IWF Northern California Legacy Foundation



The IWF Northern California Legacy Foundation (“Legacy”) is a 501(c)(3) charitable and educational organization whose mission is to improve the status of women and foster the development of future women leaders.

Following are Legacy’s key strategic tenets:

  • Leadership: Advance and inspire leadership of women in our community
  • Impact: Make measurable impact for our community partners, with deep engagement and mutual accountability
  • Community: Engage IWF NorCal members by providing meaningful ways to give their time, talent and treasure

While IWF NorCal and Legacy they are separate legal entities, we believe that philanthropic engagement through Legacy plays a prominent role in the IWF NorCal member experience.


The IWF Northern California Legacy Foundation began in 1990 as the foundation arm of IWF Northern California following a highly successful convening of a national conference in 1989 in San Francisco. The national conference was originally chaired by Diane Winokur, a founding IWF Northern California member, and Fran Streets, a former president of International Women's Forum, who together laid the groundwork for the Legacy Foundation.

As Legacy’s first president, Diane shepherded the organization through its early days as a 501(c) (3) charitable and educational organization affiliated with the Women's Forum West. “We proudly named it Legacy because IWF Northern California needed – and wanted – to do something that carried over to the generations which come after us. We wanted to put down our mark,” says Diane.

Today, the word “legacy” remains the key to the philosophy which guides the Legacy Board in fulfilling Legacy's mission and accomplishing the organization's goals and projects.


We welcome your interest in the IWF Northern California Legacy Foundation. Learn more about our Legacy Partners and member engagement opportunitiesOur most recent Legacy President's Message overviews our latest initiatives. If you are interested in serving on the board or supporting Legacy in any other way, please contact Legacy's Executive Director, Marsha Takagi.


Our latest Legacy Foundation Annual Report provides an overview of our Legacy history, current vision and strategy, and most importantly, recognizes our donors' stories and contributions. 

Contact us at iwfnorcal@gmail.com           1040 El Camino Real #205, Burlingame, CA 94010            415-227-9987