The WCA Foundation funds organizations in the seven-county metro area that address the fundamental needs of women in the areas of education, economic stability, shelter, safety, and health. WCA holds one annual open grant round offering project-specific support. The next grant round will open in December 2023.
Founded in 1866, the WCA Foundation was the first benevolent nonprofit organization in Minnesota. Now a Signature Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation, WCA makes grants to a diverse group of nonprofit human service agencies and programs, stewarding an endowment of approximately $18 million.
Become a Member
Members of WCA are organized into three grantmaking departments that are named for three of our founders – Kate Dunwoody, Mabeth Paige, and Mahala Fisk Pillsbury. Members’ primary responsibilities are to review grant applications, conduct site visits, and make funding recommendations.
Individuals interested in becoming members can contact Julia Ruther at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will forward your name to the WCA Membership Committee, and a committee member will contact you to share more about joining WCA.