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Our Most Recent Round of Grants! $1.57 Million to Frontline Movements

August 3, 2022 /

We are proud to share an update about our collective grantmaking. At WDN we are moving $1.57 million in funding to 17 impactful organizations that are building power where it is so desperately needed.  At last count at the end of June, we have moved over $15 million and supported 108 organizations. Thanks to the […]

Protect Our Democracy (POD) Steering Committee Grants $1.2 Million to Seven Organizations

August 3, 2022 /

The Protect Our Democracy (POD) Steering Committee is excited to announce that it has granted $1.2 million to seven organizations. With the help of consultants from Sojourn Strategies and because of more than 50 generous WDN donors, our grants are on their way right now to the organizations listed below. The breadth and strategic mission […]

Member Spotlight: Cathy Raphael Describes Her Values-Aligned Giving Plan

July 27, 2022 /

WDN member Cathy Raphael sees creating a values-aligned giving plan as a journey. She’ll dive into some Real Talk about it in our upcoming series, but before that, they joined us for a quick interview.  Cathy, we are overjoyed that you’ll be joining us for our series Real Talk! Why is important for the philanthropic […]

The Abortion Bridge Collaborative Fund Has Officially Launched!

July 18, 2022 /

WDN’s Abortion Bridge Collaborative Fund has launched! We are so proud that this fund will build the emergent and emergency infrastructure required to ensure access to abortion care for as many people, in as many places across the country, as possible.  There is a critical need for adaptive approaches to resourcing abortion providers, filling the […]

What Do Reparations Look Like?

June 6, 2022 /

The foundation for racial repair has been laid over generations. We still hear Fannie Lou Hamer’s voice echo across decades of organizing, guiding us on the path towards liberation: “Nobody’s free until everybody’s free.” The movement for reparations is for all of us; the road to reparations will take all of us. WDN’s Jean Hardisty […]

WDN Announces New President and CEO

June 1, 2022 /

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 1, 2022 SAN FRANCISCO — Women Donors Network (WDN) and WDN Action are proud to announce Leena Barakat as its next President & Chief Executive Officer.  Following an extensive national search, the WDN Board of Directors determined that Barakat’s demonstrated commitment to WDN’s work, her innovative leadership, and her track […]

In Communities, In Courtrooms, In Philanthropy, In the Streets – Celebrating the Transformative Leadership of AAPI Women

May 6, 2022 /

Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) women are reimagining our present. They are leading movements in their communities, in courtrooms, in philanthropy, and in the streets to bring us into a brighter world than the one we’re living in today. As we celebrate their heritage during the month of May, we also celebrate the future they […]

Member Spotlight: Elizabeth Monaghan Shares Thoughts on Multiyear Giving

May 6, 2022 /

In this lightning interview, WDN member Elizabeth Monaghan reflects on multiyear support and what it can mean for a donor and an organization. What does supporting WDN through a multiyear gift mean to you? Why commit a multiyear gift to WDN? Supporting WDN through a multiyear gift is an expression of my commitment to WDN […]

Shine On Our Work in 2021: Our Annual Report

April 28, 2022 /

Now, two years into the COVID-19 pandemic – complicated by vaccine misinformation, deep racism, climate crises, and economic insecurity for millions of people – women leaders, communities of color, and a new generation of activists are rising up. Together, we are creating a bold new vision. Read about WDN and WDN Action’s part in supporting […]

Our First Round of Grants for 2022: $2.67M!

April 22, 2022 /

“2021 was a year of learning. 2022 is a year of action.” – WDN Programs & Initiatives Manager, Summer Migliori Soto Anti-abortion advocates are expecting the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade in July, midterms are underway, we are at a tipping point in our response to climate change, and the number of anti-democratic […]

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