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Generations of Strong Women: Reflections on the Women’s Funding Network Summit from a Young Intern

Ann Smithson

Ann Smithson, Intern at the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi

As an intern with the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi, I was given the opportunity to attend the Women’s Funding Network Summit in New York City with my boss and mentor Carol Penick. Initially, I was unsure of what to expect and slightly overwhelmed at the prospect of meeting so many incredible women. My fears, however, quickly disappeared once I arrived. Read More

Where Preparation Meets Opportunity: Getting the 100K Grant

One declined proposal, a chance meeting at a summit, a few long discussions, et voila:

“Congratulations! The board of the Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded the Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund a grant of $100,000 to support the Empowering Women Through Education program.”

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From the Deltas of Botswana to the Board of Women’s Funding Network

Jane Sloane

Jane Sloane completed six years of service as a Women’s Funding Network Board Member in September 2016.

Jane Sloane, Director, Women’s Empowerment Program, Asia Foundation, reflects on her time on the Women’s Funding Network Board.

“My own awakening to the power of women’s funds occurred during the time of the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing.

Only I wasn’t at the conference, I was on a study tour with a group of environmentalists in the Okavango Delta in Botswana, having just finished directing the 6th International Feminist Book Fair. On this particular day, I was getting out of a canoe on the river bank when I looked back and watched two women paddling toward our camp. As they came closer, I stared. There was Gloria Steinem with, I think, Ann Roberts, one of the daughters of the late Nelson Rockefeller, paddling down the river.

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Prosperity Together Launches $100 Million Commitment to Women’s Economic Security

On November 13, at the White House Council on Women and Girls “Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color” summit, Prosperity Together—a coalition of 28 women’s foundations—announced a commitment of $100 million toward advancing women’s economic security. Cynthia Nimmo, CEO of Women’s Funding Network, was there.

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Join Us at #WomenLeading Philanthropy

Women are leading philanthropy today in unprecedented ways. Join Women’s Funding Network and The Women’s Philanthropy Institute of Indiana University for two days of powerful conversations and networking with women leaders in philanthropy who are creating social change.

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