That WCA Foundation runs a spring and fall grant round each year. We typically make general operating and project grants ranging from $10,000 to $30,000. We fund organizations in the seven-county metro area that address the fundamental needs of women in the areas of education, economic stability, shelter, safety, or health.
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.
WCA is run by up to 50 volunteer members, all women. Members are responsible for investigating grant requests and making award recommendations to the foundation’s board.
- That when women are secure, entire communities are stronger.
- That in the grantmaking process, the needs of the community and grantees prevail.
- That focusing our work will increase our impact in the community.
- In a world where structures and systems are equitable.
Our values are Legacy, Stability, Community, Fairness, Accountability, and Hope.
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.