Announcing Our 2019 Partner and Grant Winner! 

October 5, 2018—The Legacy Foundation is thrilled to announce our new 2019 partner—Rise Up! Under the leadership of founder and IWF NorCal member Denise Dunning, Rise Up is launching a new initiative in 2019 to advance social justice and improve education, equity and opportunity for girls and women in California. In addition to receiving the $20,000 grant, Rise Up is excited about having IWF members work with them in meaningful ways. Please join us in congratulating Denise and her team as we embark on this new partnership in 2019! Read more.

Background & Application


The International Women's Forum (IWF) Northern California advances leadership across careers, cultures and communities by connecting preeminent women for the purpose of idea exchange, inspiration and learning. We are an organization of over 250 women leaders based in the Bay Area representing diverse backgrounds, industry expertise and professions. Our key tenets are leadership, friendship, community and inspiration.

The Legacy Foundation is the foundation arm of IWF Northern California, a 501(c)3 charitable and educational organization. Our mission is to improve the status of women and foster the development of future women leaders, through our key tenets: 

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

The Legacy Partnership Project

The Legacy Partnership Project was established in 2015 to directly benefit women in the greater Bay Area through partnerships with established non-profit organizations who align with our mission to improve the status of women and foster the development of future leaders. The Legacy Foundation offers selected partners financial support while also leveraging IWF Northern California members' talents and skills.

Current and past partners include: Girl Scouts Northern California (2017), Year Up Bay Area (2016), and Swords to Plowshares (2015).

IWF members run many of the political, economic, arts and social structures that make the Bay Area great. IWF members connect personally with our partner organizations, serving as guides and mentors. They are excellent resources, sharing deep and broad experiences and expertise across professions and industries. We encourage selected partners to tap into this network of remarkable women to positively touch and impact the women in and served by your organization.


Please apply for an IWF Legacy Foundation Partnership grant if you are a Bay Area based non-profit directly serving and benefiting women in the Bay Area. The Legacy Foundation Board considers prospective partners for a one-year (2019) commitment and a grant of $20,000. Based on the success for the first year, the partnership is renewable for a second year.

We want to know that both our grant support and access to our network of leaders will make a difference to your organization. In the application, it is important that candidates propose how IWF Northern California can help fulfill their mission and articulate the potential impact of IWF members’ time, talents, and treasures.

We have designed our grant process to be simple. Following an open application period, a group of semi-finalists will be invited to present to the Legacy Foundation Board in July. In September, selected finalists will present to the broader IWF membership, and members will vote to select the new partner. The selected partner will be asked to appoint a relationship manager from their organization to oversee the partnership commitment.


All grant recipients must meet the following requirements:

    • Organization must be located in the Bay Area (i.e., located in the following Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma, or Solano)
    • Organization must be a non-profit
    • Organization (or its fiscal sponsor) has a current and valid California State license
    • Organization (or its fiscal sponsor) is listed on Guidestar
    • Organization's mission must align with the Legacy Foundation’s mission to improve the status of women and foster the development of future leaders
    • Organizations have an operating budget of less than $10 million
    • A grant of $20,000 should make a demonstrated difference to the organization

Grant proposals that include any of the following will not be considered:

    • Debt reduction
    • Grants to individuals
    • Endowment or capital funding
    • Partisan, legislative, or political activity
    • Religious outreach or evangelical programs

Please do not send applications that do not meet these requirements.

Legacy Partner Selection Timeline:

 Application deadline June 30, 2018
 Finalist interviews July 24 & 31, 2018
 Legacy Open House  September 26, 2018 (canceled)
 IWF members vote to select partner September 14 - October 1, 2018
 New Legacy Partner notified October 4, 2018
 Celebration Event - New Legacy Partner introduced October 10, 2018 
 Legacy Partner grant awarded January 21, 2019

Applications will be accepted from May 21, 2018 through June 30, 2018.

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