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WFN Receives Ford Foundation Grant to Advance Participatory Grant-Making

Last month, the Women’s Funding Network (WFN) team attended the biennial UNITY Summit presented by CHANGE Philanthropy.  We are proud to be a long-time partner of CHANGE which also includes Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP)Asian American/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP)Association of Black Philanthropic Executives (ABFE), Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP)Funders for LGBTQ Issues, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP), Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE), and Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAIP).  WFN presented two conference sessions focused on philanthropy with a gender lens and helped to curate the CEO track. The summit was attended by over 1,000 changemakers committed to creating a more inclusive, equitable and just society.

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WFN Receives Prestigious $1.69 Million Grant to Advance Economic Mobility for Women & Girls

Press Release

SAN FRANCISCO, December 16, 2019—The Women’s Funding Network, the world’s largest network of foundations investing in women and girls, has received a $1.69 million grant to establish a cohort of ten women’s foundations whose collaborative efforts will be harnessed to increase women’s economic mobility in their communities.

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A donor who gets out of her comfort zone, learning about her own power along the way

Cynthia Nimmo, WFN’s President and CEO Interviews Carol Andreae, philanthropist and a founder of the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio

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Coming Face to Face with a Personal Hero at Women Funded 2019

Rory Shields, controller for The Asia Foundation, recently found himself among hundreds of attendees at Women Funding Network’s (WFN) biennial conference, Women Funded 2019: Leadership for a Changing World. While he came to hear his personal hero speak—former President of Ireland Mary Robinson—he was also inspired by She the People Founder and President Aimee Allison. Read more about his experience below.

Rory Shields with former President of Ireland Mary Robinson.

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The Women’s Funding Movement in Action

Women Funded 2019

Women Funded 2019: The Epicenter of the Women’s Funding Network

 

Over two and a half days this past September, the Women’s Funding Network (WFN) embodied its tagline of “A Powerful Network, A Movement for Change” with its biennial conference Women Funded 2019: Leadership for a Changing World

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WHAT SHE SAID…a poetic collage of Women Funded 2019 Day One

DIEDRE said

it all starts with diversity…embracing diversity…is the only way to stay relevant.

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Kevin Powell: Making the World a Better Place for Women

WFN Keynote Speaker Kevin Powell.

Celebrated author and activist Kevin Powell is keynote speaker for Women Funding Network’s upcoming Women Funded 2019: Leadership for a Changing World. Here, Kevin talks about the importance of “allyship” and what mentors like Gloria Steinem have taught him.

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Statement in Support of Congresswomen of Color

Women’s funds and foundations around the world are adding their names to our collective statement in support of our country’s female elected officials of color. These signatories represent millions of dollars in grantmaking for gender equity per year, and this statement represents our unity in standing up for all women who serve in government and in other arenas.

Click here to read our collective statement.

 

Beth Kanter on the Unique Challenges Facing Working Women

Beth Kanter

 

Beth Kanter, acclaimed author and non-profit thought leader, will speak at WFN’s upcoming Leadership for a Changing World conference this fall in San Francisco. We caught up with her to hear a little more about her thoughts on gender equity and the unique challenges female leaders face. 

At our conference this fall, you will lead a session on how female leaders can be healthier and happier. How do you think the challenges women leaders face differ from those of their male counterparts?
The World Health Organization has recently classified workplace burnout as an illness, in order to call attention to the negative impact of work-related stress that impacts everyone—no matter their gender. While both men and women can suffer from burnout due to toxic workplace culture, it seems to affect women at higher rates (according to a recent study from Montreal University).

Women’s work does not end with their day job and they often end up being responsible for the majority of family or household “life” duties, including meal preparation, cleaning, and caring for kids, among other tasks. “Personal” time often becomes “work time.” The challenge for women, who are natural caretakers, is to balance relaxation time with family responsibilities and their professional work.      

In my workshop, I’ll be covering the symptoms of burnout so women are aware of this, but also how to craft a self-care that is the antidote to burnout.

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Lifting Families out of Poverty: WFN & the 2Gen Approach

Marcia Coné

Women’s Funding Network Chief Strategist Marcia Coné is passionate about the Two-Generation (2Gen) Approach to breaking the cycle of poverty for women and their families. Here, she talks about WFN’s efforts to support its members in implementing the 2Gen philosophy and theoretical framework, as well as the work of the 2Gen Advocacy Cohort and their recent wins.

What is a 2Gen Approach?
When we think about poverty, programs are typically targeted to the needs of different members within the family. For example, you might have a child in a Head Start Program, while the parent is getting job training. This is helpful, but the 2Gen approach—which was developed by the Aspen Institute—looks at ways of addressing the family as a whole system and meeting their individual needs simultaneously, through multi-generational programming and policies. Two-generation approaches draw from findings that the well-being of parents is crucial to their children’s well-being and conversely, parents’ ability to succeed in school and in the workplace is substantially affected by how well their children are doing.

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