How You Can Help

Do a Little or Do a Lot. It’s Your Choice.

One of the things we are proudest of at SDWF is our “no-guilt” factor.How You Can Help

Do a little…

The San Diego Women’s Foundation members commit to making their annual contribution and voting on final grant recipients. Every member has one vote. We do no fundraising. We have no obligatory meetings.

Do a lot…

Members wishing additional involvement are encouraged to serve on one or more of the committees listed below. For more information or to join a committee please email

How You Can Help

Our Committees

Collaboration Committee

This committee explores collaborative funding opportunities through a separate grants pool not tied to our overall focus area, which committee members contribute at least $500 on top of their membership dues.

Development Committee

This group designs and implements the organization’s strategies to secure additional resources to further our mission.

Fellows Committee

Through a competitive nomination process, SDWF awards “Fellowships” to select staff members of our current/past Community Partners. Fellows receive a two-year membership scholarship and are paired with an SDWF mentor who helps them navigate our events and engagement.

Finance Committee

This committee develops the budget and maintains financial accountability for the organization.

Governance Committee

This group monitors our bylaws and standing orders to ensure our organization and its leadership are working appropriately and effectively.

Grants Committee

This diverse committee develops and implements a grants process, assesses the impact of previous awards, and continues ongoing and productive relationships with our community partners. The Grants Committee has three separate teams, each with its own focus and chair: D-I-G Team, Implementation Team, and Impact Team.

Marketing Committee

This committee develops and implements a marketing and communications plan to support the mission of SDWF. The committee will develop messaging and materials, press releases, media stories, oversee the website and social media efforts.

Membership Committee

This committee ensures a positive, engaging member experience through social and educational opportunities. The committee also promotes and grows SDWF through outreach to local women.

Programs Committee

This group provides programs that ensure we have the information and education needed to be effective philanthropists.

Want to help in other ways?

Here are some ideas…

SDWF welcomes additional support for special needs throughout the year. These include:

  • Individual member (angel) gifts
  • Additional contributions to the Endowment
  • Project sponsorships
  • Honorary or memorial gifts
  • Planned giving
  • Employee matching funds

Contact Katie Sawyer, Executive Director at or 619-814-1374 for more information.