What We Fund

Since our founding in 1991, we’ve given grants, food support and emergency funding to help hundreds of women, children and families in need in New Jersey. Through our grant partners, we’re building a network of care for all.

Women United in Philanthropy

Affordable Housing

We believe that access to safe affordable housing is critical to every woman’s ability to care for herself and her children. In 2019, WUIP members voted to help fund a housing specialist at Center for Hope and Safety in Englewood, to help women and their children escaping domestic violence take steps toward financial independence and housing stability. See their work at https://www.hopeandsafetynj.org/

A Living Wage

Women who struggle to earn a living wage cannot achieve economic independence. That’s why WUIP members voted in 2015 to partner with the YWCA of Northern New Jersey to launch the Moving Ahead—a job training and support program to help long-term unemployed women who reside in Bergen County return to the workforce. Learn more at https://ywcannj.org/womens-empowerment/

Economic Security

Financial literacy plays a crucial role in empowering senior women to make informed decisions about their financial well-being. In 2022, WUIP granted The Brightside Family–an organization helping low-and-moderate income seniors in Bergen County with affordable housing, assisted living, and support services that respond to their changing needs—its collective grant to launch Secure Futures for Senior Women, a financial literacy program aimed at helping low income senior women navigate their retirement finances. See their work at https://www.thebrightsidefamily.org/sfsw  

Action Against Hunger

Stocking Pantries

As the cost of food rises, so does the number of families seeking assistance. Today, over 650,000 people in New Jersey struggle with food insecurity. To help our neighbors put food on the table during times of financial hardship, we are proud to be a supporter of the Center for Food Action. Their six food pantries serve an average of 1,000 households per week. Learn more at https://www.cfanj.org/

Food Security

We believe that community-driven initiatives are key to addressing the root causes of hunger in New Jersey. That is why we have partnered with Meeting Emergency Needs with Dignity (MEND). As a hunger relief network, they are expanding food infrastructure through their network of over 20 pantries in Essex County. Learn more about their work at https://mendnj.org/about/

Feeding families

Access to fresh and nutritious food is critical to maintaining health for low-income families and seniors. Yet over 30,000 people in Morris County are food-insecure. To meet these needs, we have partnered with Interfaith Food Pantry Network for over 10 years to provide nutritious food to the residents who need it most in Morris County. See their work at https://www.mcifp.org/

The Compassion Fund

Disaster Response

During times of crisis, we quickly mobilize our resources to provide aid and assistance. During the COVID-19 crisis, we provided emergency aid to Holy Name Medical Center Foundation to support the doctors, nurses, and care staff on the frontlines of the pandemic response. Learn more about their COVID response at https://www.holyname.org/Foundation/index.aspx

Emerging Needs

As community needs evolve, we remain committed to funding innovative solutions to complex issues. In 2019, we granted Women’s Rights Information Center – an organization that advances women’s self-sufficiency, career advancement and emotional well-being through training and support services – funding to meet the emerging needs of women. This support helped to expand victim advocacy services and promote women’s economic empowerment. See their work at https://www.womensrights.org/services-overview

Community Crisis

Many people within New Jersey struggle to meet their basic needs for food, shelter, housing, and employment. Without support, these hardships lead to financial instability, homelessness, debt accrual and declining physical and mental health. To address everyday community needs, in 2018 we awarded Bergen Family Center with a grant to support their work serving the needs of families, children, adolescents, and seniors in Bergen County. Learn more at http://bergenfamilycenter.org/

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