* Science – Jan. 27, 2017:Vol. 355, Issue 6323, pp. 389-391Gender Stereotypes About Intellectual Ability Emerge Early and Influence Children’s Interests – Authors: Lin Bian, Sarah-Jane Leslie, Andrei Cimpian

Grant Applications

Together we can

Women & Girls Development Fund Mission

Grants through the Women & Girls Development Fund (WGDF) support non-profit organizations in San Antonio that are focused on leadership development for women and girls in our community. Through the fund, the objective is to empower women and girls to find the confidence they need to become leaders. It is important that we prioritize the sustainability of these important non-profit organizations. We must help promote a broader concept of leadership. We believe that leadership free of gender bias with a foundation of empowerment is crucial in order to lead others.

Please consider joining our 365 Circle by contributing
$1 a day ($365 per year). This will allow us to meet our fundraising goals for the year, and support organizations focused on leadership development for women and girls in San Antonio.

Making A Difference

2021 Recipient Girls Empowerment Network
2021 Recipient Girls Empowerment Network
2019 Recipient Communities in Schools - San Antonio
2019 Recipient Communities in Schools - San Antonio
2019 Recipient Crosspoint, Inc.
2019 Recipient Crosspoint, Inc.
2018 Recipient Visitation Home Ministries
2018 Recipient Visitation Home Ministries
2018 Recipient YWCA
2018 Recipient YWCA
2018 Recipient Girls Inc.
2018 Recipient Girls Inc.

The Women & Girls Development Fund (WGDF) is a community outreach fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation that promotes philanthropy and supports non-profit organizations serving women and girls in the San Antonio area through leadership development programs. Since 2012, WGDF has distributed more than $200,000 to charitable programs. The WGDF receives administrative support from the Area Foundation and all grant decisions are made by the fund through their designated representatives.

Uniting Women FOR Women and Girls in Our Community.

The Women & Girls Development Fund builds a community of women who create positive change through philanthropy. Dedicated volunteers are engaged in fund development and the strategic direction of the WGDF.

Steering Committee

Erika Borrego
San Antonio Food Bank, Chief Operating Officer

Tessa Benavides-Cooper
Charles Butt Foundation, Communications & Community Director

Kelli Cubeta
Cubeta Law Group, Partner

Andrea Figueroa
Empower House, Executive Director

Monica Garza
H-E-B, Wellness Sales Leader

Laura Hotten
talkStrategy, Chief Creative Officer and Chief Digital Officer

Erin Huddleston
Notely, Vice President of Growth& Partnerships

Jamie Kowalski
The RK Group, Vice President of Corporate Relations

Johnette Lee
San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind, Vice President of Sales

Beverly McClure
Co-Chair of WGDF Grant Review

Celina Montoya
Calm Mediation, Mediator & Arbitrator

Angie Salinas
Girls Scouts of Southwest Texas, CEO

Anamaria Suescun-Fast
talkStrategy, CEO

Yorka Velasco
Keurig Dr Pepper, National Field Sales Manager

From Our Blog

Women & Girls Development Fund: Turning Fires into Beacons of Light

Why We Support the Women & Girls Development Fund Former Governor Ann Richards famously said, “I’ve been tested by fire and the fire lost.” In my prior job, I served as a speaker and sponsor for a professional network that supported women in their career development. The program focused on enhancing leadership skills and creating ...
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