Mission: The mission of the women's foundation of southern arizona is to foster equity and opportunity for women and girls. The foundation fulfills this mission by using a community-based process to grant funds to an array of programs in southern arizona that benefit women and girls, and by providing innovative programs to increase young women's philanthropy.
Programs: The foundation fulfills its mission by granting funds to an array of programs in southern arizona (pima, cochise & santa cruz counties) that promote economic self-sufficiency for women and girls; by providing innovative programs to increase young women's philanthropy and leadership; by advocating publicly for issues affecting women and girls; and by conducting research on issues affecting women and girls in southern arizona. In the spring of 2014, we awarded 205,000 through our general, annual grant round to 13 organizations that promote women's economic selfsufficiency using a variety of strategies: education, skills development, high school completion, job training, family planning, asset development and child support enforcement. Additionally, we awarded two multi-year equity & opportunity grants. Assuming adequate yearly progress toward goals, each organization receives a 25,000 grant, renewal for two more years. Again, these grants focus on economic self-sufficiency. One trains women to achieve certified caregiver status; the other provides business training and loans to women entrepreneurs. Selected by the association of fundraising professionals as their 2012 youth philanthropists of the year, our unidas program trained thirty-one young tucson women on social justice issues, philanthropy, leadership and grant-making. Through unidas, high school girls designed and implemented a grants process, allocating 10,000 to three organizations that educate young women about healthy relationships and body image. In the fall of 2013, we awarded 40,000 to the grand canyon institute to conduct research examining how women and girls were affected by legislative actions in the state of arizona from 2007 through 2012.