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To build a permanent endowment to support programs and projects of local organizations that address the issues and needs of women and girls.

WLF 2014 Grant Applications are now being accepted!

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Deadline for submission is 5:00 p.m. on May 30, 2014


SLO Focus on Women or Women And Girls (PDF flyer)

Thank you to our 2012 Impact Grant Donors!


Women's Legacy Fund

About the Women's Legacy Fund

Established in 2003, the Women’s Legacy Fund is a permanent endowment held at The Community Foundation of San Luis Obispo County. It is the only endowment fund in the County which targets the needs of women and girls alone. Only the earnings will be spent each year, allowing the Legacy to contribute to the community over time.

In just a short amount of time, the Women’s Legacy Fund has been embraced by the community with support from more than 250 Legacy Leaders contributing more than $1,000 to the fund. Each Legacy Leader has a voice in determining the focus of grants that are distributed each year.

Diamond Circle

To proudly celebrate our 10th anniversary, we created the Diamond Circle to recognize Legacy Leaders who have cumulatively donated (or pledged to donate) $10,000 or more to the Women's Legacy Fund.

We are excited to announce these founding members of the Diamond Circle:

  • Libbie Agran
  • Lyn Baker
  • Barbara Bell
  • Nancy Bruno
  • Marty Claus
  • Ann Freeman Endowment
  • Nella Girolo
  • iii Design
  • Carol Kiessig
  • Lisa Kilburn Maino
  • Coleen Mattison
  • Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Susan Polk
  • Ann Robinson
  • Mary Verdin
  • Tricia Volk

Please join us in thanking them for their generosity, leadership and support as the Women's Legacy Fund continues to make a meaningful difference in the lives of women and girls in San Luis Obispo County.

Diamond Circle members will be recognized permanently on our website and in printed materials. Those who joined at any time in 2012 are recognized as “founding members.”

To learn more about joining the Diamond Circle, please contact Janice Fong Wolf, 543-2323.

Why a Women's Legacy Fund?

In addition to compelling data both nationwide as well as in California, the need for a fund in San Luis Obispo County focusing on the needs of women is apparent. Funds raised locally address issues such as these:

  • In 2008, 110 women in SLO County entered domestic violence shelters, bringing with them 159 children. Women’s Shelter Agencies in South and North County, 2008.
  • There are over 23,159 children ages 0-13 in SLO County with parents in the labor force, and only an estimated 8,176 number of licensed child care slots. The California Child Care Portfolio, 2007.
  • In 2008, 37% of homeless people in San Luis Obispo County were female and an additional 33% were children or teenagers under the age of 21. Homeless Enumeration Study, 2009.
  • 91% of victims of rape and sexual assault are female. One in four women has been a victim of rape or attempted rape. Fast Facts, Sexual Assault Recovery & Prevention Center, 2008.
  • During 2008, a total of 217 babies were born to teenagers ages 12-19 in San Luis Obispo County. San Luis Obispo County Public Health Dept. 2009.
  • Of the teenagers who gave birth in 2008, 60% were Hispanic while 40% were Caucasian, withSan Luis Obispo County Public Health Dept. 2009.
  • Alcohol abuse among girls in our county is higher than the state average and higher than boys. 2006 ACTION for Healthy Communities Report.
  • 37% of local pregnant women used alcohol in the first trimester of pregnancy. 23% continued to use alcohol after being advised to quit. Beginnings of SLO County, Martha’s Place Children’s Assessment Center, 2009.

Advisory Committee

Mary Verdin - Chair, Linda Reitner Vice-Chair, Sharon Beko, Barbara Bell, Barbie Butz, Marty Claus, Barbara George, Nella Girolo,Dee Lacey, Missy Reitner-Cameron, Ann Robinson

Associate Members: Sandy Dunn, Jane Sinton, Patricia Wilmore

Founding 100 Legacy Leaders

  • AAUW – San Luis Obispo County Branches
  • AAUW of San Luis Obispo in honor of women and girls
  • Anonymous (4)
  • Georgie & Dave Arnold in memory of Chlora Mary Rust
  • Catherine Baker
  • Lyn Baker
  • Sharon Beko
  • Barbara Bell
  • William C. & Shirley Bianchi in memory of Martha Mendoza Johnston
  • Linda J. Booker Family Trust
  • Bonnie & Mac Brinton in honor of our daughters Nikki Brinton Jakins and Traci Hobbs Brinton
  • Wendy Brown
  • Nancy Bruno in memory of Antonina Meli
  • Karen Burish in memory of Rosella Burish
  • Barbie Butz
  • Patricia W. Cairns
  • Vicki Carroll in memory of Anna Paiarola
  • Christine Cary & Joel McCormick
  • Mary Alice Chisholm in honor of Julia O’Grady Pollard
  • Carlyn Christianson in memory of Marjorie Blaha
  • Lucia Vanderheyden Cleveland
  • Barbara Clutter & Betty Hesters
  • Claudia Collier in memory of Harold & Jeanne Collier
  • Carol Conway
  • Donna & Julian Crocker in honor of our daughters Kelly & Karen, and in memory of our mothers Mary & Mary Alene
  • Frances W. Davidson in memory of Ethel Simmons
  • Virginia deLaval
  • Alison & John Denlinger in memory of Aldena Madruga Silva
  • Nancy & Christina DePue
  • Pamela Dunlap in memory of Mary Fitch
  • Sandy & John Dunn in honor of our granddaughters: Olivia and Sophia Taylor & Jayme and Maya Dunn
  • Denise Uhles el-Effendi
  • Valerie Endres
  • Kathy T. & Bud Evans
  • Karen Flagg
  • Vanessa & Warren Fujimoto in honor of our daughters: Colette & Wendi Fujimoto & Stephenie Bivens
  • Stacy Gardiner in memory of Martha K. Smith
  • Beverly & Bryan Gingg
  • Patricia Gomez
  • In memory of Eleanor Bell Gottesman
  • Christina Hatch
  • Lisa A. Hogarty, Attorney at Law
  • Elizabeth Lamont Johnson in memory of Frances & Barstow Johnson
  • Gail Johnson
  • Grigger Jones in honor of my wife Alice I. Jones and daughters Carolyn A. Jones and Nancy S. Jones
  • Anne Keller in honor of Gene Keller & in memory of Milton Lampe
  • Lisa Kilburn
  • Dee Lacey
  • Liz Lee Sportswear
  • Linda Lewis
  • Noreen Martin
  • Liz Maruska in memory of her godmother
  • Coleen Mattison
  • Diane & Pat McKeague
  • Linda Powell-McMillan
  • Carol & Leo Michaud
  • In memory of Vivien C. Milburn
  • Mission Community Bank
  • No. Co. Women’s Power Lunch
  • Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Nanci Lynn Parker in honor of Royce Eldridge Parker
  • Barbara Partridge
  • Mike & DD Patrick in honor of their daughters Allison, Michelle and Elise, and in memory of Elaine Sloane
  • Peggy Peterson
  • M. Ilda Pruneda in memory of Donald W. Haynes
  • Leigh Ramirez
  • Linda & Barney Reitner
  • Kate Riggins
  • Michel Cam & Ann Robb
  • Ann Robinson
  • Dr. Marie E. Rosenwasser in memory of Diane Epstein
  • Rotary Club of Arroyo Grande
  • Celeste Royer
  • Betty Schetzer
  • Anne Sinsheimer
  • Carol Sinsheimer
  • Jane Sinton
  • Jim & Norma Sinton
  • Julie Sinton
  • Steve Sinton in honor of Norma Sinton
  • Elizabeth “Biz” Steinberg
  • Barbara & Alan Stevens
  • Pat & Steve Stevens
  • Toni Sullivan
  • Liz Wagner Summer in memory of my mom, Marie Wagner
  • Mary L. Talbot
  • Johnine Talley
  • Paula Topley in memory of Goldie Bensilhe
  • Su Tsao
  • Natalie Wall, Esq.
  • Susan & Helen Waterbury in memory of Brian Waterbury
  • Cindy Wittstrom
  • Cindy Wittstrom in memory of Grace E. Wittstrom
  • Loretta Wofford in honor of my mother, sister, daughter, daughter-in-law, granddaughters, great granddaughters and those women who will follow
  • Janice Fong Wolf
  • The Women Lawyers Association of San Luis Obispo County
  • Mrs. Penny H. Woods
  • Hilda Zacarias & family in memory of Jacob Zacarias

For more information about the Women's Legacy Fund, please contact Janice Fong Wolf at (805) 543-2323 or

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