What We Do


Washington Women in Need believes in the power of determined women to transform their lives and the course of their families’ lives for generations to come. We address a deep need in society, providing women a hand up to improve their futures. This in turn strengthens their families and our society as a whole.

We make financial grants to women in Washington State who are ready for transformational change in two areas: Education and Health Care

Education Grants remove a financial barrier to low-income students seeking higher education. Grantees receive a one-time Grant that they may use for tuition, mandatory fees, and required books and supplies at accredited Washington colleges and universities. Learn more about applying for an education grant

Health Care Grants ensure access to health care services, covering select dental and vision services for women who have Apple Health or Medicare insurance coverage. Grantees receive a one-time Grant that they may use with the health care provider of their choice. Learn more about applying for a health care grant.


Each year, WWIN provides significant financial assistance for higher education and health care:

  • 164 grants, ranging from $200 to $5,000, were awarded in the last year
  • Since 1992 WWIN has provided over 6,000 grants to women
  • Our grantees’ average annual household income is just $12,583
  • All grantees have incomes below 138% of the Federal poverty level.
  • 51% are employed full- or part-time
  • 11% receive public benefits
  • 50% have dependent children, and 39% are single mothers
  • The average age is 28 and the age range is 18-55
  • 45% are White/Caucasian and 55% are non-White
  • 39% are from the Seattle metropolitan area (King, Pierce, Snohomish Counties); 30% are from Western Washington, outside Seattle metropolitan area; and 31% are from Eastern Washington

Our Education Grant Recipients

  • They attend 41 community, public, private, and tribal colleges across the State
  • Their average cost of tuition, fees, books, and supplies for this academic year is $27,925
  • 50% are seeking an Associate’s degree or certificate and 50% are seeking a Bachelor’s degree
  • 49% are the first in their families to go to college
  • Their average GPA is 3.5


Our Health Care Grant Recipients

  • 69% receive funding for dental crowns and bridges to replace missing or broken teeth
  • 31% receive funding for glasses or contact lenses to see better at work, school, and home
  • 3% receive funding for mental health counseling (one of our grantees received grants for more than one service)
  • Nearly 100% cite going back to school or work as goals and look to their WWIN grant to help them achieve this

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Welcome WWIN’s Newest Board Members!

We would like to introduce you to WWIN's newest Board members! from left to right, Nickie Smith (Microsoft), Jackie Smith-Moon (People's Bank), Dr. Amber Marcu (Microsoft), Brad Goode (Washington
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