The Wender Weis Foundation for Children (WWFC), a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, was founded in 1994 by Amy Wender in honor of her family. As she was growing up, Amy’s family dedicated their time and encouragement to those in need. As a young adult, Amy volunteered at a rape crisis center and at a battered women’s shelter. Working directly with those affected, she witnessed the devastating aftereffects of child abuse. She wanted to try to make those children’s lives better in some way, even if that meant just trying to bring a smile to their faces on an otherwise dark day. She started a foundation to improve the lives of children in need and at-risk of abuse.

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, WWFC provides charitable relief and assistance to children and families living in underserved communities. Besides designing new programs which address its area of focus, WWFC is a grantmaker, supporting charities which provide opportunities for children in need of encouragement. WWFC targets its resources to groups that address the physical, emotional, and psychological needs of at-risk children. All proceeds from WWFC’s fundraising efforts support programs which provide children with opportunities to build their self-esteem and self-confidence.

Traditionally, WWFC has funded both well-established and seed-stage programs which provide at-risk children a wide range of opportunities for individual growth and self-expression.