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Direct service grantmaking committee

The Direct Service Grantmaking Committee was established to support the implementation of the grantmaking priorities identified by the 2017-2021 Strategic Plan. The committee advises the WFCO board of trustees on grantmaking decisions regarding the direct service members of the WAGES cohort, based on review of all letters of interest (LOIs), proposals, and reports submitted by direct service applicants and grantees, as well as participation in learning opportunities with the cohort. The committee is made up of a group of diverse volunteers that represent our entire state.

Makeup of committee

WFCO strives for the committee to be a diverse body of Coloradans committed to supporting women and girls across the state. Through service on the committee, members will learn about our community and issues facing women and girls, and develop as leaders and philanthropists.

Responsibilities of committee

  • Participate in at least two meetings per year
    • Committee orientation and training
    • Grantmaking renewal meeting in the fourth quarter of 2019
  • Review renewal grant applications from WAGES cohort grantees and recommend future grants
  • Participate in grantmaking selections and recommend grantees to the Board of Trustees
  • Participate in site visits with grantees
  • Monitor grantee progress through updates from WFCO staff
  • Participate in learning opportunities with the cohort.

Future meetings will be determined and shared at the orientation to the extent of internal timeline allows; committee members will be required to participate in at least three meetings per year. Please note that most meetings will take place in Denver at the WFCO office, while in-person participation is preferred, a phone option is available. Travel reimbursement will also be an option.

To apply

Applications for the direct service grantmaking committee are now closed.

For additional questions, please contact Alison Friedman Phillips, director of programs, at 303-285-2972 or alisonp@wfco.org.

Our Grantmaking Is Grounded In Our Strategic Plan

The Women's Foundation of Colorado's five-year strategic plan is grounded in our mission to catalyze community to advance and accelerate economic opportunities for Colorado women and their families.

Our approach centers on helping low-income women earn livable wages, the gateway to greater access and opportunity that can break the inter-generational cycle of poverty and help a woman rewrite her family's story.

In addition to research and policy efforts focused on livable wage, we also provide a limited number of grants to nonprofit organizations across the state. Our current WAGES grantee cohort was selected in 2017 to work together for three years to address the needs of women and their children at the same time to build a foundation for family economic security for generations to come.

Applications for future grantmaking opportunities will be available in 2021. Please check back here for more information or contact Alison Friedman Phillips, manager of programs, at alisonp@wfco.org if you have any questions.

In addition to WAGES grantmaking, Beyond Our Borders and the Vail Valley regional committee also have annual grant cycles. Donor-advised funds do not accept unsolicited proposals. Sign up for our eNewsletter to stay informed about grantmaking.

2019 Grantmaking Committee

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