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$5 Million Response, Recovery, and Resilience Collaborative Fund

The Women’s Funding Network is committed to not only ensuring all women’s funds remain operational, but that through this collaboration and intentional resourcing of the field, we will center women and gender nationally and at the local level in the rebuilding of our economic and healthcare infrastructure. The goal is not just sustainability, but also the emergence of this philanthropic sector as vital, influential, and at a stronger place by 2022 than we were pre-COVID.  

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WFN Announces Regional Women’s Economic Mobility Hub Cohort

Women’s funds partner with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to promote economic mobility for women and girls in wake of the COVID crisis

SAN FRANCISCO — Women’s Funding Network today announced the cohort selection for its Regional Women’s Economic Mobility Hub project, as part of an 18-month effort funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to increase support and resources necessary to advance economic mobility among women and girls. The project is being launched at a pivotal time when economic mobility is essential to surviving the financial uncertainties resulting from the COVID crisis. The cohort includes Chicago Foundation for Women, Maine Women’s Fund, The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham, Women’s Foundation of Arkansas, Iowa Women’s Foundation, Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona, The Women’s Foundation of Colorado, Western New York Women’s Foundation and Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis.

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WFN Members Statement of Solidarity and Condemnation of Police Brutality

Today, amidst ongoing protests against police violence, spurred by the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, members of the Women’s Funding Network, issued a statement of solidarity with Black communities and condemned police brutality and systemic racism. The statement is a call to action for philanthropy to support community-based solutions. See the full statement here.

WFN announces ‘Signal for Help’ program, a new lifeline for those trapped at home with abusers

A hand signal provides those experiencing violence in home isolation a way to discreetly communicate when they need help. 

SAN FRANCISCO — To address the widely reported worldwide rise of domestic violence during the COVID19 crisis, the Women’s Funding Network is launching the “Signal for Help,” an online initiative to assist those experiencing gender-based violence during pandemic stay at home orders. Signal for Help is a simple single-hand gesture that can be visually and silently displayed during video calls, to alert family, friends or colleagues that an individual needs help and that they would like someone to check in safely with them. The program will assist survivors of intimate partner violence who may be connecting with friends, family and colleagues via video chats and meetings.

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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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