Women Helping Women Fund (WHWF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women and children to create healthy families and vibrant communities.

We believe that when women succeed, we all succeed.
As one of the few funding organizations in the Spokane community committed to raising and awarding funds to non-profit programs, we help make this possible. WHWF promotes and funds programs that remove the social, economic and educational barriers preventing women from reaching their full intellectual and vocational potential.
We believe in pooling money to create a bigger impact.
Since 1992, we have raised nearly $6 million and funded over 500 programs focused on the issues faced by women and children. We’ve achieved these results by consolidating resources, efforts and funds, and empowering the community to be change agents by supporting our women and children.
We believe in careful allocations and real results.
Our allocations process ensures that there are demonstrable results achieved by programs receiving funds. The board is deeply involved in research and site visits to the programs. We ensure that the money we’re granting is going to the best use, and we require data to ensure the success of the program.


1992: WHWF is founded by six women who wanted to support women and children in need in Spokane—Mari Clack, Marcy Drummond, Vicki McNeill, Shirley Rector, Janet Skaden, and Vivian Winston.


1993: Our first luncheon is attended by 700 people and raises more than $80,000. Alene Moris is the keynote speaker.


1999: Gloria Steinem speaks at the luncheon.


2006: Lisa Ling speaks at the luncheon.


2008: Jeanette Walls speaks at the luncheon. Twenty-seven programs are funded.


2012: The WHWF Luncheon raises a record $335,900! Elizabeth Smart is the keynote speaker.


2016: Luncheon keynote, Sheryl WuDunn makes a compelling argument that even one individual can make a profound impact.

2018: Dr. Tererai Trent speaks at the luncheon, raising over $317,000 that supports 17 programs.

2019/20 Board of Directors

Kristi Gravelle - President
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Traci McGlathery - Past President

Jennifer O'Callaghan - President Elect
Numerica Credit Union

Meredith Banka - Secretary

Amy Roberts- Treasurer


Stephanie Baumann
American Income Life

Anne Cowles
Community Volunteer

Tija Danzig
City of Spokane

Angela Hayes
Associated Industries

Jennifer Koenig
Robert Half International

Brittany Lockwood

Anne Oakley
Community Volunteer

Tara Pendleton

Val Senatore
Community Colleges of Spokane

Nicole Stewart
Providence Health

Stacy Wenzl
WA State Department of Children, Youth & Families