Inspiring Impact

Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life; it’s about what you inspire others to do. Since the inception of our Inspire Atlanta program in 2018, we have seen more than 180 women through this program. Over the course of the five-month initiative, Inspire Atlanta participants attend several required sessions and have the option to…

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The seven women who make the A-Team ROCK!

In 1986, a group of visionary women business owners founded The Atlanta Women’s Fund as part of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. In 1998, that fund had grown in importance and credibility, becoming independent as The Atlanta Women’s Foundation (AWF). As the only public foundation in Georgia dedicated solely to women and girls, the…

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On the Quarter and a Quarter Acre and in AWF history

Dr. Maya Angelou speaks at 1998 Numbers Too Big to Ignore luncheon

Twenty five years ago, in 1998, at just the second Numbers Too Big to Ignore luncheon we were honored to have Dr. Maya Angelou as our keynote speaker.  In her address, Dr. Maya Angelou encouraged women, girls and all people to be the composers of their lives. This 1998 luncheon marked a significant passage for…

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Staff Spotlight: Allison Bodner Smith

This month we are spotlighting AWF’s newest staff member, Allison Bodner Smith.  Allison joined the staff this month as our Donor Relations Manager.  In this role, she is responsible for donor-centered fundraising initiatives, managing volunteer and donor related events, sustaining and strengthening donor societies, managing current corporate and foundation grants, amongst other key items benefiting…

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2022 A Year in Review

Before we leap into the New Year, we want to take some moments to reflect on what your support made possible in 2022. The Atlanta Women’s Foundation strives to break barriers for women and girls in metro Atlanta so they can live economically self-sufficient, successful, safe, and healthy lives.  AWF supports organizations that improve the…

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2022 Sue Wieland Embracing Possibility Award Honorees

The Sue Wieland Embracing Possibility Award is a special grant of $20,000 given annually to one of our grantee partner organizations. The selected organization demonstrates an outstanding ability to make a significant impact in the lives of women and girls through their ongoing work and by using an example of one individual that the organization…

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Getting Ready for Rita

AWF is excited to have Rita Moreno Award-Winning Actress, Dancer & Singer speak at our 2022 Numbers Too Big To Ignore Luncheon. From her humble upbringing living in poverty to overcoming racism and sexism in Hollywood, Rita’s inspirational story is one of breaking barriers. Rita Moreno has won all four of the most prestigious awards…

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Meet AWF’s New Board Members

New Board Member Collage

Last month we welcomed eight new members to the AWF Board of Directors. The new class of board members are leaders in their field and the community, representing a range of industries from across Atlanta. The new members of the Board of Directors are: Fiona Bell Fiona graduated with a Bachelor of Art in English…

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Board Service and Beyond

Top row: Nancy Halwig and Becky Schmitt. Bottom row: Michele Sims and Mark Wasserman

This year we continue our annual tradition of recognizing and thanking the AWF Board Members whose terms have come to an end. The four amazing Board Members we’re highlighting this year have served for six years, but have been AWF supporters long before their board service. Nancy Halwig An engaged and dedicated board member, one…

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Why Mental Health

An illustration of a woman's head made up of puzzle pieces against a blue background with the words Mental Health above her head.

In 2011, The Atlanta Women’s Foundation undertook a proprietary research project entitled Breaking the Cycle of Generational Poverty in Metro Atlanta to understand how women and girls experience poverty in AWF’s five-county service area. The results of this research deepened AWF’s understanding of the issues impacting women and girls in our community. The research findings…

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