The Atlanta Women's Foundation (AWF) raises, manages, and distributes funds to programs that serve women and girls in the metropolitan Atlana area. The AWF was established in 1986 when the Women's Business Owners of Atlanta donated $10,000 to create the Atlanta Women's Fund within the Metropolitan Atlanta Community Foundation. In 1998, the Fund became independent of the Community Foundation and was renamed the Atlanta Women's Foundation. Over the past thirty-five years, the AWF has donated millions of dollars to hundreds of organizations in service to its mission to be "a catalyst for change in the lives of women and girls."
Bridging the Socio-Economic Divide
"I thought that the first, the way to tell the story of what the Atlanta Women’s Fund is would be by the grants that we made. That people would see us as a funder and understand our philosophy of empowerment of women and get out of that victim-y stuff, and focus on low-income women and women of color…and lesbians.
I went to the Feminist Women’s Health Center and said, “Can we give you some money if you will do a proposal on Lesbian breast health.” So they came up with a shower cards and you know, “If you are a Lesbian, doctors will not ask you what you’re using for birth control, but they will not see that women who don’t have children are a higher risk for breast cancer.” We gave a grant to Planned Parenthood. We gave a grant to the Southeast Medical Center, to do mammograms for low-income women. They came up with this creative plan to give coupons away at the West End Publix to women, for a free mammogram, as if it were a gift. We had a mobile mammography unit out there, and it became like a big deal if you got a coupon. It became a very positive thing."
Stephanie Davis oral history interview August 26, 2010
Impactful Approaches Toward Wholeness and Healing
One of the Atlanta Women’s Foundation's initiatives, “Face to Face,” funded restorative plastic and dental surgery for formerly abused women. Another, the Girls to Women Project, was a collaboration with several African-American organizations to expand services to girls.
"I find it incredibly rewarding, self-fulfilling, and I know why I am here on this earth. It is to accomplish a set of things that involve mobilizing women to make social change. And everything I’ve done has done that. And it’s been incredibly gratifying."
Stephanie Davis oral history, September 29, 2010