We advance women’s prosperity with our community, philanthropy, and our statewide WAGES program.

  • Research


    High-quality research shines the way forward for WFCO, highlighting underlying causes of gender inequity and informing our grantmaking and advocacy work. Together with our partners, WFCO has released more than 30 research reports since our inception, including four reports since 2017 that have become invaluable resources for the community in creating change for women in Colorado.

    Read the Research

  • Public Policy Advocacy

    Public Policy Advocacy

    Public policy is one of the most powerful tools for creating systemic change. One bill can transform the lives of hundreds of thousands of women and their families. Since 1987, WFCO and our partners have advanced nearly 40 measures that address root causes of poverty and promote economic security.

    Civic engagement is critical to systemic change, you can use your voice to transform your community! Read The Womanifesto, our nonpartisan voter handbook for everyone who cares about strengthening Colorado, and use our civic engagement guide to make a difference for women, families, communities, and the economy.

    Advocate for Women

  • Grantmaking

    Grantee Cohort

    Our WAGES grantee cohort propels more women into careers that enable them to meet the current and future needs of their families. From Denver to Durango and Fort Collins to Fort Morgan, our 23 grantee partners address the needs of communities statewide by working with women and their children at the same time to build a foundation for family security for generations to come.

    Meet our Grantees

    Women & Girls of Color Fund

    The Women & Girls of Color Fund is a community-designed, community-led fund focused on investing in women of color and nonbinary people of color leading initiatives that advance economic security for women of color, girls of color, and nonbinary people of color. Learn More

  • Community Engagement

    Community Engagement

    When it comes to breaking through barriers, paving roads to opportunities, and helping every woman thrive, we know we can’t do it alone. WFCO is proud to be part of a rising movement of diverse partners who share this goal and know that we can do more together with collaboration and community engagement.

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  • Gender-Lens Investing

    Gender-Lens Investing

    Gender-lens investing is a form of impact investing, which is investing with the intent of both a financial and measurable, beneficial, social return. Gender-lens investing specifically benefits women by addressing gender disparities, most commonly through three lenses: access to capital, workplace equity, and products and services supporting women. To maximize our ability to use all forms of capital to achieve our mission, The Women’s Foundation of Colorado is deepening our gender-lens investing options for donors.

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Did You Know?

WAGES (Women Achieving Greater Economic Security) is our programmatic body of work that employs research, public policy advocacy, and strategic grantmaking to help Colorado women reach economic security.

In 2016, nearly 1,300 diverse Coloradans named five key resources that women need to achieve economic security: livable wages, equal pay, employment opportunities, child care, and higher education. Of those priority resources, WFCO determined that a livable wage is the critical catalyst and springboard to economic advancement.

The aim of WAGES is to impact Colorado’s prosperity by propelling more women into careers that enable them to meet the current and future needs of their families. We do this by learning and working with our partners to elevate practices that work and dismantle systems that continue to hold women back.

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