In Our Backyard Donor Education Event

Please join us at our next In Our Backyard education session entitled “Full Speed Ahead to Successful Futures” on Thursday, November 14. 2019 from 3:00pm – 5:00pm. We will be discussing how local agencies are helping women and girls through recent Women’s Legacy Grants.

We look forward to hearing from Peoples’ Self-Help Housing about their program assisting women who live in their complexes in becoming Licensed Day Care Providers, thereby significantly boosting their family’s income. The Boys and Girls Club of South San Luis Obispo County will present their SMART Girls Program, which pairs high school aged mentors with middle school girls to guide them through the ups and downs of teenage struggles: helping them navigate relationships with friends, family and boys, as well as steering between schoolwork, nutrition, fitness, and self-esteem. This program aims to keep girls looking ahead to success in today’s fast-paced world, and avoiding the social media detours and other speed bumps.

This event will be held at the Foundation office and light refreshments will be served. Space is limited so please RSVP by Monday, November 11 to Cecelia Mazelin at or 805-543-2323.

Full Speed Ahead to Successful Futures
Thursday, November 14 
3:00pm – 5:00pm,

550 Dana Street, San Luis Obispo

Women’s Legacy Fund Annual Luncheon – Sept. 26, 2019

Image of smiling teenager with text "You changed her life. Now discover how you can support more women and girls across San Luis Obispo County and beyond by attending the Women's Legacy Fund Luncheon on September 26, 2019."

The 17th annual Women’s Legacy Fund Luncheon will be held at noon on Thursday, September 26, 2019. Each year approximately 700 community members come together to celebrate the impact of the Women’s Legacy Fund grant-making and learn about the challenging issues that the women and girls of our community are facing each day. Our keynote speaker this year will be inspirational speaker Tuti Scott who has been educating and energizing social change leaders for more than 25 years.

Listen to Tuti share six stories with themes tied to being an advocate for women and girls including how to reflect, advocate, convene, invest, influence, and recognize discrimination against women and girls. You’ll come away from this luncheon understanding the power and active role you can play in supporting and empowering women and girls in San Luis Obispo County and beyond. Tickets for the luncheon may be purchased online at For more information about the Women’s Legacy Fund click here.

Professional Advisors Luncheon – October 25, 2019

This is an important educational and networking opportunity on Friday, October 25, 2019 for local professional advisors to keep abreast of topics related to the fields of philanthropy and community leadership. Each year, this event brings together more than 150 attendees at which keynote speakers share their experiences in the fields of both finance and charitable giving. For information about sponsorship opportunities click here. To purchase luncheon tickets online click here.

Foundation Sponsors Screenings at SLO Film Festival March 2019

Poster for WLF Screening of Film Afghan Cycles

Each year the Foundation supports the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival by sponsoring film screenings that highlight issues important to our community. This year is the 25th anniversary of the festival from March 13-17 and we are proud to have the Women’s Legacy Fund and the Growing Together Initiative Fund sponsor the following impactful documentaries. 

  • Afghan Cyclesis a feature documentary about a generation of Afghan women who are pedaling their own revolution, aggressively challenging gender and cultural barriers using the bicycle as a vehicle for freedom, empowerment and social change. This inspiring film beautifully documents the indomitable spirit of a small but powerful group of athletes who hope to make the journey easier for future generations. 
  • Light in the Water is a documentary about the West Hollywood Aquatics Club which was formed in 1982 as the first openly gay swim and water polo club that shattered both world records and homophobic stereotypes. This film follows their battle for acceptance: from their humble beginnings, to how these men and women have become a renowned force fighting injustice in the world of competitive sports and dive into four decades of LGBTQ history. 

For more information go to or click on movie images below. Tickets are available for purchase online and will also be sold at the venue on a first-come, first-served basis. For more info call 805-546-3456.