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Layer_Slider_02Purpose: Advocate for policies to sustain advancements for women and girls Initiate programs to benefit women and girls Engage with partners to ensure long term success of the initiatives you support

Did You Know?

We have never been represented by a woman in the U.S. Congress. Spacer_For_Did_You_Know

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Almost 1/2 of our female-headed families with children under five live in poverty.

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Only 14 percent of women ages 25-34 years have earned a bachelor’s degree. Spacer_For_Did_You_Know

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Most victims of human trafficking are women or girls. Spacer_For_Did_You_Know

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Initiatives

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Latest News

Trust Women Conference 2016 #TWC2016

Trust Women Conference 2016 #TWC2016

Where can you meet former ambassadors, Nobel Peace Prize winners, and CEOs who care about human trafficking and promoting female entrepreneurship? The 2016 Trust Women Conference. I will soon be heading to London to represent the Women’s Foundation of Southwest Florida at this conference that promises to be a rewarding experience all around.

3 Ways to Give Back On #GivingTuesday

3 Ways to Give Back On #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a global movement that unites people and countries by celebrating our capacity to give back to our communities.
Here are three ways you can join this international movement:

Celebrating successes for women, but more to do

Celebrating successes for women, but more to do

We've made great strides towards our goals in 2016 but there is still much work to be done!
Don't miss this commentary by our Founder and Director Brenda Tate who's opening up about our past, present and future commitment to SWFL women and girls!

The Women’s Foundation of Southwest Florida Awards $20,000 in Matching Grants to Benefit Local Women and Girls During ElevateHer SWFL Breakfast Event

The Women’s Foundation of Southwest Florida Awards $20,000 in Matching Grants to Benefit Local Women and Girls During ElevateHer SWFL Breakfast Event

The Women’s Foundation of Southwest Florida awarded $20,000 in matching grants to Our Mother’s Home, Pace Center for Girls in Lee County, Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships, and New Horizons, as part of their ElevateHer SWFL initiative. The grants were awarded during the Foundation’s Fall 2016 #ElevateHerSWFL breakfast which took place October 27th at Talis Park in Naples. The grants underscore the Foundation's commitment to invest $500,000 in causes that help local women and girls by 2020.

Women’s Foundation of Southwest Florida Teams up with Fifth Third Bank Florida to Support Business Opportunities for Southwest Florida Women Entrepreneurs

Women’s Foundation of Southwest Florida Teams up with Fifth Third Bank Florida to Support Business Opportunities for Southwest Florida Women Entrepreneurs

Fifth Third Bank Florida has awarded a $10,000 grant to the Women's Foundation of Southwest Florida. The grant will support efforts to boost entrepreneurship and improve the economic power of Southwest Florida women. It also increases the Women's Foundation's revolving fund for Kiva U.S loans. Kiva.org is a global crowd funding platform for business capital. The loans allow female entrepreneurs access the capital they need to launch or grow their business.

Southwest Florida Women- Listen Up!

Southwest Florida Women- Listen Up!

It’s no secret that the cost of college is higher than ever before in the U.S. (and that it continues to rise every year). However, as technology advances so does our need to acquire an education and develop new skills.
Getting an education is more important than ever!

3 Challenges Facing Women Entrepreneurs

3 Challenges Facing Women Entrepreneurs

The number of women-owned businesses in the country is growing faster than ever. This is great news! New businesses create new jobs and boost our local economy. However, women entrepreneurs face unique challenges which often result from gender bias or perception. Here are three of the common challenges women face when owning a business:

Board Members

Gail Williams

Gail Williams

Director,Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee
Lisa Simington

Lisa Simington

Director, Nominating Committee Chair, Finance Committee Chair