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

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

Southwest Florida Women’s Fund Receives $50,000 Impact Grant to Support Higher Education and Financial Literacy for Florida Women

Southwest Florida Women’s Fund Receives $50,000 Impact Grant to Support Higher Education and Financial Literacy for Florida Women

The Southwest Florida Women’s Foundation has received a $50,000 grant from the Southwest Florida Community Foundation which was leveraged into $200,000 through matches to support the Earn to Learn Florida Program, an initiative of the Southwest Florida Women's Foundation. Earn to Learn Florida helps low to moderate income students pursue higher education with little or no student debt. It’s a simple formula that combines student savings with financial aid, required financial literacy training and success coaching.

Meet Carleen – How We’re Fostering Entrepreneurship in Southwest Florida

Meet Carleen – How We’re Fostering Entrepreneurship in Southwest Florida

Investing in programs that boost entrepreneurship in Southwest Florida is one of our key priorities. Our B3 for Women and Kiva U.S loans programs work to eliminate the barriers to economic and social equality by helping local women entrepreneurs access interest-free capital and entrepreneurial resources. To celebrate Women's History Month we're highlighting some of our past program participants and celebrating the work they're doing to shape Southwest Florida's business landscape.

Partnership of Women’s Foundations Invests $58.4 Million Over Two Years to Create Pathways to Economic Security for Women and Their Families in America

Partnership of Women’s Foundations Invests $58.4 Million Over Two Years to Create Pathways to Economic Security for Women and Their Families in America

To Kick-off Women’s History Month 2018, today the Southwest Florida Women’s Foundation joins members of Prosperity Together, a nonpartisan partnership of 32 public U.S. women’s foundations, to announce Year 2 (2017) results of its collective five-year, $100 million funding commitment to ensure economic security for low-income women and their families across the country.