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2017 Member Benefits

As a member, you are part of a global community of more than 100 women’s funds, foundations, and grantmaking organizations. 

WOMEN’S FUNDING NETWORK MEMBERSHIP
  • Strengthens your work—from the day-to-day demands of changemaking to the leadership you provide in your community.
  • Provides opportunities for collective action on the big issues that matter most to women and girls around the world.
  • Amplifies your voice as part of the women’s funding movement.

Hear from our members.

 

EXPLORE OUR MEMBER BENEFITS

Biennial Conference: Convening Leaders From Around the World

Members receive heavily discounted conference registration rates, along with unique opportunities to highlight their work on a global stage.

Details:

  • In 2017, join us for Women Funded in San Francisco, September 6 – 8. Read more about Women Funded here.
  • What to expect: For more than 30 years, Women’s Funding Network’s global conference has brought together hundreds of women leaders from around the world—united to advance women and girls’ rights. Over three days, they explore latest research and data, debate new ideas and innovative thinking, and share investment strategies and programs that work. Curated side events provide valuable networking opportunities for members.
  • Over 350 people across private and public sectors attended Paths to Equity: Innovative Philanthropy for Women and Girls in 2015. Check out the program.
  • In 2015, 93% of surveyed attendees found the conference highly valuable to their work.

How to access your member benefit:

  • Automatic with membership.

Summits: Complimentary Registrations

Members receive 2 complimentary registrations for our summits, along with unlimited member-rate summit registrations.

 

Details:

  • In our alternating years to our biennial conference, Women’s Funding Network hosts more intimate summits to provide a deep immersion for our members into the barriers they are dismantling through policy advocacy and grantmaking.
  • What to expect: Our 1.5-day summits give members the opportunity to share, learn, and strategize for the future in an intimate setting. Attendees will leave with concrete action plans across sectors to further their work.
  • In 2016, nearly two-thirds of our members took advantage of complimentary registration. All up, over a quarter of our members joined other leaders in women’s philanthropy from the public and private sector at our sold-out summits in New Orleans and New York.
  • Over 90% of attendees respondents rated our summits as “excellent” or “good.”

How to access your member benefit:

  • Automatic with membership.

 

What members are saying about this benefit:

“It felt like lightbulbs were going off with the women realizing they could make an even bigger impact by investing the endowment money in areas aligned to their grant making missions. It is such an exciting opportunity and the beginning of a truly virtuous cycle!”

—New Orleans Summit Participant

 

“I feel inspired, re-energized, and hopeful.”

—Valerie Basset, Executive Director, Women’s Fund of Southeast Massachusetts

Interactive Funding Map: Increase Your Exposure

New! Launched in 2016. 

Members have the opportunity to be featured on the publicly available map, increasing their exposure and highlighting them as part of the global women’s funding movement. 

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Details:

  • Each year, Women’s Funding Network takes a snapshot of the investments made by the 100 women’s funding organizations within the network.
  • The Interactive Funding Map allows members and the general public to view this data—filter on grantmaking priorities, geographic reach, populations served, and more—to explore the women’s funding landscape, analyze funders giving patterns, and increase their knowledge about trends in philanthropy.
  • The map automatically links to your publications through integration with the Foundation Center’s IssueLab, affording greater exposure to your work, your research, and your impact within the context of the broader women’s movement.

How to access your member benefit:

  • Complete the annual member Network Intelligence Survey when you renew your membership.
  • Read more. 

Digital Storytelling Platform: Amplify Your Impact

New! Launched in September 2016 at Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

Members can submit stories to be featured on the Digital Storytelling Platform–a dynamic and engaging way to reach new audiences.

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Details:

  • The Digital Storytelling Platform allows you to explore data from Women’s Funding Network’s recent Economic Security Benchmarking report alongside the powerful stories of the women, the programs, and the organizations making an impact, breathing life into facts and figures.
  • Member stories breath life into facts and figures alongside, in detail, the strategies, programs, and indicators that women’s foundations are using to move women and their families out of poverty.
  • Stories link back to member donate pages, driving engaged viewers to support your organization.
  • Women’s Funding Network supports your content with social media campaigns and digital collateral.

How to access your member benefit:

  • You can submit stories directly through the platform. Click on the “Submit Story” button on the top right of the Digital Storytelling Platform for details.

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Virtual Learning Sessions: Maximize Your Event Fundraising

New in 2017!

Sign-up for this benefit by March 2017 to receive a complimentary Logitech camera and tripod for livestreaming purposes. 

Details:

  • Members are invited to join an exclusive online fundraising roundtable presented by Swell Fundraising. The virtual learning sessions will be held quarterly and each will cover a unique fundraising topic. Members are encouraged to interact, explore potential scenarios, and ask questions.
  • Topics include:
    • How to leverage livestream technology for your organization
    • Social media best practices for your event
    • Best practices for running an online fundraiser
    • What Women Want – cultivating female donors and board members (tips, best practices, mistakes to avoid)

About Swell Fundraising:

  • Swell Fundraising is committed to helping nonprofits expand their potential of their fundraising events by creating awareness and generating donations from an online community in addition to your guests. Their innovative platform provides an easy way to launch an event site and instantly create a peer to peer fundraising campaign. Their goal is to maximize the potential of your event so that you can do more good for women and girls.

How to access your member benefit:

What our members are saying about Swell Fundraising;

“I totally recommend working with Brooke and her team. She is a smart and dedicated woman. We are doing the SMART Party again this year in November and we are using the software for our Annual Dinner (Sept. 2016)”

—Karen Sterk, Executive Director, Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund

 

“We think the world of Swell and Brooke. She does what none of us could do, and we will use her services again in 2017 for our second SMART Party.”

—Carol Penick, Executive Director, Women’s Foundation of Mississippi

The Representation Project: 50% Discount on Film Screenings

Members receive a 50% discount on screening rates for The Representation Project films, along with access to a comprehensive toolkit and screening guide, and the option to host a Q&A with the film team.

Details:

  • Screen The Mask You Live In or Miss Representation in your community—inspire individuals to challenge and overcome limiting gender stereotypes.
  • Member screening prices:
    • The Mask You Live In: $250
    • Miss Representation: $150
  • Your complimentary toolkit and screening guide includes:
    • 50 postcards
    • 1 film poster
    • Community screening guide
    • Introduction video from Jennifer Siebel Newsom (The Mask You Live In)
    • Film images and logo
    • The Representation Project branded Eventbrite template
    • Promotion on The Representation Project website calendar (upon request)
    • PowerPoint slide with call-to-action bullet points (to display on screen after screening)
    • Press Kit
    • Screening survey

How to access your member benefit:

  • To book your screening, please contact our Partnerships Manager.

 

“The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem is pleased and appreciative of the Women’s Funding Network and The Representation Project partnership for offering members a discount of the film, The Mask You Live In. As a staff of one full-time person and one part-time, the additional media kit and resources provided were invaluable to making our event a success. It also reduced staff time gathering marketing materials and as a result we had a sold-out screening!”

—Eliza Walmsley, Communications and Program Manager, The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem

Webinars: Professional Development For Your Staff

Members receive complimentary access ($55 value per webinar!) to webinars hosted by the Women’s Funding Network on key issues, network campaigns, member profiles, and capacity-building—along with unlimited access to past webinars via our Webinar Library. Tune in live or at your convenience.

Details:

  • Gain practical knowledge and tools to deepen the impact of your work.
  • What to expect: Webinars usually run from 30 mins to 1 hour, during which experts share in latest trends, learnings, and strategies and facilitate a Q&A discussion.
  • Visit the Webinar Library to check out recent webinars.

How to access your member benefit:

Stay Connected: Newsletters, Listservs, Social

  • Network News: Monthly network updates, including member spotlights, funding and learning opportunities, exclusive invitations, and resources—essential news for the network. Sign-up here. View an example. 
  • Weekly Read: Every Friday, members receive a specially curated compilation of latest news and trending topics related to women’s rights, philanthropy, and social justice—stay up to date with latest news and conversations. Sign-up here. View an example.
  • CEO/E.D. Listserv: Get support at the top. Join over 100 women’s foundation CEOs and executive directors in this essential knowledge-sharing tool, connecting leaders in the network. Contact our Partnerships Manager to be added to the ED/CEO listserv
  • Social Media: With over 8,600 Facebook followers and over 77,700 Twitter followers (and growing!), we are committed to leveraging the full strength of our social media following to profile and advance the work of our members.
    • Check out our successful 2016 #SheLeadsToo campaign, profiling the women leaders within our network—the executive directors, the CEOs, the visionaries. Read more.

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Making the Million Dollar Ask: Cultivating Major Donors

Expanded program in 2017.

Members receive complimentary access to a range of Women Moving Million services that help you engage your major donors. 

Details:

  • Women Moving Millions (WMM) is a dynamic community of over 200 donors who have individually made philanthropic pledges at the million-dollar level to organizations that support and advance women and girls.
  • Your Women’s Funding Network member benefits include:
    • Complimentary one-on-one major donor engagement coaching for development staff to rapidly increase fundraising capacity.
    • Two complimentary capacity building webinars focused on cultivating high-net-worth and major donors.
    • Speakers from WMM’s Speakers Program for your fundraising events. Speakers include philanthropists deeply connected and experienced in the women’s movement. (Pricing is on a case-by-case basis, however most speakers offer their services pro-bono if located nearby and if travel and accommodation is covered.)
    • Members with a major donor that they are wishing to engage are invited to attend WMM’s Annual Summit in New York City, September 7 – 9, 2017.

How to access your member benefit:

  • For more information, or to sign-up for any of these benefits, contact our Partnerships Manager.

“WMM was instrumental in helping us prepare for our first 10-year anniversary ask. In our coaching session we learned about many ways we can engage our donors not just as funders, but as active partners in the future of Spark. We encourage other WFN members to take advantage of this phenomenal benefit.”

—Jackie Rotman, Former Executive Director, Spark

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Pro Bono Legal Services For You and Your Grantees

Members and their grantees are eligible to receive pro bono legal assistance through TrustLaw Connect, Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Details:

  • TrustLaw is an innovative program that links grantmaking organizations like yours with top global law firms that provide legal expertise for free.
  • By connecting with TrustLaw, you may receive:
    • Legal assistance. Sign-up to request legal assistance, for example incorporating under a new legal status, changing jurisdictions, employee handbook development and policies, partnership agreements, and more.
    • Policy advocacy development. Visit TrustLaw Connect to access complimentary legal guides, reports, comparative analyses, and webinars providing best practices for advocacy of legal reform or legal amendment proposals.
    • Networking. Sign-up to receive your invitation to the annual Trust Women Conference held in London—delegates commit to find practical solutions to empower women and address key issues, including girls’ education and women’s leadership worldwide.
  • Examples of how to take advantage of this benefit:
    • Equality Now, a global human rights organization, partnered with TrustLaw Connect to produce a landscape analysis of human trafficking and prostitution laws in fourteen countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The research is helping Equality Now understand existing laws and create a strategy for policy and legal reform towards the elimination of sex trafficking.
    • Open Cinema, a UK network of participatory film clubs for homeless or vulnerable people, received assistance in preparing a risk assessment template which could be applied to new venues in a range of social sector environments, as well as a health and safety policy for their staff.

How to access your member benefit:

Making the Case: Measure and Evaluate Your Social Impact

Members and their grantees receive complimentary full access to Making the Case—our methodology and online tool—to effectively measure and evaluate their impact.

Details:

  • Making the Case provides tools and common language for planning social change, capturing members’ work, and telling compelling stories of impact.
  • English, Spanish, and Russian versions available, along with online trainings and technical support.

How to access your member benefit:

  • Contact our Partnerships Manager for more information.

SmartGrowth: A life stage model for social change philanthropy

Members receive complimentary access to this specially designed tool.

Details:

  • This model provides a road map for organizational growth and effectiveness.

How to access your member benefit:

Collective Action Initiatives: The Power of the Network

Members may have the opportunity to participate in partnerships, cohorts, and collective action programs that advance the rights of women and girls.

Details:

  • Women’s Funding Network helps imagine, incubate, and lead initiatives and programs on key issues. While the issues have evolved over time, the power of using our collective voice continues to unite our Network for action.
  • Every initiative is an opportunity for deeper learning across our Network, which we support through convenings, workshops, webinars, and more.
  • Our initiatives typically engage a smaller group of member funds and foundations that are more directly involved in the targeted issues areas, building awareness, making grants, evaluating, or otherwise leading on the issue at hand.
  • Learn more about current initiatives.
  • Explore past initiatives.

How to access your member benefit:

 

“The WFN conference … was an intense ‘crash course’ in not just the national and international issues negatively impacting women, but also innovative solutions.”

—Jeanne Jackson, President & CEO, The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham

Have a question about member benefits? Contact us.