Welcome & Mission

The mission of A Fund for Women is to transform our community so that women and girls thrive.

We envision a community where all women and girls can reach their potential.

Our strategic areas include:

  • Developing a culture of women’s philanthropy
  • Empowering women and girls
  • Inspiring all women to help women

We believe that when we empower women and girls, we improve the world.


News & Updates

AFFWLogo2010 Give a Gift Today for A Fund for Women! - Dear A Fund for Women Family Member, At our October 21st annual event, we announced our new area of ongoing strategic focus, Women’s Economic Empowerment.  The Advisory Committee’s approval of Women’s Economic Empowerment comes at a time when a growing body of research – amassed over decades – directly links community, state and national vitality... Read more »
2015AnnualEventBanner A Fund for Women Announces Grants at Annual Event - Nearly 400 people gathered at Monona Terrace on Wednesday, October 21, to celebrate women’s philanthropy and the announcement of three grants to local nonprofits supporting A Fund for Women’s new area of strategic focus: women’s economic empowerment. “Our 2015 grants support activities that position women for greater economic success through education and job placement,” said... Read more »
BOSS Ladies participate in Lake Shore Cleanup It Takes a Village…and an AFFW Grant - By: Sherry Lepage, AFFW Volunteer Some say the proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” originated in Africa. No one has determined the actual origin, but the concept takes life every day at Lussier Community Education Center (LCEC), serving the Far West and Southwest sides of Madison. Long before Hillary Clinton parlayed the... Read more »
ofs new Learning to Lead - By: Marjorie Greenfield, AFFW Volunteer In 2014 the Fund for Women awarded $6,600 to Learning to Lead (LTL). This is a new program added onto the core Operation Fresh Start (OFS) program. OFS was begun in 1970 to address the needs of young men who were having difficulty completing high school and finding employment.  Ten... Read more »
SummitLogo369425 Summit Credit Union Pledges Support for AFFW’s Women’s Economic Empowerment Agenda - A Fund for Women is pleased to announce the support of Summit Credit Union as a 2016 giving partner.  As we launch our new strategic focus on Women’s Economic Empowerment, we welcome Summit’s partnership as a long-standing leader and investor in the financial empowerment of women and girls and their families and communities across Dane... Read more »
Heinritz 2016 Planning Now Underway! - Dear A Fund for Women family members: At our annual event on Wednesday, October 21st, Imagine Madison: The Future Belongs to Those Who Believe in the Beauty of Their Dreams, we unveiled our new area of strategic focus, Women’s Economic Empowerment, and announced our first three grant recipients in support of this priority. As we... Read more »
AFFWLogo2010 A Big Thank You to Our 2015 Annual Event Sponsors! - The Imagine Madison celebration wouldn’t be possible without our incredible sponsors and media partners.  We especially want to call out our Gold sponsors, American Family Insurance and Capitol Lakes, and our Silver sponsors, Godfrey & Kahn, MG&E, and the Women of Smith & Gesteland. We encourage you to patronize these local businesses that support our women... Read more »
Heinritz Join A Fund for Women for the Imagine Madison Celebration! - On Wednesday, October 21st, A Fund for Women will host its 22nd annual fundraising event at Monona Terrace, 5:00pm-8:00pm. Please join us for an evening together – Imagine Madison: The Future Belongs to Those Who Believe in the Beauty of Their Dreams – featuring appearances by Telisa Yancy, Vice President of Marketing, American Family Insurance;... Read more »
AFFWLogo2010 Register Now for our Annual Event! - On Wednesday, October 21, 2015, starting at 5:00 p.m., A Fund for Women donors, supporters, and grantees will gather at Monona Terrace for the Annual Event, IMAGINE MADISON: THE FUTURE BELONGS TO THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN THE BEAUTY OF THEIR DREAMS.  This year, A Fund for Women has a lot planned to celebrate another successful year spent... Read more »