We elevate women and girls by investing in programs that educate, boost security and entrepreneurship, and advocate from a woman’s perspective.

Program Spotlights

Matching Grants

We can elevate 4th and 5th grade girls, like Maria and Evelyn, to learn to sew, cook, and learn crafts and life skills with caring mentors. This is an example of your donation of just $25 per month working to support matching grants to programs like New Horizon’s Super Girls Club… Read More

B3 for Women

After 25 years of making money for others, Carleen became a business owner thanks to a Kiva U.S. Micro-Loan supported by the Southwest Florida Women’s Foundation.  She turned a small profit and earned a small income in the first year. Thanks to a successful repayment of her first Kiva Loan… Read More

Earn to Learn FL

A hard working, but income challenged, woman like Biby can complete her education or training with your help. Did you know your $2,000 donation will pay the gap to cover tuition, fees, books and tools like a computer to assure Biby completes her program?
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Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is the darkest, most brutal and hidden crime taking place in Southwest Florida. Most are lulled by the myth that human trafficking happens only in faraway places. But the truth is sex and labor trafficking are flourishing nearby, The Southwest Florida Women’s Foundation 
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Latest News

The Plight of Florida Caregivers is Taking a Toll

The Plight of Florida Caregivers is Taking a Toll

June 21, 2018 is the longest day of the year and the day set aside by the Alzheimer’s Association to show love for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. The truth is, every day can be the longest day for women who carry the responsibility of lovingly caring for a person with any type of disability.

Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias demand intense caregiving and women shoulder a particularly heavy burden. The care they provide can be more physically and emotionally demanding and more time-consuming, and it takes a heavier toll on their work and family life. Women, as caregivers, often do not get the help and support they need to provide the years (even decades) of care required for loved ones diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. She is drained emotionally, physically and financially.

Consider this strategy to increase your 2018 tax savings. 

Consider this strategy to increase your 2018 tax savings. 

Consider this strategy to increase your 2018 tax savings.

This is the year to find new charitable giving opportunities created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Starting this year fewer donors will receive a tax benefit for carrying out their charitable intent because deductions have nearly doubled for both individuals ($12,000) and couples ($24,000) and deductibility of state and local taxes is limited to $10,000.

Peter Simmons Is Named Development Director of Southwest Florida Women’s Foundation

Peter Simmons Is Named Development Director of Southwest Florida Women’s Foundation

The Southwest Florida Women’s Foundation announced today that Peter Simmons has been named Development Director.

"We are thrilled that Peter has joined the Foundation's team to increase our capacity to serve Southwest Florida and the state of Florida while helping us build upon and increase our development and outreach, which we have worked on diligently since 2011,” says CEO Brenda Tate.

Florida Almost Flunks When it Comes to Working Women

Florida Almost Flunks When it Comes to Working Women

I recently heard one of the most inspiring speeches in my life about the future of women business owners and entrepreneurs in this country. Jennifer Hyman, creator of the multi-million dollar company, Rent the Runway, shared her amazing entrepreneurial story, as well as some personal issues about sexual harassment she endured along the way to building her fashion leasing empire