Our Mission

Finding needs. Funding change.

Since our founding in 1996, The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham has worked to create change for women and children through advocacy, collaboration, and philanthropy. Based on our years of research, we know everyone benefits when women are economically secure. Our approach identifies critical needs of women and girls in our community and then finds direct-service organizations that can help address those needs. We raise funds, connect philanthropic agencies, and advocate for positive social change at the highest levels.


The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham accelerates economic opportunity for women and their families through philanthropy, research, and advocacy.


We envision a society where power and possibility are not limited by gender.


Equity, Inclusion, Impact, Innovation, and Collaboration

Our Region

The Women’s Fund invests in programs and policies impacting women’s economic security in Greater Birmingham (Blount, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, and Walker County). Over 31% of women-headed households in this region live in poverty. For a mom and two kids, that means an income of $21,330 or less.


Our grantmaking cycle supports a two-generation approach to ending generational poverty. We research and target organizations that understand that they cannot move women ahead financially in a vacuum. Your investments support programs that increase assets for women through job skills, education, childcare support, and homeownership.


The Women’s Fund prides itself on making data-based decisions in all of our initiatives. We also strive to be a resource for area nonprofits, policy makers, and leaders in making their case to entities outside of the Birmingham locality to secure needed funding and to implement innovative solutions.


It’s not enough for us to create and support innovative programmatic solutions that combat economic insecurity for women. Without meaningful change in public policy, women will never have all the pieces for success. This is why The Women’s Fund supports legislative policy and reforms to: end predatory lending and make child care more accessible and affordable.

Our Team

Melanie R. Bridgeforth President & CEO


Babs Buchanan Development Director


Wright Wiggins Rouse Communications Director


Jacob L. Smith Grants and Research Director


Leslie R. Smith Development Associate/Executive Assistant


Board of Trustees

Leslie H. Carlisle Chair

Carlisle & Associates: Philanthropy Consulting, LLC Owner

Tracey Morant Adams Chair-Elect

Renasant Bank Executive Vice President, Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer

Lindsey Allison

Allison, May & Kimbrough, LLC Attorney

Lajuana Tucker Bradford

Regions Senior Vice President, Regional Community Development & Partnerships Manager

Emily Branum

Command Alkon, Inc. General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Rosanne Crocker

Community Volunteer

Dr. Nancy E. Dunlap Physician, UAB

Lister Hill Center for Health Policy Professor Emerita and Scholar

Brantley Fry

Office of U.S. Senator Doug Jones State Director

Maye Head

Ram Tool Chairman

Wendy M. Hoomes

Alabama Power Company Assistant Comptroller

Tonya Jones

Tonya Jones SalonSpa Owner

Kathy N. Phillips

Better Basics, Inc. Program Coordinator

Quentin Riggins

Alabama Power Company Senior Vice President, Governmental and Corporate Affairs

Guin Robinson

Jefferson State Community College Associate Dean of Economic Development

Dr. Pia Sen

UAB Professor

Dawn Helms Sharff

Bradley Partner; Birmingham Office Managing Partner

Mary Ann Smith-Janas

Marketry, Inc. President

Cindi Vice

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Nancy Watts

Movement Disorder Nurse, UAB (Retired) Community Volunteer

Stephanie Woods

UAB Medicine Associate Chief Nursing Officer

Recent News

TWF Welcomes New Board Members

Top Row (L-R): Lajuana Tucker Bradford, Regions; Maye Head, Ram Tool; Quentin Riggins, Alabama Power Co.; Guin Robinson, Jefferson State Community CollegeBottom Row (L-R): Dawn Helms Sharff, Bradley; Nancy Watts, Community Volunteer;

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