About the WHF Foundation

WHF Foundation’s Mission:

  • Provide WHF members opportunities for community service;
  • Foster education for low-income students, particularly women, in housing and finance;
  • Promote personal finance particularly to low-income consumers;
  • Provide information and technical assistance to promote economic opportunities for low-income and underprivileged individuals; and
  • Support charitable and educational efforts of community nonprofits, especially career development and housing for homeless and underprivileged.

The WHF Foundation executes its mission through

Financial Empowerment for Women Initiatives

In addition to direct financial grants to its six non-profit partners and the Trinity Washington University scholarship, the WHF Foundation executes its mission through key initiatives. These include:

  • Changepurse Strategy
  • Operation HOPE Partnership
  • Financial Education Series (Brown Bag Lunches) offered in 3 areas:
    • Student Loan Debt
    • Retirement Savings for Women
    • Debt for People in the Military

The Changepurse Strategy:  An Action Plan for Money and Life, a unique program developed by the WHF Foundation to help individuals create a healthy consciousness around money that supports and expands their lives.  This basic 8-week session course is designed to

  • Empower participants to begin to establish or improve financial security for stability, good health, and contentment. 
  • Focuses on discussions with women rather than modules teaching.
  • Has found that individuals prefer a learning community with whom they can interact and discuss questions and issues.

WHF volunteers facilitate Changepurse sessions at Calvary Women's Services in DC and Good Shepherd Housing in VA.

The Financial Education series, offered free to WHF members and its non-profit partners, are held as lunch-time seminars/webinars with experts from the WHF membership and the particular field to enhance learning and disseminate the most up-to-date information and data. WHFF also posts PowerPoints and educational materials on its website following the event.

The Foundation's current partners include the following:

  • Bridges to Independence (Va.) --provides transitional housing and support services to homeless families and women in Arlington County and the City of Alexandria https://bridges2.org/
  • Calvary Women's Services (DC) --provides comprehensive support services and housing for homeless women in Washington, DC https://www.calvaryservices.org/
  • Doorways for Women and Families (Va.) --one of Doorways' programs is its Financial Independence Track, which provides one-on-one financial literacy education to 70-90 people per year https://www.doorwaysva.org/
  • Good Shepherd Housing & Family Services (Va.) --programs include financial literacy for homeless and formerly homeless families in Alexandria, Va. http://www.goodhousing.org/
  • Interfaith Works (Md.) --provides a broad array of social services and advocacy programs, such as the Job Readiness Course, which includes financial literacy, computer instruction, and GED workshops for homeless adults http://www.iworksmc.org/
  • Open Arms Housing (DC) --helps homeless women with mental illness obtain secure, permanent housing tailored to their needs http://www.openarmshousing.org/
  • Trinity Washington University (DC) --as the only women's college in Washington, DC, Trinity believes in empowering women; it believes in shattering glass ceilings http://www.trinitydc.edu/
  • Operation HOPE (DC) --  the leading global provider of financial dignity educaiton and economic empowerment programs for low-income or moderate-income youth, individuals, and families in underserved communities https://www.operationhope.org/

 

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