For the foreseeable future, Legacy is supporting the work of existing Legacy Partners, especially as they grapple with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is to extend selective grant support and identify IWF member engagement opportunities to address the most pressing needs of the economically vulnerable communities our partners serve.
LEGACY FOUNDATION - WHO WE ARE
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 280 women leaders based in the Bay Area representing diverse backgrounds, industry expertise and professions.
The IWF Northern California Legacy Foundation is the foundation arm of IWF Northern California, set up as 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:
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 grant support while also leveraging IWF NorCal members' talents and skills.
Recent Legacy Foundation grantees include:
|Rise Up||2019, 2020, 2021||$30,000|
|Fresh Lifelines for Youth||2019, 2020, 2021||$12,500|
|GirlVentures||2019, 2020, 2021||$17,500|
| Girl Scouts Northern California
||2017, 2018, 2020, 2021||$25,000|
| Year Up Bay Area
||2016, 2018, 2020, 2021||$30,000|
|Swords to Plowshares||2015||$5,000|
We encourage Legacy Partners to tap into the IWF NorCal network to positively touch and impact the women in and served by their organizations. 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.
PARTNERSHIP & GRANT PROCESS
Not currently accepting Legacy Partner applications
You many apply for a Legacy Foundation 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 commitment and a financial grant. Based on the success for the first year, the partnership is renewable in the future.
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 NorCal can help fulfill their mission and articulate the potential impact of IWF NorCal 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. 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:
Grant proposals that include any of the following will not be considered:
Please do not send applications that do not meet these requirements.
Legacy Partner Selection Timeline (2018-2019 sample):
|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|