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 Foundation has invested $20 million into over 350 Atlanta area nonprofit organizations that have successfully moved women and girls from poverty to economic self-sufficiency. In addition to strategic grantmaking, AWF provides leadership and philanthropic training to a diverse group of professional women to empower not only themselves, but their communities as well.
Founded as the Atlanta Women’s Fund at the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta (CFGA).
Launched our first Women Who Are Homeless Grant Cycle with the support of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW Atlanta).
First Numbers Too Big To Ignore Luncheon, featured speakers Jane Fonda and Gloria Steinem.
Separated from CFGA to become The Atlanta Women’s Foundation.
Established "Angela's Fund" to raise money to help commercially sexually exploited girls in metro Atlanta.
Launched Women on Board.
Launched the Destiny Fund Program, a leadership development program for emerging philanthropists.
Established the Wieland Endowment and the Sue Wieland Embracing Possibility Award.
Provided the seed funding to establish Global Village Project.
Commissioned proprietary research Breaking the Cycle of Generational Poverty in Metro Atlanta.
Implements Collective Impact Approach to grantmaking.
Launched the Promoting Women’s Mental Health & Wellbeing Grant Initiative.
Celebrate 20th anniversary of the Numbers Too Big To Ignore Luncheon, raising $1 million.
Launched the Women’s Pathway to Success Grant Initiative.
Launched the Breaking Barriers, Building Women: Economic Empowerment Program for Women Grant Initiative.
Celebrated 20th anniversary of the founding of AWF.
Launched community impact program for women, Inspire Atlanta.
Commissioned new research Women-Powered Prosperity in Metro Atlanta
Created emergency fund for grantees most affected by the pandemic.
Celebrate 25th Anniversary of the Numbers Too Big To Ignore Luncheon, once again raising $1 million!
Commissioned new research State of Girls in Metro Atlanta.