Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image

Capacity Building Archives - Women's Funding Network

$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.  

Read More

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

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

Beth Kanter on the Unique Challenges Facing Working Women

Beth Kanter


Beth Kanter, acclaimed author and non-profit thought leader, will speak at WFN’s upcoming Leadership for a Changing World conference this fall in San Francisco. We caught up with her to hear a little more about her thoughts on gender equity and the unique challenges female leaders face. 

At our conference this fall, you will lead a session on how female leaders can be healthier and happier. How do you think the challenges women leaders face differ from those of their male counterparts?
The World Health Organization has recently classified workplace burnout as an illness, in order to call attention to the negative impact of work-related stress that impacts everyone—no matter their gender. While both men and women can suffer from burnout due to toxic workplace culture, it seems to affect women at higher rates (according to a recent study from Montreal University).

Women’s work does not end with their day job and they often end up being responsible for the majority of family or household “life” duties, including meal preparation, cleaning, and caring for kids, among other tasks. “Personal” time often becomes “work time.” The challenge for women, who are natural caretakers, is to balance relaxation time with family responsibilities and their professional work.      

In my workshop, I’ll be covering the symptoms of burnout so women are aware of this, but also how to craft a self-care that is the antidote to burnout.

Read More

Welcome New Board Members

We are proud to welcome to our Board of Directors a group of five women who have dedicated their careers to the advancement of women and girls. Our new Board members represent the best of this network: bold leadership and the coming together of diverse voices from various industries in support of gender equity.

Read More

#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

Prosperity Together Launches $100 Million Commitment to Women’s Economic Security

On November 13, at the White House Council on Women and Girls “Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color” summit, Prosperity Together—a coalition of 28 women’s foundations—announced a commitment of $100 million toward advancing women’s economic security. Cynthia Nimmo, CEO of Women’s Funding Network, was there.

Read More