Women’s Work: Financial Wellness

Sydney Women's Fund, Sub-fund of Sydney Community Foundation

Supported beneficiary groups within Women & Girls
Age Demographic
Adults - aged 25 to under 65
Project Focus
Project Area

Project Description

Sydney Women’s Fund ‘Women’s Work’ is a research, advocacy and community education program addressing women’s financial vulnerability. Brought to life through an engaging documentary mini-series, Women’s Work is a digital resource to build women’s confidence in their relationship with managing money.

This project is to develop an accompanying online training and support program for women to improve their financial wellbeing and literacy. A four week webinar series, using the documentary as a resource, this project will help us create a structured learning program to explore themes raised in the documentaries and help women develop strategies and skills to secure their financial wellness at whatever stage of life they are in. It will focus on a train the trainer approach building first community worker confidence so they can engage positively with their clients in conversations about money, questions to ask and where to go for more help.

Expected Outcomes

Sydney Women’s Fund Portrait III research revealed that women’s financial vulnerability is more wide spread than is understood and is the greatest risk to women’s safety and independence.

Sydney Women’s Fund ‘Women’s Work’ is engaging women and girls in a conversation about why it matters that they are in control of their money throughout their lives. Each episode unpacks how money stories are established in childhood that will affect a woman’s choices, family caring responsibilities, income and retirement. Women’s Work invites us to rethink our stories about money, why it matters and what women can do about it.

Already, audiences of Sydney Women’s Fund ‘Women’s Work’ have reflected on their stories about money and shared how the documentaries will change their behaviour and language they use when talking about money. With funding for this project, we want to engage more women in a conversation around money, empower them to learn more about how they manage their financial wellness and know their right to ask questions and learn more.

Project Data & Lessons

Sydney Women’s Fund has developed a Theory of Change for women’s financial wellness that will form the foundation for evaluating the impact of this project. Our research and learnings on addressing the issue of women’s financial vulnerability are well documented. A survey will be designed to gauge learnings and change in behaviour for participants following their engagement with the learning modules.

In addition, Sydney Women’s Fund will in 2021 conduct a primary survey forming the fourth instalment of it’s ‘Portrait’ series taking the pulse of Sydney women.

Sydney Women’s Fund programs addressing women’s financial vulnerability has already invested $400,000 in projects developing our understanding of this critical issue with funding for a range of projects provided by NSW Government, Ecstra Foundation and Sydney Airport. This has enabled Sydney Women’s Fund to develop: ‘Women’s Work’ documentary series; the ‘Women’s Work’ study guide for school students targeting senior years 10-12, focus groups with our charity partners to form a Theory of Change for women’s financial wellness; and an online education program targeting financial abuse in partnership with Sydney Airport and Marrickville Legal Centre.

Project Dates

Project Commences: July 1, 2021
Project Completes: June 30, 2022

Funding Details

Funding Needed
Current Funding
Total Project Costs
Auspice Details
Sydney Women’s Fund is a sub-fund of Sydney Community Foundation (DGR2). For PAFs requiring a donation to DGR1, gifts can be made to Be Kind Sydney Ltd. (DGR1) a Public Benevolent Institution and subsidiary and initiative of Sydney Community Foundation supporting the work of Sydney Women’s Fund.
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Organisation Details

Sydney Women's Fund, Sub-fund of Sydney Community Foundation
ABN: 77 528 860 176


Caroline Fonda
Phone: 0431747031

About Sydney Women's Fund, Sub-fund of Sydney Community Foundation

We are a voice for women and a force for Change. Sydney Women’s Fund a sub-fund of Sydney Community Foundation has over a decade’s experience in co-designing and funding innovative grassroots projects assisting local women and families in greatest need. We work with influential leaders in our city, including an eminent board, and seek out emerging talent to present the need and stories of our city, in a way that moves people and offers more meaningful data for decision making. Our research and engagement with local communities means the programs we create, and those we support with funds from our donors, are tailored to contemporary need. Since COVID women’s financial security has never been more important.

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