Women's Economic Self Sufficiency

Our Mission

A woman is economically self-sufficient if she has the ability to meet all of her basic needs without any type of assistance, formal or informal, public or private. The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation recognizes that women, and especially women of color, face unique economic barriers to achieving equality in our society. These impediments include income inequality, the high cost of raising children, caring for elderly family members, nonexistent or unpaid maternity leave, and lack of access to affordable daycare. According to the California Women’s Well-Being Index, Monterey County ranks number 49 out of California’s 58 counties in Women’s Economic Security, due to high costs of housing, low high school graduation rates, and high costs of childcare. Santa Cruz Country ranks at number 38 in Women’s Economic Security and has the second highest cost of housing in the state and 16.6% of adult women living in poverty from 2010-2014 (Women’s Fund of California http://www.womensfoundca.org/womens-wellbeing-index).

As a result, the Foundation strives to fund organizations that help to ensure women can have access to education, employment, and incomes that will allow them to live healthy and happy lives above the poverty line. We recognize that legislation is a key element to a long-term solution, but until then, we fund programs that improve economic self-sufficiency for women and their families.

What We Look For

We look for organizations and programs that are addressing a documented need and that have a track record of delivering effective programming to participants. For existing programs, we look for model, high-quality programs with a record of success. For new or emerging programs, we look to support programs with strong leadership that demonstrate high potential and promise for future success. There is a preference for applicant organizations in which women are the primary decision-makers. There is also a preference for applicant organizations that integrate gender equity into their personnel policies, such as robust parental leave, child care, flexible work schedules, and relationship abuse workplace policies.

The Foundation recognizes the following factors as contributors to economic inequality between men and women and looks for organizations that address as least two of these barriers:

• Women’s poverty

• Food insecurity

• Cost of housing/homelessness

• Cost of child care/family care

• Cost of commuting

• High school graduation rates

• Unpaid maternity leave

• Sexist hiring practices

• Discrimination in the work place

• Relationship abuse (see RFPs for our focus on ending violence against women)

 

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