Equity

Women & Girls of Color Fund

Women and girls of color are assets to our communities. They are thought leaders, innovators, creators, and movement makers. In 2021, WFCO deepened our commitment to meaningful, intentional investment in women, girls, and nonbinary people of color. Recognizing that many of these individuals are undervalued and underinvested in, our Women & Girls of Color fund makes explicit investments in their leadership. It is a community-developed, community-led field-of-interest fund that partners with women-of-color-led organizations that are working to advance the economic security of Colorado women and girls of color. Learn more about our new process


 2024 Grantees

 2023 Grantees

 2022 Grantees

 2021 Grantees

Rural Grantees

Front Range Grantees



WINcome (Women + Income = Women Thriving) is the evolution of our WAGES grantee cohort from 2017-2021. WINcome grantee partners will work with WFCO for up to three years to improve access to flexible and holistic resource to women, such as:

  • Jobs with pay and benefits that satisfy basic needs, close the gender and racial income; gap, and support economic security;
  • Education and training, and ongoing opportunities to upskill and reskill;
  • Cash assistance;
  • Capital for women entreprenuers;
  • Child care and other caregiver support; or
  • Support for basic human needs, such as food, housing, health care, and transportation.

 WINcome Direct-Service Grantees

 WINcome Public Policy Grantees


Past Grantmaking


WAGES (Women Achieving Greater Economic Security)

WAGES was our programmatic body of work integrating research, public policy advocacy, strategic
cohort-based grantmaking, and statewide community engagement to accelerate progress to economic security for Colorado women and their families. The aim of WAGES was to impact Colorado’s prosperity by propelling diverse women into careers that enabled them to meet their families’ long-term needs. We learned and collaborated with our 23 grantee partners across the state to elevate practices that worked and dismantle systems that perpetuate the wealth gap. Our WAGES learning and evaluation helped us shape the next phase of our board-controlled grantmaking program, WINcome.

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WFCO Relief Fund (Women & Families of CO Relief Fund)

The Women's Foundation of Colorado (WFCO) implemented the WFCO Relief Fund in April through June of 2020 to rapidly and responsively distribute general operating grants to 501(c)(3) and other tax-exempt organizations that were addressing the emergency needs of Colorado women and their families who were most impacted by COVID-19. Funds were awarded to 85 direct service (DS), organizations across 24 Colorado counties, 9 policy advocacy (PA) organizations, and 8 social ventures led by and benefitting women.

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