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Responding to COVID-19

Dear Colleagues,

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into focus the core of WFN’s mission. We began with the vision that by democratizing philanthropy through local funds created by, and for, women, we could dismantle gender inequity region-by-region across the globe. Thirty years later we see that vision in action through your steadfast efforts during this unprecedented crisis.

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The After Party Podcast by WFN, Episode 2 (part 2)

Welcome to The After Party, a new podcast by the Women’s Funding Network!  We got the party started at WomenFunded 2019.  The After Party podcast will keep the party going, by hosting intimate conversations with the thinkers, leaders and all around bad-ass women who energized and inspired us all at WomenFunded 2019.  Listen, get to know these women better, and keep the party and the movement going!

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WFN’s Landscape of Women’s Economic Mobility

With support from the Gates Foundation, we’ve written the 2020 Landscape of Women’s Economic Mobility report which outlines these barriers, along with opportunities and the corresponding strategies implemented by women’s foundations across the U.S.  Pathways to success for women in the workplace and the broader economy must be created by, for, and about women.  Read more to understand how the economic security of women and their families is affected when a gender lens is applied.

Women’s Funding Network’s Landscape of Women’s Economic Mobility

The After Party Podcast by WFN, Episode 2 (Part 1)

Welcome to The After Party, a new podcast by the Women’s Funding Network!  We got the party started at WomenFunded 2019.  The After Party podcast will keep the party going, by hosting intimate conversations with the thinkers, leaders and all around bad-ass women who energized and inspired us all at WomenFunded 2019.  Listen, get to know these women better, and keep the party and the movement going!

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The After Party Podcast by WFN, Episode 1

Welcome to The After Party, a new podcast by the Women’s Funding Network!  We got the party started at WomenFunded 2019.  The After Party podcast will keep the party going, by hosting intimate conversations with the thinkers, leaders and all around bad-ass women who energized and inspired us all at WomenFunded 2019.  Listen, get to know these women better, and keep the party and the movement going!

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Leadership Announcement at Women’s Funding Network

San Francisco, Calif. ― After six years at the helm of one of the oldest women’s philanthropy organizations in the world, Cynthia Nimmo will be stepping down from her role as President and CEO of the Women’s Funding Network (WFN), effective Feb. 17, Julie Castro Abrams, Governance Chair of the organization’s Board of Directors announced today.

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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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