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Advancing Women’s Economic Security

Cynthia Nimmo describes the ways women's foundations are moving women out of poverty, the overall impact of the network, and why sharing our stories makes all the difference.

Cynthia Nimmo describes the ways women’s foundations are moving women out of poverty, the overall impact of the network, and why sharing our stories makes all the difference.

Cynthia Nimmo, President and CEO of the Women’s Funding Network, introduces an Economic Security Digital Storytelling Platform that highlights economic security data and grantmaking strategies, as well as powerful stories of the women, programs, and organizations that are driving and creating positive change for women.

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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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Press Release: Women’s Funding Network Launches Economic Security Digital Storytelling Platform

Media contact: Bilen Mesfin, Change Consulting, 510-681-5978,

The largest philanthropic network in the world dedicated to women and girls unveils interactive online tool to amplify the stories of women, their families, and their communities.

SAN FRANCISCO – September 20, 2016 – Women’s Funding Network today announced the launch of a new Economic Security Digital Storytelling Platform at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting. The uniquely interactive digital tool seeks to bring attention to a leading challenge facing women in the U.S. and around the world—economic security—and lift up the vital work of women’s foundations that are addressing this issue. Read More

Vermont Women’s Fund builds strong partnerships with private and public sectors

Change the Story

Change the Story

In Vermont, 43% of women who work full-time do not make enough to cover basic living expenses, such as food, housing, transportation, and healthcare.

To radically change the story for these women, Vermont Women’s Fund decided they needed to scale their efforts. To do this: they needed partners.

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Bulgarian Fund for Women’s Provocative Campaign to Put a Face to Gender-Based Violence


One in four Bulgarian women—that is over one million—are victims of physical or sexual violence.

Of these women, 67% did not report these acts of violence to the authorities due to feelings of guilt or shame. With the #Every4th campaign, the Bulgarian Fund for Women (BFW) decided it was time to change this.

Through an animated video (above), their 16-day, call-to-action campaign asked: What is the true face of violence?

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New Report: Partnership for Women’s Prosperity

Advancing women and girls’ economic security is more than a women’s issue—it is also a catalyst for family and community change.

Formed in 2011, the Partnership for Women’s Prosperity (PWP) is a national partnership of six leading women’s foundations and the Women’s Funding Network working together to unleash the economic power of all women — community by community. PWP supports the efforts of economically vulnerable women to gain financial and economic security through education, job training, and employment opportunities. Read More

Spark: Engaging Millennials in Policy Advocacy

Spark is educating and training the next generation of philanthropists to invest in the advancement of gender equality around the globe. For over ten years they’ve been engaging millennials in fundraising and crowd-sourced grantmaking programs—now they’re taking on policy advocacy.

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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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New Reports: Most States Fall Short on Work and Family Policies and Women’s Political Leadership

Two new reports released today in the Status of Women in the States: 2015 series, published by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), find that most states fall far short on work and family policies and women’s political leadership.

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New IWPR Report Shines a Spotlight on Women’s Health and Safety Across the U.S.

New data released today by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), as part of its Status of Women in the States: 2015 series, finds wide disparities across the states and among racial/ethnic groups when it comes to women’s health and safety.

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