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Initiatives

Collective Action on Critical Issues

Women’s Funding Network helps imagine, incubate, and lead initiatives, programs, and collective action on key issues. While the issues have evolved over time, the power of using our collective voice continues to unite our network for action.

 

2-Generation Learning Lab & Advocacy Cohort

The Women’s Funding Network launched a 2-Generation Initiative in 2017. As part of the Initiative, the WFN created a 2-Generation Advocacy Cohort which includes: Women’s Foundation of Colorado, Women’s Foundation of Dallas, Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona, and The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham. The Cohort gathered in New York City in May 2018 to set their strategies for the year-to-come. Part of their time together included advocacy communications training by Ascend Fellow, Roxane White. Ms. White has 25 years of executive leadership experience, including CEO of local, statewide, and national nonprofits, Cabinet Secretary, and Chief of Staff to a mayor and governor. Roxane will continue to engage with Advocacy Cohort as a mentor and coach to support the forward momentum happening in all 4 states (CO, TX, AZ, and AL).

In addition, the 2-Gen Initiative includes a Learning Lab. To-date, 22 women’s funds and foundations have participated in the 2Gen Learning Lab, which includes participating in three webinars which explore the background of two generation program and policy strategy featuring Sarah Griffen, the theory of change and strategic framework featuring Marjorie Sims, Managing Director of Ascend, and Evaluating Policy Advocacy Efforts featuring Lisa Korwin, of Korwin Consulting.

The WFN 2-Gen Initiative also includes several technical assistance grants that have been made available to participating members to support training and education, coaching, and implementation of two-generation strategies.

Interested in joining the learning lab? Email Marcia Coné, Chief Strategist, Women’s Funding Network, at mcone@womensfundingnetwork.org.

 

PROSPERITY TOGETHER

Prosperity Together is a nonpartisan, $100-million coalition of 28 women’s funds and foundations dedicated to improving the economic security of low-income women and their families in America. Learn more.

 

Partnership for Women’s Prosperity

Women’s economic security is more than a women’s issue—it is also a catalyst for family and community change. When we help women connect to good jobs, the impact spreads wide. This is why women’s economic security continues to be a focus for our members, with over 80% of grants within the women’s funding community directed to women and girls with low to no income. Partnership for Women’s Prosperity is a collective effort by six women’s funds and foundation to unleash the economic power of economically vulnerable women – community by community. Learn more.

 

EQUAL BY 2030

Women’s Funding Network connects the work of women’s foundations to the United Nation’s goal of achieving gender equality worldwide by 2030. Our members have been securing rights and advancing change for decades. EQUAL BY 2030 provides a much-needed platform to collectively measure the change being made. Take action now.

 

Past Initiatives

Over the course of our 30-year history, Women’s Funding Network has engaged in a number of issues, special initiatives, and collaborative campaigns with members, donor activists, and partner organizations. View some of our past initiatives, or learn more about our history.

If you are interested in connecting to these initiatives as a member, please contact us. If you would like to support women’s funds and foundations to continue this kind of collective action, join the movement with your gift today.