Women in Philanthropy


Women in Philanthropy
Local Women Helping Local Foster Youth

United Way’s Women in Philanthropy is a group of local women dedicated to ensuring foster youth throughout our community are prepared for and successful in their futures. Members teach foster youth to manage their finances, lead life skills workshops, and make holiday seasons special by providing gifts and necessities. Dynamic and powerful, Women in Philanthropy members act as positive role models and essential advocates for the foster youth throughout the community.

This dynamic group is one of 120 United Way women’s groups nationwide and brings women together to foster the future, preparing foster youth for a successful adulthood. With more than 50,000 members across the country, United Way women’s groups have raised $700 million since 2001 and are expected to reach $1 billion this year.

For more information on Women in Philanthropy, contact wip@uwccr.org.


Women in Philanthropy Members Celebrate Another Successful Year
Annual WIP Members' Celebration

United Way’s Women in Philanthropy is a group of local women dedicated to ensuring foster youth throughout our community are prepared for and successful in their futures. This month, Women in Philanthropy members celebrated the program’s accomplishments while recognizing new and current members at their annual members celebration.

This year alone, Women in Philanthropy raised over $115,000. To date, they have raised $1.8 million to support local foster youth!
Success Story

Women in Philanthropy spring drive breaks records
Hundreds of towels, toiletries, luggage collected for foster youth

United Way’s Women in Philanthropy spring event was quite the success! Our Women in Philanthropy members and community donated 497 towel sets (one bath towel, hand towel and wash cloth), 92 pieces of luggage, and hundreds of toiletries for local foster youth preparing to emancipate from the system – a new record for this drive. Last year, the group collected 253 towel sets and 48 pieces of luggage.

The towels and toiletries will be included in baskets that Sacramento County prepares as part of its Foster Youth Emancipation Basket program. The donated luggage is given to foster youth in United Way’s financial stability initiative that is working to ensure more households in the region, including foster youth living on their own, are financially literate and able to save for the future.

VIDEO: Helping prepare foster youth for successful futures

VIDEO: Helping prepare foster youth for successful futures
See why and how Women in Philanthropy is supporting local foster teens

At the recent Women in Philanthropy Luncheon, we unveiled a video that illustrates the struggles foster youth go through as they approach adulthood and what United Way is doing to change the lives for these local teens. As you’ll see in the video, with your support, we CAN positively affect the outcomes for hundreds of youth in our region.

A special thank you to Ranch Creative Services and one of our program partners, Koinonia Homes for Teens where the video was filmed.

Speaker and former foster youth, Jacque Adams

Thank you for supporting foster youth!
Annual Women in Philanthropy Luncheon raised spirits and dollars

Wow! Thank you to our members and guests for contributing to another successful Women in Philanthropy Luncheon! It was truly rewarding to see a room filled with women and men who support United Way’s work, ensuring foster youth have successful futures, and to see foster youth in our programs shine as they gained confidence taking part in the fashion show.

Because of your passion and commitment, we raised $41,857 that will have an impact on these teens’ lives for years to come, and we also welcomed several new members to Women in Philanthropy.

We are excited for the year ahead as United Way aims to help more foster youth bloom. With your continued support, we’ll get there!


Did You Know?
The sobering reality of "aging out"

California leads the country with the number of children in the child welfare system, with 55,000 children in care. That’s one in seven children statewide. Annually, about 4,000 of these youth officially “age out” when they reach 18-20 years of age. Without any support, former foster youth face a troubled future:


Become a Member

United Way’s Women in Philanthropy makes a meaningful difference in our community. Women in Philanthropy members are key investors in United Way’s foster youth work, which focuses on supporting foster teens as they transition out of the care system and into life on their own. Benefits of this powerful group include volunteer experiences, networking events, opportunities to shape the future of local foster teens, and more.

Success Story

Marina from Koinonia Homes for Teens

Marina learned the hard way that the old saying is true: Sometimes you can’t go home. Marina’s childhood was marked by addiction – her parents’ addiction and her own. Fortunately, her probation officer saw her perseverance and determination and sent her to Koinonia Homes for Teens.

As a foster youth at Koinonia, Marina turned her life around, due in part to Koinonia’s participation in United Way’s financial stability initiative, which includes our $en$e-Ability project that helps foster youth become financially literate and build savings accounts for when they move out on their own.