COLLECTIVE GIVING GRANTMAKING IN ACTION: THE RIPPLE EFFECT
• Give more, on average, than donors who do not give collectively• Give to promote a vision of change based on solid research about potential grantees and community need• Make multi-year gifts• Contribute to a larger number of organizations• Become more active and informed philanthropists• Serve as leaders, volunteers, and advocates for nonprofits in their communities
Collective giving grantmaking organizations strengthen communities in numerous ways, especially by creating new, enduring, and local sources of funding for the common good. These organizations have developed reputations for vigorous vetting processes resulting in strategic, impactful grantmaking. This intentional philanthropy often provides informal seals of approval that stimulate additional funding sources for the grantees.
Washington Women’s Foundation (WaWF) was founded by Colleen Willoughby to create a new community asset to educate and expand the pool of women in philanthropy. As a vehicle for women’s enhanced participation in philanthropy, it provides members the opportunity and tools to participate in large-impact grantmaking. Every member of WA Women’s Foundation makes an annual tax-deductible contribution of $2,500. The majority of this amount is directly applied to grant making; all of it powers the transformative work WaWF influences in each other and in communities across the state. Member-led committees vet grants. All members are asked to vote on a final ballot with proposals for funding in each of the following areas: arts and culture, education, environment, health, and human services and the grants are awarded to organizations all over the state. Each year, one $100,000 Pooled Fund Grant Award is made in each of these five categories. To date, more than 1,000 WWF members have granted over $18 million over 25 years.