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.
The Legacy Foundation Board considers prospective partners for a three-year commitment. Candidate organizations submit a detailed questionnaire and financials, and propose how IWF Northern California can help them fulfill their mission. Following interviews, the Legacy Foundation Board selects three finalists, and IWF members who have made a donation vote on the finalist candidates. The selected organization is announced at the annual meeting.
We appreciate the generosity IWF Northern California members have shown to women and girls in our community. While the financial support is essential, member participation is the most important thing we can provide. Sharing your experience makes a difference. We hope you also have fun while doing it.
Legacy Partner (2016) — Year Up Bay Area
Year Up empowers low-income young adults to go from poverty to professional careers in a single year. Year Up closes the Opportunity Divide, connecting young adults who need opportunity with companies who need their talent.
Year Up is a national organization that has operated in the Bay Area since 2008. Year Up Bay Area offers a one-year, intensive training program that provides low-income young adults, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skill development, coursework eligible for college credits, corporate internships, and wrap-around support. Learn more about Year Up’s inspiring Bay Area young leaders by reading Student Stories.
Year Up training takes place on campuses in San Francisco, Silicon Valley (San Jose) and Diablo Valley (Pleasant Hill). Year Up Bay Area corporate partners include technology leaders like LinkedIn, Salesforce, Google and Facebook, as well as long-standing leaders Kaiser Permanente, Blue Shield of California and Charles Schwab.
In 2016, IWF Northern California hosted a Year Up “Meet & Greet,” and IWF member Christi Haley Stover led a “Women in Tech” panel discussion with Year Up students. In December 2016, we launched a Year Up staff mentoring program, with seven IWF members serving as mentors to selected Year Up staff members, focusing on leadership development and career skills.
IWF member Kirsten Wolberg serves as a Year Up Bay Area board member and nominated Year Up as a Legacy Partner.
Legacy Partner (2017) — Girl Scouts of Northern California
Girl Scouts’ mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. As the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with programs from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success.
One of the largest councils, Girl Scouts of Northern California serves 44,000 girls (ages 5–17) in 19 counties. While the majority of these girls participate through traditional pathways of summer camps and volunteer led troops, Girl Scouts also offers innovative programs to meet the needs of our community’s most vulnerable girls.
IWF Northern California is specifically working to expand Girl Scouts’ “Got Choices” program in San Francisco and Alameda counties. Got Choices is a prevention and intervention program for high-risk girls involved in the juvenile justice system. The program is designed to reduce risky behaviors, increase protective factors, and support positive decision-making. Girls receive a safe environment and extensive support through relationship building, health education, creative expression, community service, and life skills training.
IWF member Robin MacGillivray is a Girl Scouts of Northern California board member and nominated Girl Scouts as a Legacy Partner; IWF member Marina Park is the CEO of Girl Scouts of Northern California.
We encourage all IWF members to be a Legacy PARTNER.