Women’s Initiative

Women’s Initiative of United Way’s mission is to mobilize and network women to become leaders, philanthropists and advocates on issues concerning women and children. Started in 2001, our affinity group has raised and invested over $2 million dollars into programming that supports women and children. Past programs supported by our group included WordShop and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Lucas County.

In 2023, we began supporting the Family & Child Abuse Prevention Center, an organization that works to break the cycle of family violence.

Get Involved with Women’s Initiative

Looking to get involved? We always have space for community members to join our committees and help us achieve our mission. If interested in joining a WI committee, please email womensinitiative@unitedwaytoledo.org


Fall Event Committee

This committee plans our largest fundraiser, Pursuing Inspiration. Pursuing Inspiration takes place in the fall, featuring a keynote speaker and a purse auction. This committee is active from March – October.

Membership Committee

This committee plans quarterly networking events called WINE Downs throughout the year. They also play an important role in recruiting new members and helping them get involved. This committee typically meets bi-monthly throughout the year.

Spring Event Committee

This committee plans the Women in Leadership Spring Panel event, which features local women leaders. This committee is active from January – May.

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Join Women’s Initiative

United Way of Greater Toledo donors who give at least $250 or $21/month during the annual campaign can become a member of Women’s Initiative and receive special access to events and leadership development and volunteer opportunities, as well as other United Way donor benefits such as Donor Appreciation Rewards.

Upcoming Women’s Initiative Events