Network News September 2008
At Women's Funding Network:
Mobilize Your Community Around Poverty Day 2008
Poverty Day is fast approaching and there are a number of ways you can promote the work your fund does to dismantle poverty and involve your community.
We are again teaming up with UNIFEM to urge people to sign the online petition hosted by the U.N.-affiliated Stand Up & Take Action campaign. The Millennium Campaign’s main Stand Up site will be specifically supporting the important role women have in alleviating poverty and increasing security in countries around the world. This year participants will have three days to sign up (Friday, October 17 through Sunday, October 19).
As part of the UNIFEM partnership, we continue to encourage you to spread the word about the Say No to Violence campaign, which has already gathered more than 230,000 signatures since it launched in November 2007. For Poverty Day, UNIFEM is distributing facts and figures that show the link between gender-based violence and poverty and calling on supporters to Say No to Violence as part of their commitment to end poverty. This action is particularly fitting as October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
You can go to UNIFEM’s Say No online headquarters to see a variety of ways you can get involved.
Save the Date! Get Ready for Conference 2009
The Women's Funding Network's annual conference will be held in Atlanta from April 29 through May 2, 2009. This will be our 25th conference and we are anticipating a high-energy schedule packed with learning, sharing and networking. Please mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more information!
Meet the Lutheran Volunteer Corps Fellows at Women’s Funding Network for 2008-2009
Communications Fellow Rachel Herzfeldt-Kamprath and Membership Programs Fellow Mejin Leechor joined the Women’s Funding Network team in late August. Both are members of the Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC), a yearlong service program that places full-time volunteers in social justice organizations in twelve cities in the United States. LVC volunteers live together in intentional household communities of 4-7 people, explore spirituality in light of their work, and strive to practice simple and sustainable living.
This is the third year that the Women’s Funding Network has hosted LVC volunteers. Maren Anderson, our former LVC Membership Programs Fellow, left us in early August to pursue her Master's in Public Policy at the University of Minnesota.
Calling All Communications Staffers: Does Your Fund Publish an Annual Report?
Atlanta Women's Foundation Communications Director Jen Bain wants to know if your fund does or does not publish an annual report? Let her know by joining the Communications Staffers discussion group on the Women's Funding Network site. If you are not already registered to use the site, go to http://www.wfnet.org/user/register to get a username and password. After you've registered, log into the site and let us know if you do publish an annual report or not at http://www.wfnet.org/the-network/groups/communications-staff.
Judy Patrick New President & CEO of Women’s Foundation of California
Judy Patrick was promoted to president and CEO of the Women’s Foundation of California on September 4 after over nine years of experience leading the Foundation’s grantmaking and policy work as Executive Vice President of Programs.
Judy has worked with the Foundation to bridge social justice movements, fund emerging grassroots organizations, and unite leaders and organizations through conferences and research. Judy also developed the Foundation’s Women’s Policy Institute -- an innovative program designed to teach nonprofit women leaders to be policy advocates.
Pray the Devil Back to Hell
Award-winning director Gini Reticker and President of the Daphne Foundation Abigail E. Disney teamed up to tell the extraordinary story of a group of visionary women who united to fight for peace in a civil war-torn Liberia. The documentary features interviews, images of the civil war, and scenes of present-day Liberia that illustrate the experiences and stories of the women who bravely demanded peace for their country.
The movie opens November 7, 2008 in New York City at Cinema Village, 22 E. 12th Street, New York, NY 10003, 212-924-3363. For more information about the film, please go to the Pray the Devil Back to Hell Website.
Host a movie screening as a fundraiser! Abby Disney is making the generous offer to share costs associated with women's funds who are interested in working with their local movie theaters to host a screenings of Pray the Devil Back to Hell. Take advantage of this great opportunity to highlight the power of the women’s movement globally. For more information on this opportunity contact Rachel Herzfeldt-Kamprath at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 441-0706.
Center on Philanthropy Symposium Nov. 13-14: Moving Women's Philanthropy Forward
The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University's 20th Annual Symposium, "Moving Women's Philanthropy Forward: Influences, Intent, Impact," in Indianapolis on November 13-14, 2008 presents an opportunity for senior-level nonprofit and foundation professionals, fundraisers, and other decision makers to gain a deeper understanding of the evolving, versatile field of women's philanthropy.
Through a mix of keynote and breakout sessions, participants will explore this multifaceted arena and will reflect on women's roles in philanthropy in the United States and around the world. Keynote speakers include Lisa Witter, Chief Operating Officer, Fenton Communications; Anne Mosle, Vice President for Programs, W. K. Kellogg Foundation; Kimberly B. Davis, Vice President, Global Philanthropy, and President, JPMorgan Chase Foundation; and Julie Fisher Cummings, Managing Trustee, Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation with daughter Ms. Caroline Cummings. Please register today at http://www.philanthropy.iupui.edu to reserve your spot!
Events at Women's Funds
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To learn about exciting job and internship opportunities offered by Women's Funding Network and member funds around the world please go to our Jobs page.
Research & Resources:
Women, Action and the Media (WAM!) 2009 Call for Proposals
The WAM! 2009 Conference is an opportunity for anyone concerned with achieving gender equality in the media to come together to share information and ideas, and develop innovative skills, and build collaborative relationships.
WAM! is seeking creative ideas for workshops, panels, strategy meetings, digital multimedia presentations or other conference offerings from anyone passionate about strengthening women’s presence in the media. WAM! encourages people to be creative with the topic, content and means of presentation in their session proposals. WAM! especially invites women with diverse backgrounds and viewpoints to submit proposals.
For more information, please go to the WAM! Call for Proposals website.