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Emergent Fund in the News

August 13, 2020 /

The Emergent Fund was featured in a new article by Giving Compass entitled, “Rapid, Flexible, And Impactful Philanthropy? Emergent Fund Shows Us How It’s Done.” Emergent Fund uses a five-point grantmaking approach that is rapid, flexible, participatory, values-driven, and flips the dynamic of power. Since its inception in 2016, Emergent Fund has demonstrated that getting dollars […]

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Reflective Democracy in the News

The Reflective Democracy Campaign is back in the news: the Campaign’s research was cited in the New York Times‘ “On Politics” column about the symbolism and real policy advantages to having a woman of color as Vice President. Our grantee And She Could be Next, a two-part documentary series on female history makers filmed by […]

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In a Time of Upheaval, Sheriffs Finally Face Scrutiny

June 8, 2020 /

Our Reflective Democracy Campaign has released its latest report on the demographics of elected sheriffs and it’s unequivocal: America’s sheriffs are nearly all white men. Sheriffs commonly oversee residential evictions, domestic violence calls, traffic stops, polling place monitoring, and criminal investigations. 75% of sheriffs voluntarily collaborate with ICE to hold undocumented people in custody for […]

Message from WDN President & CEO: Our Collective Grief, Anger, and Action

May 29, 2020 /

Dear WDN Community, I’m writing to you during a time of collective grief and profound anger, and in solidarity with those on the ground in Minnesota who are demanding that George Floyd‘s life matter—and those around the globe who are demanding that Black Lives Matter. For those who want to support organizers in Minnesota, here are […]

WDN-backed Hive Fund in the News

May 25, 2020 /

WDN (through our Safe & Sustainable Impact Collective) co-founded and provided early funding for an exciting new project: The Hive Fund for Climate and Gender Justice. The Fund was recently profiled in Inside Philanthropy (subscription required) and Philanthropy Women. WDN Vice President Tamara Chao and WDN Member Jane Breyer (who is also a VP at the Energy […]

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Emergent Fund awards second round of COVID-19 Relief Grants

May 18, 2020 /

Already since January 2020, WDN members have proudly moved $750,000 to the Emergent Fund, with $450,000 since the pandemic. $100,000 of this funding was specifically designated for COVID-response work. In just the last month and a half, this funding has been leveraged into over $1.4 million in commitments to COVID-response funding from other funders and […]

WDN Moves $2 Million Start of Pandemic

We know that these are frightening times. We’ve all been worrying about the health and safety of those we love and the communities we hold dear. In the face of that fear, our network has stepped up to the moment. In the midst of this pandemic, we’re proud to share that the WDN community has […]

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