Happy Giving Tuesday

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Dear Colleagues, 

How did it come to this? Giving Tuesday. What was meant to be a call for global generosity – has now become more like the Hunger Games of fundraising, with NGOs everywhere competing over seemingly limited funds. It doesn’t have to be this way.

As part of an international movement of feminist philanthropists, we take an abundance mindset–that when one of us succeeds, we all do; that we’re stronger together; that there is enough to go around for all of us. All of the organizations in our network are doing vital work to combat the historic challenges we’re facing: economic insecurity during record inflation, a caregiving crisis, an increase in gender-based violence, and the erosion of reproductive rights, among so many other critical areas.  Each one of these organizations is needed and worthy. 

That’s why today we are asking our communities to increase their total Giving Tuesday gifts from, an average 2 percent, to 10 percent giving to organizations supporting equity and justice for women, girls, and nonbinary people.

We know that even this small increase in giving means that, instead of picking winners and losers, donors are helping fund an ecosystem of change that includes grassroots groups, embedded intermediaries like women’s funds, and global networks, like WFN, who are helping build collective power. 

This Giving Tuesday, think of what we can achieve together with a gift to WFN , or if you haven’t already, to any of the groups in our alliance.  

Thank you for joining us in this movement for change.

​​In Solidarity, 

Elizabeth Barajas-Román
Women’s Funding Network 
President & CEO

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