August 30, 2011
WHF Foundation Announces Partnership Grants and Donations to Local Non-Profits Alexandria, VA – The WHF Foundation is pleased to announce the award of its 2011 Partnership Grants to seven non-profit organizations serving metro-Washington D.C. communities in need: Calvary Women's Services, Doorways for Women and Families, Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services, Inc., Interfaith Works, Mi Casa, Inc., Polaris Project, and Open Arms Housing. All of the grant recipients were also awarded Partnership Grants in the spring of 2010.
“Thanks to the generosity of Women in Housing and Finance, its members, foundations and sponsors, the WHF Foundation has been able to renew its support for these very worthwhile organizations,” said WHF Foundation President Lisa Andrews. “Our Partnership Grant recipients have demonstrated their success in advancing the financial empowerment of lowincome and disadvantaged women and families through their comprehensive housing, financial literacy and/or job readiness programs. WHF Foundation’s grant of $2,500 will strengthen each of these non-profits’ ability to help struggling women and families gain the skills they need to attain economic independence.”
“It is such a pleasure to work with WHF and to feel such support as our organization expands its services to help homeless women achieve self-sufficiency and live in homes of their own," said Kris Thompson, Executive Director of Calvary Women’s Services, one of the grant recipients.
The WHF Foundation has also developed partnerships with several local area non-profits to provide volunteers in financial literacy, tutoring, and personal finance counseling. Announcing its first gift to these organizations, the WHF Foundation is donating $1,000 each to Operation Hope, For Love of Children (FLOC), and United Community Ministries.
The WHF Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization comprised of members of Women in Housing & Finance, Inc. (WHF) – 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. The WHF Foundation focuses on developing personal counseling programs to enhance the financial literacy of low-income women or other at-risk individuals, and awards grants to organizations that provide services to women and their families in the Washington, DC area. In addition, the WHF Foundation has created a scholarship program for women students interested in the fields of housing and finance. Since its inception in 1997, the WHF Foundation has contributed over $550,000 to
local organizations through more than 100 grants, conducted more than 230 financial literacy sessions, and provided scholarships of $5,000 to women.
More information on WHF, the WHF Foundation and its non-profit partners can be found at www.whfdc.org.