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Raising Leaders, Raising Millions

Advancing Reproductive Health & Justice

Infographic for RLRM

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Around the world, women’s access to reproductive health continues to be shaped by misinformation, lack of funding, and lack of access to essential services. It’s a challenge that women’s funds and foundations are uniquely poised to address — not only through the grants they make, but also through the awareness, networks, and leadership they nurture in the communities they serve.

In 2011, Women’s Funding Network spearheaded the creation of Raising Leaders, Raising Millions, an initiative focused on shifting the conversation about reproductive health and justice issues in collaboration with seven women’s funds and key partners. Through new messaging and stronger donor engagement, participants invested in their communities to address those problems while creating tools and practices for other communities to use.

A key part of this initiative was in-person learning and sharing across continents. In 2013, in collaboration with Women Donors Network, we hosted a donor retreat in New York City. In 2014, we hosted a retreat in Accra, Ghana. Both events provided space to broaden the conversation on reproductive health, share strategies for engaging new audiences, and deepen personal connections to the movement.

Messaging Toolkits

We are proud to share the new Put the Power in Her Hands messaging toolkits below. These were created through focus groups with over 90 donors to find messages that inspire them to give. A second version was tailored to messaging within African countries. Additional materials from Raising Leaders, Raising Millions (e.g., retreat presentations) are available to members of Women’s Funding Network. Please contact us to request them.



Key Results

  • Over $1.1 million raised
  • $120,000 given by millennial donors, strengthening the future of the movement
  • 625 donors engaged, including more than 200 new donors
  • 59% average increase in giving by existing donors — more than twice what participants had projected at the initiative’s start


Participating Members