Our Vision

Every woman has a clear path to achieve her full potential.

Our Mission

WWIN provides scholarships and supports to help Washington women facing barriers to opportunity succeed in college and careers so they, their families and our communities can thrive.

Our Values


We recognize the inherent worth of each person and foster a culture where diverse experiences and points of view are honored.


We trust each woman as the best expert in her own experience and support the educational path she chooses to fulfill her life’s goals.


We recognize that higher education is not equally accessible to all women and commit to using our resources to remove barriers to opportunity.


We believe a supportive network of women has the power to lift each other and make generational change.


We regularly evaluate the environment and our programs to respond effectively to changing needs.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We focus our efforts to assist Washington women facing barriers to opportunity to have equitable
access to higher education. We celebrate the different experiences, backgrounds and qualities that contribute to each person’s unique identity. We strive to create an inclusive WWIN community – of scholars and alumnae, board and staff, volunteers and supporters – that reflects the diversity of Washington state. We believe our community is stronger when each person is empowered to bring their authentic self to it.

Always give back.
Never give up.

WWIN has positively impacted the lives of more than 7,000 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 were designed to help women overcome the challenges they face throughout their college experience and their journey toward economic stability: the Career Launch Coaching program and the Resiliency Fund. We also created our annual Activate You Women’s Empowerment Conference.

WWIN has made more than 7,000 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

2022 Annual Report

Get an in-depth look at WWIN’s programs, impact, leadership and supporters and the women we serve.

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