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Women's Legacy Fund

Women's Legacy FundThe 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

How we operate

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, 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.

WLF ANGELSThe WLF hosts bi-annual luncheons. The spring luncheon is for Contributors only where the group can have lively conversations around the broad cause areas chosen by the WLF grants committee. A group of facilitators is divided among the lunch tables to lead a deeper dive into each of the cause areas for round table discussions. All contributors are invited to vote for the cause area for the year after the spring luncheon. Then, the grants committee works with the foundation which calls in area non-profit organizations within the final selected cause area to present their idea for the funding available to address or help to solve a regional issue.

The fall luncheon is for WLF Contributors and guests. The grant check is presented to the grantee non-profit organization, and the group learns more about the goals of the program being funded that year. New WLF Angels are also given their halo at the fall luncheon.

At these events, women come together to network, and learn about the impact of their past contributions in the community.

The endowed funds are segregated but invested with other Community Foundation assets (currently over $80 million) and are managed by SEI, the national investment manager. The assets are overseen by the Finance Committee of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation board of trustees.

The Community Foundation Advantage

The Women's Legacy Fund is a fund of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation. The Southwest Florida Community Foundation has hundreds of funds that were established by donors who wanted to ensure that their money was well managed and carefully invested, and that it would grow in perpetuity, and provide the most money available for grants. The Community Foundation has been serving Southwest Florida communities since 1976, and is governed by a board of trustees that is comprised of knowledgeable and well-respected community professionals. Former trustees who have chosen to be senior advisors also participate in leading the Community Foundation. The board of trustees oversees the Community Foundation’s operations through several committees, including audit, finance, grant making, and governance.

Becoming a Contributor

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Your contributions are a catalyst for change, now and later. Women may join the WLF at any time of year. We have three annual contribution levels:

  • Contributor = $250

  • Patron (25 years or younger) = $100

  • Prima Donor = $10,000 or more; considered to be a lifetime annual contributor

One half of all contributions (with the exception of any contributions specifically made for administrative or extraordinary expenses) will be pooled for the purpose of immediate annual grants; the second half will be pooled into the WLF's endowment fund, which provides additional grants to be made both now and in years to come.

Join Us

If you are interested in making a difference in Southwest Florida through the Women's Legacy Fund, download our pdfWLFContributorForm2014.pdf, read it over, and send it in.

Be An Angel Maker: An honor that will last forever...

The WLF Angel program is a fundraising initiative unique to the WLF. Donors who would like to honor or memorialize a friend, relative, neighbor, or influential woman in their life contribute a minimum of $1,000 to designate her as a “WLF Angel.” Angels are publicly honored at WLF luncheons and are inducted into the “Hall of Angels” on the WLF website. 100% of WLF Angel contributions are placed in the endowed fund so they can provide future grants in perpetuity.

For More Information

Even with all of this online information, you might still have a few questions and we would love to answer them for you. Just call the Southwest Florida Community Foundation at 239-274-5900 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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