The Women’s Health and Well-being Affinity Group, hosted by the Women’s Care Florida Foundation, provides needed resources, research and professional expertise to enhance the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations serving women in our area. Through this affinity group we are able to help those in our social niche engage with colleagues, increase collaboration, decrease duplicated efforts and strengthen the entire spectrum of social services supporting women in our community.
Through this collaborative effort we hope to engage these nonprofits in a different way of thinking. While nonprofits normally think only about their own success and impact, we hope to drive nonprofits with similar goals to now think about the collective needs of women in our community and how best to collaborate and serve them.
As a regional foundation, we understand that our strategy has to be adapted to each partner and each objective. Therefore, our organization is building a counseling toolkit that ranges from individual leadership coaching to bringing in national experts on a topic.
The ability to assess the most immediate need(s) of each individual organization, and then utilizing the right tool, is critical to improve effectiveness and efficiency. Which is why we work collaboratively with our grantees to progress our shared vision of helping women. In the words of Aristotle, “to give away money is an easy matter, and in any man’s power. But to decide to whom to give it, and how large and white en, and for what purpose and how, is neither in every man’s power-nor an easy matter. Hence it is that such excellence is rare, praiseworthy and noble.”
What Is An Affinity Group?
An affinity group is a group of people and/or organizations who come together to prepare for and take direct action. Affinity groups are organized in a nonhierarchical and autonomous way, there are no leaders and everyone has an equal voice and responsibility. Sometimes, these groups are formed just for one action, but often they are ongoing groups that organize and take part in actions over a number of years.
How Can Non Profits Benefit From An Affinity Group?
Affinity groups make the best use of limited resources. Usually 10 groups of 10 people can achieve more than 100 people acting individually. Because affinity groups can make decisions autonomously on actions, they can react quickly and creatively if the situation changes.
On an individual level, affinity group members benefit from professional and personal development opportunities that emerge from within the group, including guest speakers, team building, assessments and training. The community benefits from the ideas and collaborations generated by the affinity group, as well as the improved knowledge, peersharing and increased capability of nonprofit staff and leadership.
There is great potential in organizing groups or individuals around similar interests and goals. Ideas are generated and efforts are combined with the intention of propelling a cause or attaining a common objective. This organizing tactic has been used to build and strengthen social movements throughout history.
Goals Of The WCFF Affinity Group
The WCFF’s Affinity Group is about being part of something powerful: a community of nonprofits working together to achieve common goals for the betterment of women. As host to this powerful group of organizations, the WCFF has developed several strategic goals to ensure the greatest possible engagement and impact. The following goals are used to determine the path and objectives set by the affinity group:
Connect fragmented efforts to address women’s’ issues in our select communities by supporting an affinity group for nonprofits serving women’s health and/or wellbeing.
Raise money to financially support nonprofits working to improve women’s health and wellbeing.
Provide assessments to member organizations to determine strengths and weaknesses, challenges and opportunities.
Provide professional support to address weaknesses and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of nonprofits serving women.
Provide opportunities for collaboration, peer sharing, problem solving, and success/ failure reviews to increase the comprehensive capacity of women’s services in our local sector, decrease the duplication of services and increase overall impact.
Increase awareness for member organizations through the development of a “Community Services Brochure” to be developed and placed in all WCF facilities , which include the description and list of services for relevant organizations.
Provide research and long-term statistical evidence of changes in women’s health and wellbeing in our service areas.
Continuously increase WCFF’s knowledge and capacity to support local improvement strategies and real change in women’s issues.
Criteria To Become Part Of Our Affinity Group
In order to encourage engagement and effect the biggest change, the WCFF affinity group is open to eligible nonprofits in our service area. If you meet the criteria below, please complete the application to be eligible for grants, support services, training and consulting free of charge.
1. Must be a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.
2. Must have a mission that affects women’s health and/or wellbeing.
3. Must be located and/or provide services in our service area, including Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Polk, Hardee, Highlands, Osceola, Orange and Seminole Counties.
Do Not Meet Our Affinity Group Criteria?
Are you a nonprofit organization that works in our local community, but do not meet all of our criteria? No problem… we still would like to support your work!
Fill out the contact form below and we will put you on our mailing list to be contacted when we have any educational programs or initiatives that might benefit your organization.
Although a small fee is often charged for non-members, we ensure our fees are kept low so that all nonprofits in our community can benefit.