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Georgia State University Library,
Special Collections and Archives,
Atlanta Women's Foundation
Atlanta Women's Foundation records
4 linear ft. in
Women’s Foundation (AWF) raises, manages, and distributes funds to
programs that serve women and girls in the metropolitan Atlanta area.
Correspondence, minutes and agendas, printed material, writings and creative
works, financial documents, legal documents, and photographs make up the
records of the AWF.
Series I and III were created during processing. The Administrative
staff files tended to be large, and were broken into smaller units during
processing as indicated by subdivided titles. Titles were assigned to all
Philipp's files. Davis had assembled some records predating her work into "AWF
history" files. Records from those files were placed in series I-III.In order to protect privacy, some records related to the Face to Face
program and some financial documents have been removed.Newspaper clippings and a limited number of manuscripts were
photocopied or transcribed for preservation purposes.
Scope and Content of the Records
Correspondence, minutes and agendas, printed material, writings and
creative works, financial documents, legal documents, and photographs make up
the records of the Atlanta Women’s Foundation (AWF). The records are
organized in three series. Series I: Board of Directors records, 1990-2001,
includes minutes and agendas, a manual, lists of board members, and
descriptions of the foundation and its mission. Series II: Executive staff
records, ca. 1980-2003, consists of the office files created by Metropolitan
Atlanta Community Foundation (MACF) Director Alicia Philipp (including those
created by part-time Development Director Jennifer Echols) and AWF Executive
Director Stephanie A. Davis. The files contain primarily correspondence,
printed material, notes, and legal and financial documents. They document the
organization of the AWF and its subsequent independence from the from MACF (by
then known as The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta), projects
undertaken, fundraising and publicity. Subject files contain collected material
concerning women’s issues, philanthropy, and other foundations,
including the organization Women & Philanthropy (formerly Women in
Foundations/Corporate Philanthropy). Series III: Publications, ca. 1986-2003,
includes originals and published versions of brochures, invitations, programs,
reports, and newsletters issued by the AWF.
History of the Atlanta Women's Foundation
The Atlanta Women’s Foundation (AWF) raises, manages, and
distributes funds to programs that serve women and girls in the metropolitan
Atlanta area. The AWF originated in 1986, when the Women Business Owners of
Atlanta donated $10,000 to create The Atlanta Women’s Fund within The
Metropolitan Atlanta Community Foundation (MACF; subsequently renamed The
Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta). Since then, it has grown into an
independent foundation and has donated millions of dollars to hundreds of
organizations in service of its mission to be “a catalyst for change in
the lives of women and girls.”
Prior to 1993, the AWF, overseen by MACF Director Alicia Philipp and
an Advisory Committee made up of philanthropists and prominent women, built its
endowment but did not make grants. That year, Stephanie A. Davis, who had
worked as consultant to the fund since 1992, became its first director. Working
with the Advisory Board, then chaired by Atlanta City Councilwoman Barbara
Asher, Davis expanded the AWF’s community activities and raised its
profile with fundraising events. The organization adopted an innovative funding
partner model, in which committees participate in raising funds, making grant
recommendations, and monitoring outcomes. Professionals, community volunteers,
and former grantees make up the funding partner committees. These groups
channel grants to organizations that promote economic justice for women, work
to end violence against women, promote women’s health and wellness,
establish educational equity, and combat poverty and homelessness among women.
The AWF also undertook initiatives such as Face to Face, which funded
restorative plastic and dental surgery for formerly abused women and the Girls
to Women Project, a collaboration with several African-American organizations
to expand services to girls.
In 1998, the fund became independent of The Community Foundation and
was renamed the Atlanta Women’s Foundation. Davis continued to serve as
the foundation's Executive Director until she stepped down in 2003. Along with
its funding partners -- Women in Law; Women in Finance, Media & Technology;
Women in Medicine; and its community partner, Commercial Real Estate Women of
Atlanta -- the organization continued to begin new initiatives and to support
programs serving women. Projects undertaken after the AWF became independent
include a report on the status of women and girls in the Atlanta area,
Let Every Voice Be Heard; a program to combat
child prostitution, including Angela’s Fund; and Women on Board, a
project to train women for and place them on nonprofit boards and government
commissions. Girls to Women has evolved into a technical assistance project to
train and provide consultation to leaders of non-profit organizations. Major
fundraising speeches and luncheons, often featuring prominent women from
politics, business, and the arts, have continued to help the AWF and its
funding partners both to increase the organization's endowment and to gain
Sally Weaver became the AWF’s Chief Executive Officer in
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the
Georgia State University Library online catalog (GIL). Researchers desiring
materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog
using these headings.
Restrictions on Access
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any
publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection,
the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical
property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from
this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright
holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must
contain the complete citation to the original. All requests subject to
limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.
[item], [folder title], [series title], Atlanta Women's Foundation
records, W051, Archives for Research on Women and Gender. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia
State University, Atlanta.
Donated by Stephanie A. Davis, June 2003.
Processed by William W. Hardesty, July 2004.
Related materials in other repositories:
An older, Atlanta-based charity for women: Student Aid Foundation
records, 1908-1977 (Atlanta History Center). Other Atlanta-based women's
advocacy organizations include: Atlanta Women's Network records, 1978-1989
(Atlanta History Center); Feminist Action Alliance records, 1974-1984 (Special
Collections Department, Robert W. Woodruff Library, Emory University); National
Council of Jewish Women, Atlanta Section records, 1912-1985? (Ida Pearle and
Joseph Cuba Community Archives, William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum).
Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory
(Bloomington) has collected oral histories on philanthropy generally: Oral
history interviews of the Philanthropy: History of Fund-raising Oral History
Project, 1988; Oral history interviews of the Council on Foundations Oral
History Project, 1991-1992; Oral history interviews of the American Foundations
of Philanthropy in the 20th Century Oral History Project, 1989-1993.
Related materials in this repository:
Personal papers of a former member of the AWF Board of Advisors: Beth S.
Schapiro papers, ca. 1970-1995 (Donna Novak Coles Georgia Women's Movement
Archives, finding aid available on-line and in the reading room). In addition
to providing context for the creation and growth of the AWF, the Georgia
Women's Movement Oral History Collection, 1995- (Donna Novak Coles Georgia
Women's Movement Archives, finding aid available on-line and in the reading
room) includes interviews of Schapiro and Polly Brooks Simpson (later Chair of
the AWF Board of Directors).
Separated material: During processing,
printed materials related to women's issues have been separated to the Women's
Printed Collection: Pamphlets and filed by subject. ( Subject headings listed
with the items below, pamphlet collection finding aid is available on-line and
in the reading room.) See List of Separated Material following Detailed
Description of the Collection.