Who We Are

The Women’s Foundation of the South (WFS) is a public foundation led by and working for womxn* and girls of color (WGOC) in the Southern United States

We raise money and invest it in nonprofits and businesses across 13 states as the only permanent foundation dedicated to centering and investing in the collective health, wealth, and power of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian womxn and girls across the entire American South.

We invest in womxn of color (WOC) because we know that when WOC-led organizations and businesses are well capitalized, they facilitate more just policies, hire more people of color, generate wealth in their communities, conduct relevant and effective programs as well as create the conditions necessary for everyone to prosper.
*use of “womxn” includes trans womxn and gender non-conforming people


When womxn of color are successful, the entire community thrives. Yet, Southern states consistently fall below the national average in outcomes for womxn in areas like health, legal protection, and economic security.

Womxn of Color (WOC) in the South are more likely to have incomes below the federal poverty line, significantly higher maternal mortality and morbidity rates, are less likely to have access to caring, high-quality healthcare and health insurance, or have legal protection from domestic violence, reproductive injustice, and employment discrimination.
Census statistics project that the United States will have a “minority white” population by 2045. This means that current racial minorities (Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian people of color) will be the primary demographic engine of the nation’s future growth. Data also predict that womxn of color will be the majority of all womxn in the United States by 2060. We see glimpses of these shifts right now in the American South, where over half of the country’s Black population resides. If current outcomes experienced by people of color in Southern communities serve a bellwether of what we can expect for the country within a generation, then the very future of America is in danger. Simply put, what happens in the South is the predictor of the future success of the country. When we disconnect our most marginalized communities from prosperity, we cap the economic and political potential of the entire country.

Our Approach

An investment in womxn and girls of color in the South is the surest way to change their lives and the future direction of our country. The time to invest in the outcomes we want is now.

Philanthropy is poised to lead by elevating innovation and best practices and investing in the people and organizations working to create and replicate transformational change. Yet, despite its charitable intentions, legacy philanthropy often causes further harm by limiting investments, access to power, and opportunities for organizations led by people of color, especially womxn of color.

Therefore, WFS is writing the next chapter for womxn and girls of color (WGOC) in the South. We believe that solutions are often held by those closest to impacts of the problem. By transforming the way philanthropy prioritizes its funding, we invest in the health, wealth, and power of Southern WGOC.

By 2026, WFS will serve the thirteen states of the American South: Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas.



Oluremi Abiodun
Edgar Aglipay
Amanda Aiken
Jess Allen
Melanie Allen
Katharine Arnold
Mona Arnold-McBride
Marilyn Baquet
Isabel Barrios
Allie Betts
Eileen Bondy
Dawn Bradley-Fletcher
Kysha Brown
Stephanie Burks
Jackie Burton
Alyce Bush
Ciara Coleman
Michelle Coleman
Tiffany Crawford
Lanor Curole
Dr. Gloria Richard Davis
Ivory Davis
Shelina Davis
Kim Dean
Randi Dean
Pierre Detiege
Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes
Kimberly Dilosa
Yolanda Doucette
Jazzlyn Duplessis
Vaughn Fauria
Montrelle Fennidy
Rebecca Fisher
Catherine Flowers
Kathy Freshley
Ashleigh Gardere
Lisa Gentry
Kidada Gilbert-Lewis
C'Ardiss Gleser
Lakita Green
Susan Hairston
Amber Hamilton
Deon Haywood
Kathy Hebert
Gracia Hillman
Rebecca Ingram
Larry Irvin
Rhonda Jackson
Carmen James Randolph
Cynthia James
Anita Jefferson

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Hon. Rachael Johnson
Gizelle Johnson Johnson-Banks
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Diana Jones Wilson
Kim Jones
Kristyna Jones
Adrinda Kelly
Denise R. King
Lauren King
Kelli King-Jackson
Gladys Krigger Washington
Juan LaFonta
Khari Lane
Malik Lane
Dawn Lapeyrolerie
Annie LaRock
Ericka Lassair
Dr. Thomas LaVeist
Halima Leak Francis
Ellen Lee
Jade Lenore LeDuff
Flora Lewis
Rica Lewis-Payton
Sandra G Lilly
Maude B. Lofton
Mary Magee
Tyra Mariani
Akilah Massey
Rachel Mayes
Candra McGowen
Dr. Shanell McGoy
Stephanie McKee-Anderson
Erin McQuade-Wright
Cyndee Miranda
Margaret Montgomery Richard
Edna R. Moore
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Jasmine Williams-Washington
Ariel Wilson-Harris
Donna-Marie Winn
Michelyn Woodard
Stephanie Woodward
Kimberly Wright-Violich
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