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Leadership & Political Participation Archives - Women's Funding Network

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 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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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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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.

 

Women’s Funding Network Corporate Spotlight – Equal Pay

In our monthly series, Women’s Funding Network Corporate Spotlight, we take a deeper look at corporations making strides in advancing gender equity, women’s economic security, and women’s leadership. From increasing the number of women on corporate boards and C-level positions to releasing company-wide pay data, committing to transparency in reporting workplace sexual harassment and contributing to the increase of philanthropic funding to women and girls globally, we strive to spotlight those in the private sector who are moving the needle to a more equitable world. Our hope is that this list calls attention to organizations who are accelerating momentum both in their own workforce as well as outside of it in order to inspire change in others.

Our intention is to recognize efforts and initiatives led by companies who create impact. We monitor and rely on data and reports originally released by Bloomberg, Forbes, Equileap and many others.

The companies featured this month have either successfully closed their wage gap or are taking dedicated steps and initiatives to close their wage gaps.

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Women’s Funding Network Corporate Spotlight

In our monthly series, Women’s Funding Network Corporate Spotlight, we take a deeper look at corporations making strides in advancing gender equity, women’s economic security, and women’s leadership. From increasing the number of women on corporate boards and C-level positions to releasing company-wide pay data, committing to transparency in reporting workplace sexual harassment and contributing to the increase of philanthropic funding to women and girls globally, we strive to spotlight those in the private sector who are moving the needle to a more equitable world. Our hope is that this list calls attention to organizations who are accelerating momentum both in their own workforce as well as outside of it in order to inspire change in others.

Our intention is to recognize efforts and initiatives led by companies who create impact. We monitor and rely on data and reports originally released by Bloomberg, Forbes, Equileap and many others.

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Rise Up: Protecting Malawi’s Girls from Early Marriage

More than half of Malawian girls marry before age 18. But not Memory Banda.

Memory Banda advocating with a Parliamentarian

Memory Banda advocating with a Parliamentarian

Unlike so many girls in her own community, Memory stayed in school and refused to marry until she finished her education. She beat the odds, defied convention, and fought to change the future for all girls.  Read More