Explore our volunteer initiatives

High Water Women (HWW) was founded by senior women from the hedge fund and investment communities to connect professionals with high-touch volunteer opportunities. We deploy more than 3,500 volunteers to dozens of nonprofits, schools and public agencies providing thousands of service hours each year.
HWW’s programs include Financial Literacy Education for low-income women and youth, an annual Backpack Drive, and an annual symposium on investing for impact. In addition, HWW volunteers help our nonprofit partners conduct career days and job-search workshops, and mentor at-risk women and youth.
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HWW relies on a community of caring

Individuals, corporate and foundation supporters help to make our work possible


Volunteer and student participants

  • Jojon Tamir
    "Working with the kids was very fulfilling…I feel I have found volunteer work I love.”
    Jojon Tamir
    Volunteer at Columbus Library, Manhattan
  • Anthony Urena
    "This program was great!"
    Anthony Urena
    Teen Participant at Columbus Library
  • Teen Participant
    "I learned a lot of things that will help me make better money decisions in the future."
    Teen Participant
    Teen Participant at Mott Haven Library, South Bronx
  • Kristin Short
    "I really enjoy it and feel it makes a difference."
    Kristin Short
    Volunteer at Metropolitan High School, Brownsville Brooklyn


Backpack Drive program

  • Representative
    "Thanks to High Water Women once again for the amazing Backpack Drive that you do each year. Including Iris House means that dozens of children will have a fresh start for the school year, and we greatly appreciate the opportunity to help them. One of the young girls put it on immediately upon receiving it and wouldn’t take it off or let it touch the ground — that’s dedication, particularly at a family picnic where everyone is running around playing."
    Iris House


HWW Impact Symposium

  • Marieke Spence
    “Good variety across different types of stakeholders in this space and different approaches and universally good speakers which is SO refreshing! I will also say that just being in a large room that is almost 100% women who are leaders in this space is a great confidence builder in and of itself. The momentum is palpable."
    Marieke Spence
    Executive Director, Impact Capital Managers
  • Eleni Delipaltadaki Janis
    “The HHW Impact Investing Summit was one of the first movers in the space convening stakeholders and continues to deliver today high-quality attendees and speakers from both finance and philanthropy and generate in-depth, practical insights you can take home.“
    Eleni Delipaltadaki Janis
    Managing Partner, Equivico by NCRC
  • Delilah Rothenberg
    “A great event for experienced practitioners and those new to the space. It both lifts up women in the investment industry and offers content that is valuable to anyone interested in impact and ESG.”
    Delilah Rothenberg
    Executive Director, Predistribution Initiative
  • Ravi Mikkelsen
    “Despite the short schedule, this event is long on actionable content from values-driven leaders in the industry. Meeting and learning from so many luminaries in the space of putting capital to a good purpose. The main stage panels and speakers were full of insights.”
    Ravi Mikkelsen
    CEO, Climate Link
  • Irene Mastelli
    “It's rare to find myself in a room full of successful and engaged women with a strong interest for investing with a positive impact. Hearing about these women's work was inspiring and I came away with a lot of practical advice.”
    Irene Mastelli
    Director, Phenix Capital
  • Patience Marime-Ball
    “The curation of content and speakers was excellent.”
    Patience Marime-Ball
    Founder and CEO, Women of the Word Endowment
  • Sophia Swire
    “High level conversations with peers, collaborating to transform business for the better.”
    Sophia Swire
    Founder and CEO, Future Brilliance GEDI
  • Christina Leijonhufvud
    “I've always liked the HWW symposium given it attracts a large group of accomplished and sincere professional women in finance and the content has been strong. It's always great for networking.”
    Christina Leijonhufvud
    Managing Partner, Tideline
  • Anne Amanda Bangasser
    “The High Water Women Symposium offers speakers a safe space to speak freely about some of the challenges facing impact investing, and women's role in changing the face of investing more broadly making connections.”
    Anne Amanda Bangasser
    Director, Treehouse Investments
  • Anita Hlibczuk
    “The High Water Women Investing for Impact Symposium brought together a diversified group of professionals from different industries who all shared a passion for impact investing. I was impressed by the quality of the speakers and their accomplishments. It was also a great venue for networking and making connections.”
    Anita Hlibczuk
    Senior Analyst, Harris Douglas Asset Management
  • Employee
    “It wasn’t just the content that was great. This event had soul.”
    Big Bank
  • Gil Crawford
    “I do this for a living …and this is the best I’ve ever been to. Just let me know how we can help next year.”
    Gil Crawford
    Founder, Microvest
  • Representative
    “Better than Davos.”
    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation