Michigan Women's Foundation, 17177 N. Laurel Park Drive, Ste. 445, Livonia, Michigan 48152; telephone: (313) 542-3946

Michigan Women's Foundation:
Uniting the Power of Resources with the Vision of Women

Why a foundation for women and girls?

Because programs that serve everyone do not address the special needs of women and girls.

  • 2 of 3 people living in poverty are women.

  • In Michigan, a women dies every eight days from causes related to domestic violence.

  • Of the 34 million Americans without health insurance, 64 percent are women and children.

  • Less than 5 percent of philanthropic giving is targeted to women and girls in the state of Michigan.

    The Michigan Women's Foundation was created in 1986 to respond to these issues and to create a permanent financial resource for programs helping Michiganžs women and girls. With donations from over a thousand supporters, we find and fund creative solutions which confronts the issues of poverty, violence, and discrimination that women face.

    MWF funds

    nonprofits serving women and girls throughout the state of Michigan. MWF has granted over $1.2 million to more than 100 organizations. We fund domestic violence shelters, Girl Scout councils, women's economic development organizations, YWCAs, and various other groups. The programs we fund include job skills training, expanded educational opportunities, substance abuse counseling, conflict resolution skills, and other efforts to empower women and girls.

    MWF advises

    women's grassroots organizations. We are a technical assistance resource for Michigan women's groups. Through on-site consultations and training workshops, we help women's groups organize, raise funds, and communicate. Central to our mission is the continued existence and success of these organizations, which support women and girls on a day-to-day basis.

    MWF educates

    grantmakers and other groups, encouraging them to devote more resources to women and girls. MWF publishes research reports, such as its report on the status of Michigan women's health, and forms collaborations to address critical needs. A recent partnership helps Michigan companies and non-profits search for women candidates for their boards of directors. Together with Crain's Detroit Business and Executive Recruiters International, and with support from several other organizations, MWF has created the Michigan Women's Directory, a database of prominent women, to increase women's representation on boards.

    Small dollars make big change

    Most MWF grants range in size from $1,000 to $10,000, based on the knowledge that small grants can make a real difference in grassroots innovation. We support projects that might not otherwise receive funding from more traditional sources.

    Each grant we make improves the economic and personal self-sufficiency of women and girls. Grants are awarded once a year, and funding proposals are reviewed by an 18-member volunteer Grants Distribution Committee. Our Funding priority goes to programs that address the following needs:

    In addition to our core grantmaking, MWF conducts two other grant programs:

    The Women's Health Funding Initiative , a program which funds projects which address health barriers to women's and girl's economic well-being.

    The Kent County Girls Community Initiative , a grantmaking program which targets the needs of girls and young women in Kent County. A committee of 14 teen-aged girls makes funding decisions.

    Most MWF support comes from almost 2,000 individual donors statewide. Additional funding is provided by foundations and corporations, including the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation, the Chrysler Corporation Fund, Ford Motor Company, the General Motors Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Metro Health Foundation, the Michigan Department of Public Health and the C.S. Mott Foundation.

    Invest in the future of Michigan's women and girls

  • Make a contribution.

  • Become a volunteer.

  • Name MWF as a beneficiary in an insurance policy.

  • Establish a special Named Fund in the MWF endowment.

  • Name MWF in your will.

  • Spread the word: tell your friends about MWF!


    "The grant from the Michigan Women's Foundation will...help in reaching our goal of providing these girls the opportunity to actively participate in shaping their lives, their dreams and their communities. Michigan Capitol Girl Scout Council

    Through the Foundation's support we were able to personally touch 223 women's lives, empowering them to take charge of their destiny through the knowledge of their bodies. Planned Parenthood of Southeast Michigan

    This grant was a validation of what we were doing by an outside group. Someone recognized the value of our training and had faith in us. This has empowered us to ask for other grants. Michigan Worthy Wage Coalition

    Michigan Women's Foundation

    Board of Trustees

    Bobbie S. Butler
    Hilda Patricia Curran
    Teresa S. Decker
    J. Kay Felt
    Lynn A. Feldhouse
    Judith Frey
    Beth Goebel
    Sondra C. Hardy
    Barbara A. Hill
    Pearl M. Holforty, CPA
    Kay Hunt
    Mildred M. Jeffrey
    Barbara Goldman Kratchman
    Beth Konrad
    Majorie Peebles-Meyers, MD
    Tish Preston-Stubbs
    Mary Jo Pulte
    Tessie Baltrip Sharp
    Jane R. Thomas, Ph.D.
    Marianne Udow
    Terri D. Wright

    Executive Director

    Margaret A. Talburtt, Ph.D.

    Advisory Council

    Julia Darlow
    Debbie Dingell
    Ruth Glancy
    Linda M. Gobler
    Florine Mark
    Helen W. Milliken
    Lana Pollack
    Hon. Maureen P. Reilly
    Margaret Taylor Smith
    Marilyn Steele, Ph.D.
    Geneva Williams

    You can make a difference in the future of Michigan's women and girls.

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    17177 N. Laurel Park Drive Suite 445
    Livonia, MI 48152
    (734) 542-3946
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