Area Foundation’s Women & Girls Development Fund Recognizes Girls Empowerment Network

Women and Girls Development


WHAT: The Women & Girls Development Fund (WGDF), a community outreach fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation, announces the Girls Empowerment Network (GEN) as its 2021 $10,000 annual grant recipient. GEN helps girls stay in school, get on track and reach their full potential.  

The WGDF grant will help GEN expand its in-school program, Girl Connect, to schools throughout the Bexar County and San Antonio area. Girl Connect programming in schools consists of self-efficacy building groups for girls in grades 3-12 that meet weekly for the delivery of eight to 20 curriculum modules on their campus. The program is currently offered in Austin, Houston and Dallas – now adding San Antonio.

The Area Foundation’s Women & Girls Development Fund promotes philanthropy and supports nonprofit organizations serving women and girls in the San Antonio area through leadership development programs. Since 2012, the WGDF has distributed more than $210,000 to charitable programs. 

WHEN: 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021

WHERE:  San Antonio Area Foundation | 303 Pearl Parkway – San Antonio, TX 78215


  • Julia Cuba Lewis, CEO, Girls Empowerment Network
  • Women & Girls Development Fund Board Members

About the San Antonio Area Foundation: 

The San Antonio Area Foundation (SAAFdn) has served as the city’s community-giving headquarters for nearly 60 years, growing to become one of the top 20 community foundations in the nation. The Area Foundation helps donors achieve their charitable goals supporting our community’s greatest needs, managing more than 500 charitable funds nearly $1 billion in assets. Beyond serving hundreds of nonprofit organizations every year through training and grantmaking, where total impact exceeded $71 million in 2020, the Area Foundation operates a strong student scholarship program. Over $37 million has been invested in our future leaders since 1969 through more than 100 scholarship funds. Learn more at