About the Women’s Legacy Fund

The Women’s Legacy Fund mission is to be a catalyst for philanthropy that improves the lives of women and girls in San Luis Obispo County. Established by the Foundation Board of Directors in 2003, this fund is the only endowment in the County which targets the needs of women and girls alone. Based on compelling data both nationwide as well as in California, the need for a fund in San Luis Obispo County focusing on the needs of women is greater than ever. Grants from the fund support organizations that assist women and girls to strengthen their physical, emotional, intellectual, and financial well-being. Each year the WLF’s Advisory Committee identifies a focus for grant-making in the areas of economic independence, basic needs, safety, reproductive health, education, and mental health.

Over the years, hundreds of donors have made contributions of $1,000 or more, and many make annual gift of $250 to sustain the fund. We call these generous donors our Legacy Leaders. Through the efforts of our Legacy Leaders, the fund Advisory Committee and the Annual Women’s’ Legacy Fund Luncheon, the endowment has grown to $2 million and grant awards have totaled more than $500,000.

Based on compelling data both nationwide as well as in California, the need for a fund in San Luis Obispo County focusing on the needs of women is apparent. Grants from the fund support organizations that assist women and girls to strengthen their physical, emotional, intellectual and financial well-being. Each year the WLF’s Advisory Committee identifies a focus area for grant-making from the broad fields of economic independence, basic needs, safety, reproductive health, education and mental health.

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The Young 100

The Women’s Legacy Fund Advisory Committee is pleased to announce a new Legacy Leader program, The Young 100. Open to the first 100 young people 40 years old and younger, the affordable $28 per-month contribution for three years will encourage young community members to become Legacy Leaders as well as allow them to benefit from practicing philanthropy in our community. Current Legacy Leaders may sponsor The Young 100 members to help them reach their goal of becoming involved in the Women’s Legacy Fund. . For more information about this program visit www.theyoung100.com


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For any questions about this fund reach out to The Community Foundation at info@cfsloco.org or 805-543-2323.


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Heidi H. McPherson Chief Executive Officer (805) 543-2323