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Work with others across Florida and make a difference in the lives of women and girls.

Book Project

To empower women and girls in our state by supporting educational, entrepreneurial and self sufficiency programs and initiatives through grants, mentoring, and other opportunities..

Programs Supported by the FCSW Foundation

In 2015 the Foundation proudly presented the book, They Dared to Dream: Florida Women Who Shaped History. While many works chronicle the various facets of Florida's history, few have revealed the myriad of contributions of the state's pioneering women.. 

History of the FCSW Foundation

The Foundation is supported solely by contributions from individuals and organizations and is administered by an all-volunteer Board of Directors. The Foundation is a IRS designated 501(c) 3 charity. All contributions are fully tax-deductible..



  • Educational opportunites for women and girls.
  • Support of the FCSW Florida Achievement Award Celebration
  • Florida Women's History Book Donations to school libraries
  • Support of the Florida Women's Hall of Fame
  • ​STEM Scholarships

Since 2004 the FCSW Foundation has devoted its energy to identifying and supporting programs that empower women and girls in Florida. Find out how you can contribute to the future of someone in need through donations of money and time. .



FCSW Foundation Board

The FCSW Foundation, Inc. (the Foundation), is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated entirely to funding programs that improve the lives of women and girls in Florida. Founded in 2004, the visionary women who founded the Foundation were inspired by the work of the Florida Commission on the Status of Women and began to support the Commission's efforts in empowering Florida women in achieving their fullest potential. The Foundation is a proud partner in the Florida Women's Hall of Fame, Women's Day at the Capitol, and FCSW Florida Achievement Awards program.

Over the last ten years, the Foundation has expanded its outreach to support a broader range of educational, entrepreneurial and self-sufficiency programs and initiatives through grants, mentoring and other opportunities, while continuing to financially support numerous Commission programs. 

Serving Women and Girls in Florida

  • Laurie Pizzo, Chair. Tallahassee
  • Nancy C. Acevedo, Winter Springs
  • Claudia Kirk Barto, West Palm Beach
  • Blanca Bichara, Miami
  • Yvonne Fry, Plant City
  • Mona Jain, M.D., Ph.D., Bradenton
  • Susanne Hebert, Clearwater
  • Carrie Estevez Lee, Gainesville
  • Laura McLeod, Tallahassee
  • Jeanne O’Kon, Ph.D., Tallahassee
  • Cynthia Hartley Ross, Lakeland
  • India Waller Witte, Tampa



Our Mission