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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Women, Womens Rights

Mission: The mission of the Women and Girls Foundation (WGF) is to achieve equality for women and girls, now and for generations to come. Our vision is for women and girls in Pennsylvania to have equal access, opportunity, and influence in all aspects of their public and private lives. To realize this vision, the organization’s active work is focused on developing the female leaders of tomorrow and advancing women’s rights today through advocacy, coalition building, and grantmaking.

Results: Since we began operations in 2004, WGF has made nearly $1 millon in grants to advance womens' rights at the local, regional, state, and national levels. We've engaged over 300 young women in civic action through our GirlGov program, empowering them to take an interest in making their voices and concerns heard on a political scale. Through our partnership with the Post-Gazette and State Treasurer Rob McCord, we've increased female participation on corporate boards and government appointments. And, every day we are activating women (and men!) as donor-champions for the rights of women and girls for generations to come.

Target demographics: We seek equity for all women without discrimination on the basis of nationality, economic status, class, race, ethnicity, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or marital status.

Geographic areas served: The Women and Girls Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Programs: GirlGov

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

This organization helps women and girls to empower themselves~the proverbial "teaching to fish" rather than handing a fish. I have been a donor since the organization first began and am thrilled to "reup" at a higher level each year as I see the increasing good that is being done, especially in our region (Western PA). All the staff are truly committed professionals who do not waste a dime in fulfilling their mission. There are innovative programs (e.g., Girl Gov) which truly teach girls and young women "how to fish". WGF is a superb organization!

Gina J.


Rating: 5

A few years ago, I served as an adult mentor for girls enrolled in the WGF sponsored "Social Change Agents" program for girls from Fayette, Greene, Westmoreland, and Allegheny Counties. Through my experience with the organization, I was afforded a wonderful opportunity to build long-lasting relationships with girls from my community as well as learn about advocacy, equal pay and other issues that affect women and girls. Since that experience, I've also applied for and received funding from WGF to support an advocacy program in Fayette County - www.myownfayette.org. The work that WGF does in our communities (southwestern PA region) is incomparable and necessary. I am so honored to be affiliated with this organization and I stand behind and hope to always walk with the WGF staff and board of directors!


Rating: 5

We have been donors to the Women and Girls Foundation since 2004. That first year they gave away $15,000 in grants to advance women's rights. Since that time they have invested over a million dollars in grants to advance women's rights. We have been amazed at their ability to activate thousands of women and girls - and supportive men and boys - in gender equality advocacy. In just a few years they have helped train hundreds of young women to be powerful advocates and they have helped pass twelve new laws positively impacting millions of women's lives and families for future generations. Sincerely, David Shumway and Heather Arnet