Legacy Partner Selection

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. 


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: 

  • 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.

Legacy Partners

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:

 Organization  Year(s)  Total Grant
 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.


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:

  • 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 (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

2019 partner applications were accepted from May 21, 2018 through June 30, 2018.

Questions? Contact us at iwfnorcal@gmail.com.

For Reference:
Application Questions

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