Sydney Women's Fund a Subfund of the Sydney Community Foundation

Investing in Women and children to build a better community

" The Sydney Women’s Fund works for a community where all women and girls achieve their potential, live safely without fear of discrimination or disadvantage, and enjoy the full benefits of life in Sydney."
Rosalind Strong AM, Chair,  Sydney Community Foundation and the Sydney Women's Fund.
The Sydney Women's Fund is a group of engaged, strategic donors investing in women to create lasting change in our community. 

Our mission is to foster a powerful wave of philanthropy that improves the lives of women and girls in Sydney.  We are growing women's philanthropy at all levels of the community.  Our circle  of donors are business and corporate women, entrepreneurs, founders and trustees of foundations, retirees and working women.

Our focus is to create change by funding at a grassroots level.  We give grants to community projects and provide operational resources and technical assistance to local organisations changing the lives of women. We meet our mission through three key program areas.

  • Grantmaking to projects that change the lives of women
  • Batting on the issues that matter on behalf of women
  • Running special projects such as the Portrait of Women and Girls in Greater Sydney, an Australia-first project that provides the evidence for effective philanthropy to women in Sydney.

Kristi Mansfield
Executive Director


THE PORTRAIT PROJECT (A portrait of Women and girls in Greater Sydney)

The Portrait Project is a major initiative of the Sydney Women’s Fund to undertake groundbreaking, comprehensive research into the status of women and girls in Greater Sydney, and use this much needed evidence to plan future action.

 This project was initiated two years ago and is designed to paint a detailed 'portrait' of Sydney’s women and girls, giving us a deeper insight into their circumstances, challenges and aspirations.

 The research, launched on 5 March 2012, provides a vital evidence base for guiding an informed, long-term investment strategy to tap the full potential of the women and girls of Sydney.

The focus for the Portrait Project is now to use the research findings to:

• Inform and educate the community of Greater Sydney about the greatest, and often hidden, areas of need for the women and girls of Sydney
• Engage leaders from all sectors to make commitments to support women and girls
• Develop a long term agenda for investment in women and girls to help address their most pressing challenges

We are excited about the dialogue sparked by this research project – among potential donors, among leaders from the public, private and not for profit sectors, and the community in general. This gives us confidence that together we can make lasting change to the often hidden areas of disadvantage for Sydney’s women and girls.

Our goal

Evidence from The Portrait Project is enabling the Sydney Women’s Fund to strategically direct grants towards carefully selected, grassroots initiatives that provide innovative solutions to the critical issues faced by Sydney’s women and girls.

These projects do not normally receive funding from any other source. Some require immediate funding – others are yet to be identified. We have a goal to connect $3 million in donors’ funds with projects that make lasting change. We pool donations and distribute the funds in the form of grants. The projects will focus on the five groups of women most in need.

Your contribution to this pool of funds will help make lasting change where it’s needed most in Sydney. Any sized donation is welcomed, and we have flexible donation options. 

Contact us:

Kristi Mansfield
Executive Director
Ph: 9251 1228

This publication, and the five background papers on which it is based, were prepared for the Sydney Women’s Fund, a sub fund of the Sydney Community Foundation by: Alison Ziller, Director, Australia Street Company Pty Ltd and Elizabeth Delaney, Principal,Community Dimensions Pty Ltd and funded by a grant from Barclays.