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:

  • 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. 

Check out who serves on the Women in Philanthropy Council, and print out an overview to share with friends! We also have a convenient online form to nominate yourself or someone else for a council or committee position with WIP.            

Interested in becoming a member of WIP? Contact Chris Morrison at (505) 247-3671 or [email protected].      

WIP Mentoring Program

Each year, WIP hosts a six month program designed to promote philanthropy and cultivate women to become community leaders. Visit the WIP Mentoring Program page for more information, or apply online today!                                

Women’s Self-Sufficiency Initiative Fund 

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 18 and over. These 2014-2015 grants are awarded to agencies that enhance women's employability by one or more of these focus areas:

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

Click here to donate to the WIP Women's Self-Sufficiency Initiative Fund.

Program: Energizing Economic Opportunity and Employment for Central New Mexico Women
Grant Awarded: $16,000
To provide loans and business development training to women entrepeneurs in the Albuquerque MSA area during 2014 and 2015 to increase their ability to create employment for themselves and jobs for others. 

Crossroads for Women
Program: Vocational Program
Grant Awarded: $10,500
The Vocational Program supports clients in defining and achieving their employment, educational, and financial goals, and is available to all current and former clients. Clients typically begin participation in the Vocational Program within the first month of entering housing.

Cuidando los Ninos
Program: Parent Support Services Program
Grant Awarded: $23,443.34
This program provides case management, direct services to address families' goals and a parent education program that focuses on parenting skills, wellness and nutrition and life skills - including job search skills, accessing education programs, budgeting, scheduling time, housing resources and legal support.

Precious Gifts Housing Program
Program: Educational and Career Coaching Program
Grant Awarded: $19,317
Weekly one-on-one sessions with educational and career development coach, individual case management and weekly group coursework with cultural consideration including topics such as parenting skills, codependency, learning styels, financial responsibility, divergent, creative and critical thinking skills.

Southwest Creations Collaborative
Program: Employability and Adult Education Program
Grant Awarded: $26,000
SCC's Employability and Adult Education program addresses the multiple barriers that low-income women experience in securing full-time employment by: 1. Improving high school graduation and GED completion rates 2. Building English and professional skills 3. Preparing U.S. citizens, increasing workplace and civic participation, and 4. Providing quality childcare during skills-building and work time for .25 per hour.

Women's Economic Self-Sufficiency Team Corp
Program: Enhancing Employability for Women 50+
Grant Awarded: $20,000
This program will offer job skills training tailored to enhance employability for women 50+ and provide a pathway to a secure economic future. The program incorporates a multi-week curriculum designed to help women 50+ assess their current skills, acquire new organizational, financial, communication and computer/technical skills, create an action plan, and start on a new path to employment.

YWCA Middle Rio Grande
Program: Henderson House (Femal Veterans Housing Program)
Grant Awarded: $15,000
Henderson House is for homeless women veterans, including those with children, who need safe and secure transitional housing, access to healthcare beyond traditional VA services, as well as career guidance, job training, financial management assistance and child care.