The WLF’s Mission Is To Engage Women In Effecting Change In Our Community Through Collective Philanthropy.
Who We Are
The Women’s Legacy Fund (WLF) was established in 2007 by the Southwest Florida Community Foundation to enable women in Southwest Florida to direct their giving in focused, strategic ways.
Through a group of Contributors and our annual grant program, we:
- INSPIRE women to become leaders in philanthropy
- EDUCATE women and the community on current issues and philanthropic strategies
- EMPOWER women to strengthen our community from their unique giving perspective
Together, we can do so much more than we could ever do alone.
Contributors’ annual donations are used for immediate grants as well as to increase the WLF’s permanent endowment fund. Annual Contributors choose the focus of the annual grants, which so far have included literacy, violence prevention, mental health, mentorship, STEM education and homelessness.
Grants to local non-profit organizations are selected by the WLF’s Grants Committee and funded by both annual contributions and income from the endowment fund.
The endowed funds are segregated but invested with other Community Foundation assets and are managed by SEI, the Foundation’s national investment manager. The assets are overseen by the Finance Committee of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation board of trustees.