Women in Philanthropy

Women in Philanthropy is dedicated to inspiring, educating, and encouraging women to affect change in their community through philanthropy and leadership.

Women in Philanthropy is about giving women a greater voice, about educating and encouraging women to affect change in their community through philanthropy and leadership while engaging in networking amongst women through a commitment to and relationship with the United Way of Central New Mexico. Membership is extended to women who make an annual combined household gift of $1,000 or more.

Membership is extended to women who:

  • Wish to affect change in their community through philanthropy and leadership
  • Contribute to the United Way of Central New Mexico through a workplace campaign or individually, a combined household gift of $1,000 or more.                                                   

Women’s Self Sufficiency Grant Program 

The purpose of UWCNM’s Women in Philanthropy Women’s Self-Sufficiency grants is to help create sustainable systemic change in our four-county community through grants that address a continuum of services and the most pressing issues for women. Click here to see who serves on the Women in Philanthropy Council.

The 2013-2014 WIP Women’s Self Sufficiency grants will focus on funding to programs focused on one or more of the following areas:

  • Improve high school graduation rates and/or assist with GED completion
  • Provide job/skill training for women to secure full-time employment
  • Support transitional and/or permanent housing for women 

ACCION New Mexico
Program: Financial Literacy Training and Self-Sufficiency for Central New Mexico Women
Grant Awarded: $30,000
ACCION invests in the development of the entrepreneurial potential of Central New Mexico women, particularly low-to-moderate income and minority women, believing they are powerful change agents who can create and grow the small businesses needed to create new sources of income and employment from which a brighter future is possible. 

Precious Gifts Program: Educational and Career Coaching
Grant Awarded: $15,681
Monthly outreach provided to pre-release group at women’s prison includes information on GED, financial aid, and college educational support services and processes and provides weekly one-one-one and group Educational and Career Coaching to residents of Precious Gifts Women’s Transitional Housing program.

Sew Right, Inc.
Program: Sew Right
Grant Awarded: $5,218
The program provides full tuition scholarships to cover the 2 year program including Sew Right Skills 101 and all advanced classes. Classroom time consists of a mixture of lecture and lab time.

Southwest Creations Collaborative (SCC)
Program: Buena Fe
Grant Awarded: $55,583
Using a holistic and family centered approach, SCC builds employability and educational access for low-income women and their families while also providing dignified employment in sewing and handwork and childcare for .25 per hour.

SWEPT – Southwest Educational Programs for Training
Program: Workforce Ready
Grant Awarded: $30,000
A 3-week bi-lingual soft-skills course designed to help parents, primarily women, enter a rapidly changing, more formalized labor market.  The program includes resume preparation, interviewing skills, financial literacy, entrepreneurial course, GED class when needed.