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Innovative Philanthropy Archives - Women's Funding Network

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

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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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


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

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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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Creating Impact Through Gender Lens Investing (GLI)

This webinar took place on March 5, 2019. To watch a recording of this webinar, please click here. You will be asked to enter your name and email address. 

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Where Preparation Meets Opportunity: Getting the 100K Grant

One declined proposal, a chance meeting at a summit, a few long discussions, et voila:

“Congratulations! The board of the Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded the Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund a grant of $100,000 to support the Empowering Women Through Education program.”

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#GivingTuesday: Get Ready!

There’s Black Friday. There’s Cyber Monday. Then there’s #GivingTuesday.

Get ready! On Tuesday, November 29, Women’s Funding Network is participating in the largest online global giving day: #GivingTuesday. Read More