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The Women's Foundation of Colorado

The Women's Foundation of Colorado is a unique community foundation that creates more pathways to economic security for all Colorado women. We use our philanthropy, community, and impact to help all women thrive & Colorado rise.

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Women Achieving Greater Economic Security

Class

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking 

Beneficiaries

Families
Females
Single Parents
Unemployed, Underemployed
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

Community input from 1,300 women and men, a third of whom reported they don't make a livable wage, helped WFCO focus and align our research, advocacy, and grantmaking on Women Achieving Greater Economic Security (WAGES).

WAGES RESEARCH
Research highlights underlying causes of gender inequity that inform our grantmaking and advocacy work. In recent years, WFCO released several research reports with our partners, including Gender Equity in Colorado's STEM Industries: The Case for Focused Workforce Investment, This Is What STEM Looks Like: How to Get and Keep Girls Engaged in STEM, and The Economic Status of Women in Colorado 2018, and The Impact of a $12 Minimum Wage of Women in Colorado.

WAGES ADVOCACY
Public policy is a direct route for WFCO to drive systemic change. Working with our partners, The Women's Foundation of Colorado uses our strategic research, collective voice, and statewide network to affect policy and create systemic change and create opportunities for women to earn livable wages. We engage annually in public policy by monitoring legislation, sharing research, meeting with legislators and policy partners, and taking positions on bills that have a direct effect on women reaching economic security. In the 2018 legislative session, WFCO along with our partners helped to pass critical bills to make child care more affordable for working families.

WAGES GRANTMAKING COHORT
We've launched a learning community linking 23 direct service and public policy nonprofit organizations that WFCO will work with, learn from, and provide grants to over the next several years. Our WAGES cohort will work together in communities across Colorado and at the statewide systems-level to create more pathways to economic security.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Our research helped move the needle for Colorado women: With the help of The Impact of a $12 Minimum Wage on Women in Colorado research report, which told us that a higher minimum wage would accelerate progress toward economic self-sufficiency for 290,000 women and 200,000 families with children in our state, we initiated one of our greatest and broadest lobbying efforts to date in 2017. WFCO is proud to have contributed to the approval of Amendment 70, which gradually is increasing the minimum wage to $12 by 2020.

Our public policy created meaningful outcomes for women and their families: In addition to our role in helping Amendment 70 pass, in the 2018 legislative session, six of the 11 bills that we supported passed, including bills that create more pathways to prosperity through job training and affordable high-quality child care for hardworking families.

Our grantmaking has provided on-the-ground support for women throughout our state: In our 31-year history, we have granted more than $17 million to nonprofits that align with our mission and are helping women into livable wage jobs in high-growth fields, such as construction, cyber security, IT, and financial services.

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