Women's Fund


Our Mission

  • To provide a permanently endowed funding source to non-profit agencies serving the needs of women and girls in Rock County.
  • To provide hands-on grant-making and leadership experiences through volunteer opportunities for Fund donors.

The Women’s Fund seeks to reflect the population it serves in its make-up of donors and volunteers. Donors who wish to participate in  activities will be encouraged to do so regardless of their political views, sexual orientation, race, age, economic status, political or religious views.

How does the Women’s Fund work?

The Women’s Fund is a component of the Community Foundation. The Advisory Board is comprised of community volunteers and Community Foundation staff. The Advisory Board raises money for the endowment as well as recommends grants from the Women’s Fund in support of priorities they set related to the current needs of women and girls in Rock County Wisconsin. Are you interested in serving on the Advisory Board? Call Jane Maldonis at 608.758.0883.

In 2007, a Task Force of the Women’s Fund  developed the Status of Women in Rock County report to include basic demographics, employment and earnings, social and economic autonomy, health and well-being.

Why women and girls? Why not a fund for women and children? Or women and families?

Forty years of research shows that social investments in women reduce poverty, raise productivity and accelerate economic growth. Encouraging women to build on their strengths increases self-worth. In addition, a higher level of self-esteem is passed along to future generations.

Investing in girls yields even higher returns in terms of the effect on women’s wages, the decisions better educated women make about having children, and their capacity to raise healthy, educated children who go on to make good wages, choose smaller family size and invest in their own children.

Support for women and girls ultimately benefits men and boys, too. By strengthening and enabling women, we can break the cycle of poverty in our community.


How can I contribute to the Women’s Fund?

Send your check to:

The Women’s Fund
c/o The Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin
26 South Jackson St.
Janesville, WI 53548

Or make an online donation. If you would like to contribute appreciated stock or other property please call us at 608-758-0883 or 800-995-2379.


Recent Grant Awards

Since 2016, the Women’s Fund has made behavioral health of Rock County women and
girls our top priority. The 2018 grant recipients are:

Edgerton Community Outreach-YES! Rock County has the highest rate of Adverse
Childhood Experiences (ACES) of any county in Wisconsin. Research has demonstrated
that ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) have a harmful effect on health and well being
throughout a lifetime. At over 23%, poverty in young children is higher in Rock County than the
national average. In a recent survey of child care providers, state wide, 52% have responded
that they have seen childhood expulsion over the last 2 years, related to challenging behaviors.
All of these data suggest that children in Rock County are at very high stress levels, and need
educational opportunities to learn coping skills as soon as possible in their young lives. YES!
program provides methods for both mental health prevention and intervention.

CASA of Rock County Protecting the rights and safety of abused and neglected children is
one of society’s most fundamental obligations and is a crucial component of a healthy
community. Children that are removed from their homes have already been subject to abuse
or neglect, as well as the trauma of the removal from their parents. Empirical evidence and
statistical analysis confirm CASAs positively impact the lives of children in the child welfare
system. No child placed in an overburdened “system” should be without a CASA by their side;
especially young girls who have significant mental health challenges.

HealthNet of Rock County  provides addiction screenings for as many as 300 uninsured low income women in Rock County. Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) screenings will be part of HealthNet’s Women’s Clinic beginning in January 2019 and will be used to help identify women who may be suffering from addiction. The SBIRT evaluation will help identify women who need intervention and treatment in order to be better for themselves and their families. Services provided will help low income and uninsured women throughout Rock County, Wisconsin.

The Micah Project helps women transition from treatment to community living.
This grant helps residents of the Micah Project House, but also their families, employers, and
friends who have been, and continue to be, impacted by their addiction. Successful recovery,
improved emotional regulation, and life skills will positively impact all of the people in the
personal and extended networks of individuals with substance use disorders.