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Creating Impact Through Gender Lens Investing (GLI)

Join Women’s Funding Network and Veris Wealth Partners for a GLI webinar on Tuesday, March 5 at 10 am. To register, click here.

 

Gender Lens Investing (GLI) continues to be one of the most exciting areas of impact and sustainable investing. In the 12 months ended June 30, 2018, Gender Lens Investing rose 85% to a record $2.4 billion, according to analysis by impact wealth management firm Veris Wealth Partners, The number of explicitly gender lens strategies holding publicly traded securities also continued to increase. In 2014, Veris identified eight investing vehicles. As of mid-year 2018, the number had more than quadrupled to 35.

“The growth of Gender Lens Investing is one of the most positive developments that has been overshadowed by the gender pay gap, lack of women on boards and sexual harassment scandals,” said Patricia Farrar-Rivas, CEO of Veris Wealth Partners. “GLI is one of the best opportunities to mobilize capital and remedy social issues we need to put behind us.”

Here are some other trends Veris identified:

  • The growth of GLI mutual funds and ETFs is democratizing access to impact and gender lens investing. GLI mutual funds, exchange traded funds, exchange traded notes and CDs attracted $1.2 billion in capital – 50% of the total $2.4 billion invested as of June 30, 2018. Ten new funds were launched between January 2017 and August 2018.
  • Investors are moving from single products to fully diversified GLI portfolios. Investors are constructing complete GLI portfolios to address gender-based violence, women’s chronic under-representation in leadership, and to spur innovation in women’s health care, among other issues.
  • Gender Lens investors are changing corporate priorities. Companies and asset managers increasingly view gender equity and balance as competitive advantages. They are changing their policies to attract and retain talent and to implement good corporate governance.
  • The GLI ecosystem is expanding rapidly. Institutional support for GLI is growing as foundations, pension funds, academics, governments, NGOs and research organizations embrace the category.

Click here to download the full analysis.

Want to know more about GLI? Join us as we partner with Veris Wealth Partners on Tuesday, March 5 at 10 am for an exciting webinar: Gender Lens Portfolio in Action. To register, click here

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

Advancing Women’s Economic Security

Cynthia Nimmo describes the ways women's foundations are moving women out of poverty, the overall impact of the network, and why sharing our stories makes all the difference.

Cynthia Nimmo describes the ways women’s foundations are moving women out of poverty, the overall impact of the network, and why sharing our stories makes all the difference.

Cynthia Nimmo, President and CEO of the Women’s Funding Network, introduces an Economic Security Digital Storytelling Platform that highlights economic security data and grantmaking strategies, as well as powerful stories of the women, programs, and organizations that are driving and creating positive change for women.

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Press Release: Women’s Funding Network Launches Economic Security Digital Storytelling Platform

Media contact: Bilen Mesfin, Change Consulting, 510-681-5978, bilen@change-llc.com

The largest philanthropic network in the world dedicated to women and girls unveils interactive online tool to amplify the stories of women, their families, and their communities.

SAN FRANCISCO – September 20, 2016 – Women’s Funding Network today announced the launch of a new Economic Security Digital Storytelling Platform at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting. The uniquely interactive digital tool seeks to bring attention to a leading challenge facing women in the U.S. and around the world—economic security—and lift up the vital work of women’s foundations that are addressing this issue. Read More

Vermont Women’s Fund builds strong partnerships with private and public sectors

Change the Story

Change the Story

In Vermont, 43% of women who work full-time do not make enough to cover basic living expenses, such as food, housing, transportation, and healthcare.

To radically change the story for these women, Vermont Women’s Fund decided they needed to scale their efforts. To do this: they needed partners.

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The Future of Women-Led Philanthropy

On October 28th, Women’s Funding Network hosted an intimate gathering of over 40 Bay Area leaders to discuss the Future of Women-Led Philanthropy.

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Cultivating a New Generation of Donors

Spark’s Amanda Brock gives Women’s Funding Network the scoop on how her organization has succeeded in engaging Millennials in philanthropy…and how we can too!

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Gender Transformative Giving: A Report on the Next Phase of Feminist Philanthropy

This report, co-authored by Women’s Funding NetworkTrue Child, and Public Interest Projects, is meant to catalyze a larger conversation around how we view philanthropy and how gifts can impact greater social change when work is conceived through a gender lens.

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Creating Leadership in Philanthropy through Constituent Involvement

Hear from trustee of the Valentine Foundation, Laura Morris, who shares why constituent involvement is necessary for bold, visionary philanthropy. Read More