WINcome

Women + Income = Women Thriving

  • Overview

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

    Yet even in 2021, 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.

    As a result, The Women’s Foundation of Colorado (WCFO) is centering gender, racial, and economic equity in our 2021-2025 strategic framework. When women have resources and flexibility, they can decide how to best move their lives and their families forward.

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  • Where We've Been

    Where We've Been

    Through our Women Achieving Greater Economic Security (WAGES) work, which began in 2017, WFCO invested directly in systems changes to secure holistic supports for women & families. Holistic supports include assistance meeting basic needs (i.e., housing, food, utilities) & resources to prepare for, enter, & succeed in careers; access affordable, high-quality child care; address transportation needs; and many other resources that support health, safety, & well-being.

    In 2020, WAGES & our Women and Families of Colorado Relief Fund (WFCO Relief Fund) also provided immediate relief for women experiencing the sudden & severe economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Marginalized communities were disproportionately impacted by the loss of jobs & other barriers the pandemic imposed. As a result, WFCO focused on providing relief to those most impacted, which included single moms, women of color, women in rural communities, women experiencing domestic abuse, women with disabilities, & more. We heard clearly from the women who received support through both programs that flexibility & trust are essential to their success.

  • Where We're Going

    Where We're Going

    Building on what we’ve learned through WAGES & the WFCO Relief Fund and insights from partners across the state, WFCO is excited to launch WINcome, a program designed to address the economic realities of women in Colorado. Through grant investments and partnerships, WFCO will demonstrate that individuals can advance economically when they are trusted to make their own decisions about what they & their families need. WINcome grants will support Colorado women who participate in programs offered by grantee partners by providing direct cash assistance to supplement, not replace, their income and other benefits they may receive through public and nonprofit programs. WINcome grants also advance systemic changes that support gender, racial, & economic equity for Colorado women and families.

    WINcome: Women + Income = Women Thriving

  • Quick Links & Information

    Quick Links & Information

    Applications for 2021 Cycle are CLOSED

    Grant Guidelines

    Meet Our 2021 WINcome Grantees

    Blog: Women + Income = WINcome

Background

Across the country and around the world, there is renewed interest in direct cash assistance, a proven anti-poverty strategy with a long history rooted in communities of color, that means giving money to those who need it most and trusting individuals to spend it as they choose. Nonprofits and governments have seen remarkable outcomes among recipients of monthly cash assistance payments. WFCO has witnessed through our own work that cash assistance is a successful way to directly support economic security for individuals and communities.

WINcome Grants

WFCO serves women, including trans women, intersex women, and non-trans women, and nonbinary people who need us most. Through WINcome, WFCO and our grantee partners will demonstrate that individuals can advance economically when they are trusted to make their own decisions about what they and their families need. WFCO will fund organizations promoting gender, racial, and economic equity in one of or a combination of the following ways:

  • Providing direct cash assistance to women experiencing poverty or facing barriers to economic security, to supplement their incomes and complement the services received through partners’ programs. In alignment with WFCO’s priority to improve access to flexible and holistic resources, partners may offer support securing resources 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;
    • Money and resources to start and grow businesses;
    • Child care and other caregiver support;
    • Support for basic human needs, such as food, housing, health care, and transportation.
  • Supporting public policy and systems changes to improve access to and increase public investment in flexible resources and holistic supports that foster economic opportunity, security, and equity.

 

View our Grant Guidelines

 

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WINcome honeycomb chart explaining how WINcome will work to advance gender, racial, and economic equity through flexible and holistic resources

For questions about WINcome, please reach out to Alison Friedman Phillips, director of programs, at alisonp@wfco.org

 

Meet Our 2021 Grantees

 2021 WINcome Direct-Service Grantees

 2021 WINcome Public Policy Grantees

Two grantee organizations offer both direct-service support and public policy advocacy.

 

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