About the WHF Foundation

The WHF Foundation is comprised of members of Women in Housing & Finance, Inc., an organization of professionals in the fields of housing and finance, who dedicate their resources and knowledge to help women and their families in the Washington, DC metropolitan area by providing charitable services and educational activities primarily in the fields of housing and finance.

In September 1997, WHF launched the WHF Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to:

  • Develop personal finance counseling programs to enhance the financial literacy of low-income women or other at-risk individuals;
  • Provide partnership grants to organizations that provide services to women and their families in the Washington, DC area; and
  • Create a scholarship program for women students interested in the fields of housing and finance.

Since its inception in 1997, WHF Foundation has contributed over $550,000 to local organizations through more than 125 grants, conducted more than 230 financial literacy sessions and provided $18,000 in student scholarships.

Recent WHF Foundation Events

October 27, 2016 - Brown Bag Lunch: Retirement Saving for Women


  • Stacy Canan, Office for Older Americans, CFPB
  • Lara Hinz, Director of Programs, WISER (Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement)
  • Carol Lambert, Bureau of the Fiscal Service
  • Ann Estes, National Foundation for Credit Counseling
Moderator: Mary Martha Fortney, WHF Foundation President

Click here for a review of this event. 

Click here for Ann Estes' presentation. 

Click here for Lara Hinz's presentation. 

Click here for Carol Lambert
's presentation. 

May 16, 2016 - Brown Bag Lunch: Soptlight on Financial Issues Facing U.S. Military Veterans 


  • Ann Estes, Vice President, National Foundation for Credit Counseling 
  • W. G. "Bud" Schneeweis (USCG), Directory of Military Financial Readiness Project, FINRA Educational Foundation 
  • Cory L. Hixon (USMC), Financial Advisor, Edward Jones 
Click here to read The Georgetown Dish's coverage of the event. 

May 10, 2016 - Tribute Reception for Mary Kinney and Debbie Matz
Hosted by Quicken Loans 


  • Mary Kinney, former Executive Vice President, Ginnie Mae
  • Deborah Matz, former Chairman, NCUA 
  • Mary Martha Fortney, WHF Foundation President
  • Shawn Krause, Quicken Loans 

March 30, 2016 - WHF Foundation Brown Bag Lunch: Student Loan Debt

Mike Pierce, Acting Deputy Assistant Director and Senior Advisor to the CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman
Wendy Bhagat, Director of Awareness & Outreach Group, Federal Student Aid (FSA)
Gary Mottola, Research Director, FINRA Investor Education Foundation

Click here for a review of this event. 

October 16, 2015 - WHF 35th Anniversary Gala: Looking Back, Moving Forward

Many Thanks to Our Generous Sponsors! 
Cocktail Reception Sponsor: Quicken Loans 

Platinum Circle: 
JP Morgan Chase and Co. 
Quicken Loans 

Gold Circle: 
BuckleySandler LLP
Courtney Vaughan LLC
Make Room 

Silver Circle: 
BNY Mellon
The Finanacial Services Roundtable 

Bronze Circle: 
Institute of International Bankers 
Jones Day
PriceWaterhouse Coopers
US Bank 
Venable LLP

Diamond Circle: 
Karen Bellesi
Diane Casey-Landry and Brock Landry
Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta
Mary Martha and Ken Fortney
WHF Past Presidents 
Leslie Woolley and Doyle Bartlett

Emerald Circle: 
Morrison and Foerster LLP
Synergy Home Sales 

Friend Circle: 
Toni Bellissimo
Michele McNamara
Alison Watson
Frances Wrocklage

Past Highlights

  • WHF's 30th anniversary dinner raised over $18,000 for the WHF Foundation.
  • To commemorate the WHF Foundation 10th anniversary, 10th Anniversary Expo and Celebration of Financial Literacy was held on September 16, 2008.  The event honored the co-chairs of the Congressional Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus and raised $26,000 for the WHF Foundation.
  • In April 2008, WHF and the WHF Foundation welcomed personal finance expert Jean Chatzky to an evening reception with our members. Jean Chatzky, award-winning journalist, best-selling author and motivational speaker has created a global platform that is making significant strides in helping millions of men and women battle an epidemic with a devastating impact — debt. Jean is the financial editor for the NBC Today Show, a contributing editor for Money magazine, a columnist for The New York Daily News, a contributor to The Oprah Winfrey Show and a featured money coach on Oprah's "Debt Diet" series. She also hosts a daily show on the Oprah & Friends channel.
  • Fundraising reception saluting Chairman Oxley on October 3, 2006, raised more than $35,000 to support our partnership grants program.
  • WHF's 25 year anniversary dinner raised over $ 48,000 for the WHF Foundation.
  • Other events included: a book event and signing with author Margaret George, evening wine tastings, and a“non-event” campaign effort.
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