Orange County United Way’s Women’s Philanthropy Fund (WPF) members work to empower women and children to realize their full potential, to break the cycle of poverty and create generational change. Since its founding in 2002, WPF members have collectively raised more than $35 million from member contributions, events like its renowned Women’s Philanthropic Fund Breakfast and activities that in turn invest in local programs and services. The 100+ members allocate a portion of their annual contributions of $10,000 or more to support programs that focus on self-sufficiency for women and children and lead community efforts around advocacy, collaboration and education on the major issues impacting the county. They are passionate about their work, whether it be volunteering at a food pantry, reading aloud to children at a low-income community school, advocating for policy reform at the state and national level, or funding grants to support life-changing programs in the community. Their grants fund programs and services that give children a strong start, empower youth to become successful and their families achieve self-sufficiency.

“As founding chair of the Women’s Philanthropy Fund, it’s gratifying to see so many caring and influential business and civic leaders, non-profit executives and volunteers support our efforts. The WPF’s continued commitment is to help unite OC and rally the community around vital initiatives that empower local women and children.” Sue Parks, Women’s Philanthropy Fund of Orange County United Way Founder and President/CEO Orange County United Way