Funding decisions are made by The Women’s Fund members through a two-step process involving a review panel and a full membership vote.
During September, a panel of seven TWF members, known as the Grant Review Panel (GRP), meets for up to 10 hours to evaluate grant applications. The proposals are assessed for how well each fits with our mission, as well as the feasibility of the budget and plan for implementation. As part of the review process, the GRP meets with key project leaders to obtain more in-depth information about the project and the organization and to address any questions.
The panel then votes on the final slate of proposals to be placed on the ballot and presented to the full TWF membership for a vote. Members can be confident that the proposals and the organizations have been fully vetted by the Grant Review Panel and that the panel is confident that the finalists will indeed deliver on the goal of creating a better future for women and children in our community.
In October, members receive written summaries of the proposals in an email ballot format, along with a short video featuring a representative from the organization highlighting the key elements and expected impact of the proposal. Only current members are eligible to vote. Members are given 7-10 days to review the ballot and cast their vote. Members may vote for only one project proposal.