Every woman has a clear path to achieve her full potential.
Guided by the belief that every woman is worthy, WWIN empowers women in Washington State to achieve economic stability through higher education and living wage careers.
Empowerment with accountability
Taking initiative as well as accepting responsibility for the consequences of our actions.
WWIN is accessible to all without regard to race, religion, age, sexual orientation or physical or mental disability.
Respect with kindness
Seeing the potential in each person and behaving in an encouraging manner toward everyone who touches the organization.
WWIN commits to responsible planning and efficient management of resources so that we can sustain our ability to drive long-term impact in our community.
Always give back.
Never give up.
WWIN has positively impacted the lives of more than 6,700 women across our state. These women share a common trait: the determination to move forward for themselves, their families, and their communities. With the support of WWIN, their stories of struggle have evolved into stories of hope, courage, gratitude, and dreams fulfilled.
History of WWIN
In 1992, Julia founded Washington Women in Need, helping low-income women transform their lives with grants for education and health care. When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted in 2010, there was a reduced need for health care grants so WWIN shifted its focus to providing more grants for education.
During rigorous research and assessments in 2018, we gathered insights that guided us to an updated mission statement and a strategic plan to introduce new grant programs, continuing to build on the success of our existing programs and ensuring that the women we serve can achieve their goals.
In July 2019, WWIN launched new programs that are designed to help women overcome the challenges they face throughout their college experience and their journey toward economic stability: Pathways to Success and Career Launch Coaching Programs and the Resiliency Fund. We also created our annual Activate You Women’s Empowerment Conference.
WWIN has made more than 6,700 grants to women in Washington. WWIN will continue to respond to the evolving needs of women in Washington, and to honor each woman’s individual path to success. It is our goal to help remove systemic barriers to success and provide opportunities, inspiration, support and advocacy to the women of WWIN as they work toward their goal of economic stability.
WWIN has changed the trajectory of thousands of lives.
Starting WWIN has been the most rewarding experience of my life, because I know the women we help will get the education they need in order to support themselves and their families.”
- Julia Pritt, WWIN Founder