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!                                

2015 Grant Celebration

On July 23, 2015, WIP members celebrated the 2015-16 Women's Self-Sufficiency Initiative Fund grantees and honored outgoing volunteers at a vintage-themed event at the Albuquerque Country Club. The event program contains a "year in review" summary of the 2014-15 WIP Council's work and information about the 2015-16 grantees.

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. The 2015-16 grants have been awarded to agencies that enhance women's employability in 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.

ACCION
Program: Creating Jobs and Economic Growth for Central New Mexico's Women Entrepeneurs
Grant Awarded: $25,000
By providing access to business credit and financial education, Accion helps central New Mexico women entrepeneurs start or grow their businesses. Accion-supported women-owned businesses, in turn, help create vital jobs in the community. As of October 31, 2014, the 101 central New Mexico women entrepeneurs Accion had lent to, reported creating and/or sustaining 225 jobs. 

Precious Gifts Housing Program
Program: Educational and Career Coaching Program
Grant Awarded: $19,300
The Precious Gifts Coaching Program provides and develops a basic life skill set as well as continues emoptional support, educational guidance, and linking to outside resourced and communication skills for clients who are being reintegrated into society. Life skills assist clients to overcome difficulty in boundary identification; help them work withing structured environments; and assist in identification of communications deficits. This approach motivates achievement of life aspirations and target career goals.

Southwest Creations Collaborative
Program: Employability and Adult Education Program
Grant Awarded: $60,000
Southwest Creations Collaborative operates a successful twenty year old social enterprise that provides dignified employment, educational and leadership development, and free childcare for low-income women and their families. The Employability and Adult Education Program addresses the multiple barriers that low income women experience in securing full-time employment, including lack of academic, language, and professional skills and the inability to balance successful parenting and work.

Women's Economic Self-Sufficiency Team Corp
Program: Enhancing Employability for Women 50+
Grant Awarded: $35,000
The Enhancing Employability for Women 50+ Program is an eight week training program with a curriculum designed to help women 50+ assess current skills, acquire new organizational, financial, communication and computer/technical skills, create an action plan, and start on a new path to employment. Those who wish to seek self-employment can work with WESST for additional business training; for those seeking other employment options, referrals will be made to partner organizations to help secure employment.