The Women's Fund Miami-Dade

Women Strong. World Strong.

aka The Women's Fund Miami-Dade   |   Miami, FL   |


We create positive change for women and girls through grant making, advocacy, research, and leveraging collective impact.

Notes from the nonprofit

OUR 2021 ACCOMPLISHMENTS: • Implemented two new programs: Research and the relaunch of Grantmaking. • Expanded our board with a focus on diversity and inclusion. • Created three new committees: Research, Grantmaking, and Legislative & Advocacy. • Reviewed and applied best practices in Governance. • Formed our new Impact Agents Volunteer Corps. • Developed our Theory of Change to determine how we can create the largest impact and change within our community. • Implemented new revenue streams and created our Grand Mission fundraising campaign. • Created a Team Culture Code to enhance organizational culture.

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Executive Director

Ms. Marya Meyer

Main address

3109 Grand Avenue #176

Miami, FL 33133 USA

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NTEE code info

Women's Rights (R24)

Public Foundations (T30)

Leadership Development (W70)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Women's Fund Miami-Dade aims to add a gender lens to the issues affecting women and girls in our community, to ensure that the solutions put forward focus on women's unique needs, perspectives and experiences. Through advocacy, investment, and research, we aim to find collaborative solutions to issues surrounding our four main pillars: Freedom From Violence, Health and Well-Being, Economic Mobility, and Leadership.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Stop Sex Trafficking Awareness Campaign

A collaborative partnership among The Women's Fund and other entities working to end trafficking in our community by creating common messaging and identifying services and gaps. Our goal is to have no organization working in a silo and to find a way to collectively address this issue in our community.

Population(s) Served

Monthly forums to discuss issues and potential solutions related to women and girls aorund our four pillars: Freedom From Violence, Economic Mobility, Health and Well-Being and Leadership.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade is committed to making grants that support solutions to critical challenges facing women and girls here at home. Historically, the organization provided grants in the range of $3,000 – $5,000 to community-based organizations. Grants were used for start-ups, seed funding, and initiatives to help leverage significant additional investments. Once organizations received a grant, they were convened to form a coalition around the issues and populations served by their nonprofit. In 2016, the organization’s focus shifted exclusively to advocacy efforts and paused grantmaking. 2019 brought not only COVID, but attracted a renewed and expanded cohort of leaders to the Board of Directors who engaged in-depth strategic planning. These leaders set a goal to return to transformative grantmaking in 2021.
And we delivered. Guided by our Four Pillars and The Women’s Fund Gender Equity Dashboard, grantmaking was relaunched with an RFP in November 2021.

Population(s) Served

The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade (WFMD) is committed to addressing the most pressing issues affecting women and girls in Miami. This includes working to correct gender inequality in pay, leadership positions, education, and healthcare. Now, with WFMD’s research initiative, it also includes correcting inequity in data.

Simply put, there isn’t enough data collected on the status of women and girls in our community. And when data doesn’t have a gender lens, it makes women and girls invisible. In fact, gender data inequality is such a significant problem that the United Nations has flagged it as a major hurdle to achieving gender equality throughout the world.

The Women’s Fund works every day to resolve issues and create positive change in the lives of women and girls. To do this, we need to capture the right data and close the data gaps where they exist. Melinda Gates described it best when she said “We can’t close the gender gap we all aspire to close unless we first close the data gap.”

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Beacon Council's Business Climate and Policy award for Equal Pay public awareness campaign 2019

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

With a vision of a world where power and possibility are not limited by gender, our goal is to create awareness of the issues affecting women and girls in Miami-Dade County, advocate to find collaborative solutions, and invest in localized research that can inform policy and community-driven solutions.

As Miami's village square for those seeking to create collaborative solutions to the issues affecting women and gilrs, The Women's Fund develops partnerships and collaborations with service providers, government agencies, law enforecement, private sector and individuals, to create research-driven solutions.

Through massive public awareness campaigns, we educate the public on issues affecting women and girls, while providing those in need with the numbers and resources they need to seek help and services.

For the past three decades, The Women's Fund has convened and catalyzed into action a large community of philanthropists and community organizations, making us the central plaza for those seeking to create change for women and girls.

We have mobilized millions of dollars in resources and programs, and are now embarking on a new phase that includes research-driven data collection on women's issues. Our board member, Dr. Maria Ilcheva, is a senior researcher and Assistant Director of Planning and Operations at Florida International University's Jorge Perez Metropolitan Center, and the leading researcher for the County Board of Commissioners annual Status of Women in Miami-Dade County report. With her guidance and expertise, we are developing research projects around issues like equal pay, girls' leadership and climate-related health issues affecting pregnant women, among others.

In 2020 alone, our outdoor public awareness campaigns have been viewed more than 30 million times. Our quick response to the rise in domestic violence due to COVID-19 through our Domestic Violence in Times of COVID-19 campaign helped to exponentially increase calls to the County's domestic violence helpline, which had seen a decline in calls at the start of the pandemic.

Our monthly Impact Collaborative forums bring together experts, tools and solutions on topics including, "Human Trafficking, Cyber Security and COVID-19," "Economic Recovery After COVID-19, Gender-Inclusive Solutions," and "Domestic, Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence in Times of COVID."

Over 3 decades, The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade has worked to improve the lives of women and girls by providing almost $4 million of funding to support almost 500 programs serving over 75,000 women and girls throughout Miami-Dade County. Moving forward, we will focus on creating change for women and girls through action, advocacy, and investing in research-driven initiatives that generate sustainable impact in four pillars of economic mobility, leadership, health & well-being, and freedom from violence.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The Women’s Fund Miami Dade's mission is to build a Miami-Dade where women and girls can rise to leadership, achieve equal opportunity, can access equitable health care, and are free from violence. We are doing so through grantmaking, advocacy, research, and leveraging collective impact.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Polls during our monthly Impact Collaborative Events. ,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In '21-'22, we resumed grantmaking after a 5-year hiatus. The WFMD is guaranteeing while fundraising $200k and establishing a diversely talented Grantmaking Committee to design, develop and implement grantmaking strategy, process and plan to deploy these funds aligned with our mission and goals. The inaugural grantmaking cycle started midway through the pandemic, which revealed the many economic, health and family security, and safety burdens that disproportionately fall on women. After deep-dive research, the recommendation was that the best use of the funds available was to direct them to community-based efforts that offer and contribute to lasting solutions to the financial sustainability problems of the childcare system in Miami-Dade as a strategy to advance women’s economic mobility.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    The crises in childcare rooted in labor issues rose to the fore in Grant Committee discussions as a broken system with a direct impact on women, and especially, women of color who both represented the bulk of the childcare workforce and center ownership as well as the “primary consumer” in search of quality and affordable childcare for their children. We are responding with urgency to problems exacerbated by the pandemic, which has revealed many systemic issues that disproportionately affect women and their economic security and well-being. Among these is an inadequately supported childcare and early education system (Childcare System) that remains unaffordable to many. Both the women who work in the childcare sector and the women who rely on it so they can go to work themselves.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,


The Women's Fund Miami-Dade

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The Women's Fund Miami-Dade

Board of directors
as of 11/15/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Arathi Ramappa

Arathi Concepts

Term: 2022 - 2023

Joy McKenna

Research Management Corporation

Shelley Jacoby

All-in-One Direct Marketing

Adele Valencia

City of Miami

Adrienne Messing

Denise Calle

Diaz Trade Law

Ivon Mesa

Miami Dade County Violence Prevention and Intervention Division & Family and Community Division

Joan Godoy

Radical Partners

Maria Ilcheva

Florida International University

Arathi Ramappa

Executive and Spiritual Life Coach Arathi Concepts, LLC

Alexandra Cornelius


Ann Machado

Creative Staffing

Bianca Caviglia


Danielle Prendergast

Empower Her Strategies

Daphnee Arana

Engage Miami

Elise Scheck

Givner Law Group

Franccesca Cesti-Browne

FCB Consulting LLC

Marcia Weldon

Illuminating Wisdom

Michelle Rodriguez

People's Trust Insurance Company

Michelle Austin Pamies

Austin Pamies Norris Weeks, LLC

Priscilla Dames Blake

Wingspan Seminars

Susan Matos

Merrill Lynch

Vanessa Brizo

Fowler White Burnett, P.A.

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/22/2022

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