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Women United is dedicated to inspiring, educating, and encouraging women to effect change in their community through philanthropy and leadership. 


As a community of vibrant women, we work to create meaningful and lasting change that empowers women to improve their lives.


To support organizations working to improve the lives of women in central New Mexico.

Membership Eligibility

Membership is extended to women who:

  • Wish to effect change in their community through philanthropy and leadership
  • Contribute an annual combined household gift of $1,000 or more.

Check out who serves on the Women United Council, and print out an overview to share with friends! We also have a convenient online form to nominate yourself or someone else for a council or committee position.   

Donor Group Newsletter

We send out a bi-monthly Donor Group Newsletter featuring current information about all of our donor groups. The newsletter includes upcoming events, updates on current activities and information on the Women's Self Sufficiency Grant Initiative.

Women's Self-Sufficiency Initiative Fund

The purpose of the Women's Self-Sufficiency Initiative Fund is to help create sustainable systemic change in our four-county community through grants that address a continuum of services and the most pressing issues for women over the age of eighteen. Grants have been awarded to agencies that enhance women's employability in one or more of these focus areas:

  • Improve high school graduation rates and/or assist with GED completion
  • Provide job/skill training and/or retraining for women to secure gainful employment
  • Support transitional and/or permanent housing for women 

Meet the Women's Self-Sufficiency Initiative Fund current grantees.

Donate to Support Women's Self-Sufficiency

Join Our Giving Circle

Donors who donate $250 or more to the WSS grant initiative will be part of this exclusive group of donors. This opportunity is open to Women United members and non-members who are interested in supporting women's self-sufficiency programs. Members of the WSS Giving Circle will be recognized in the annual Leaders in Giving Book.

"We" Women's Endowment

The “We” Endowment was established to ensure that our work in support of women’s self-sufficiency will carry on with a legacy by providing annual distributions to the Women's Self-Sufficiency Initiative Fund. 

Thanks to the caring generosity of donors who wish to impact women's issues in our community, over $125,000 has already been invested as part of UWCNM's fund at the Albuquerque Community Foundation. At least $1,175,000 more will be added thanks to legacy gifts such as bequests, IRA beneficiary designations, and gifts of paid-up life insurance policies.

You can visit our donation page now to give to the "We" Endowment. Or, you may wish to join the seven other women who have taken advantage of UWCNM's unique matching offer, wherein we double your $5,000 gift to your own endowment fund that can be part of the WIP endowment. The $5,000 may be paid in over five years, so a gift of $1,000 per year for five years will establish your $10,000 fund, named as you wish. Annual distributions from your "We" Endowment fund will support the Women's Self-Sufficiency Fund grants in perpetuity. Please contact Larry Strickland for more information about this program.

Donate to the We Endowment

    2017 Grant Celebration

    On August 16, 2017,  members celebrated the 2017-18 Women's Self-Sufficiency Initiative Fund grantees at an event at Hotel Chaco.


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