Announcing our 2020 Immediate Impact Grant Partners


The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio is proud to announce that we have made immediate impact grants to 19 organizations and initiatives on the frontlines of COVID-19 serving women and girls in central Ohio.

In a true grassroots effort, we mobilized the community to show up and invest in the women and girls impacted by the crisis. Over 80 donors, with gifts from $5 to $10,000, courageously invested in this effort, more than doubling our initial grantmaking dollars. Just three weeks ago, nearly 300 grant readers came together virtually to score grant applications, using their voices and lived experiences to inform our funding. And, thanks to this rapid response, we are pleased to share that the funding is already in the hands of our grant partners, so that they can start their critical work.

We believe in investing in big, bold ideas and trusting women as leaders in their own communities. The funded initiatives shed light on what women and girls need right now – access to basic needs and supplies, support for frontline workers, access to health care and contraception, support for voter and civic engagement – and also demonstrate the incredible creativity and grit of women leading on the frontlines.  

We received an unprecedented number of applications, underscoring the fact that our central Ohio communities are deeply and devastatingly impacted by COVID-19. The need is great and the importance of equitable solutions is evident, with many initiatives serving populations most affected by the crisis, including women of color, immigrants and refugees, LGBTQ+ people, and more.

At a time when so many are activated to create change and find solutions, we know that this is just the start and there are many more worthy community initiatives looking for investment. We face an extraordinary opportunity ahead to rethink and rebuild a world that is equitable for all people. Your courage capital will help us do more. Join us as we continue to invest in equitable solutions that advance social change by investing in us today.

We invite you to learn more about our immediate impact grant partners here.