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Funding Where Democracy-Building, Grassroots Power, and Reproductive Rights Intersect

How do we continue sustaining long-term strategies and capacity-building while meeting the needs of the moment? In our final funding round for 2022, we granted $300,000 to three organizations at the intersection of civic empowerment, grassroots base-building, and reproductive rights (either because they have a reproductive justice strategy or because they’re building progressive power within […]

Warm Wishes for the Holidays

December 21, 2022 /

As we bring closure to 2022, I am reflecting on how inspired I am by the power and purpose of this community. Together we are movers, shakers, and (systems) change-makers. As donor-activists who commit to an equity and justice lens, we are in a constant state of meeting the moment, while proactively investing in the […]

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In Remembrance of WDN Members Susan Sandler and Mary Foley Cooper, Inspirations to Us All

December 20, 2022 /

On Friday and Saturday, December 16 and 17, beloved WDN members Susan Sandler and Mary Foley Cooper passed away. Many in our network had ties to at least one of them. With their passing, we have lost two dear community members whose brilliance, compassion, and dedication inspire us all.  Susan’s 18 years with WDN formed […]

In Tribute to the Magnificent Donna P. Hall

December 16, 2022 /

Donna P. Hall has worked at the cutting edge of public health at the Kaiser Foundation, incubated women’s funding at Rockefeller, earned her MBA from Stanford University in an era when women were marginalized to a mere 10% of the student body – and, over the last two decades, she has transformed Women Donors Network […]

Abortion Bridge Collaborative Sends $1.21M to the Repro Movement

December 15, 2022 /

Resourcing the Right People, Funding the Right Solutions The Abortion Bridge Collaborative (ABC) Fund sent out $1.21M to the reproductive health and justice landscape in our latest round of grantmaking. To date, this brings our grants to $2.6M. Under the leadership of our movement-centered Grantmaking Advisory Council with a low barrier-to-entry proposal and nomination network, […]

We Just Wrapped Our Annual Conference, Here Are the Highlights

December 2, 2022 /

We gathered at WDN Connect 2022 as a community of audacious women and filled our days and nights together with knowledge-sharing, commitment, and celebration. We were grounded in the memories of the past and inspired to grow into the future. It is abundantly clear that we are feminists, activists, donors, and doers working side by […]

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Abortion Bridge Collaborative Announces Grantees

November 3, 2022 /

Resourcing the Right People, Funding the Right Solutions With the overturning of Roe v. Wade, the Abortion Bridge Collaborative Fund was created to ensure enduring access to abortion care across the United States, move money rapidly to build critical and emergent infrastructure, and protect and advance reproductive justice. Using an open, grantee-centered common proposal and […]

Indigenous Leaders Share How We Can Reclaim Our Past, Present, and Future

October 25, 2022 /

Our country, this stolen land, harbors generations of white supremacy and oppression. Yet it also contains the medicine for moving forward. What if the best times are not behind us? What if they are ahead?  Indigenous communities are putting the “home” back in homeland by reclaiming what was stolen from them and practicing traditional culture, […]

Meet WDN’s 3 New Board Members!

October 14, 2022 /

It is with great pleasure that we announce our three new Board members for 2023: Mary Cooper, Zoe Mercer-Golden, and Nancy Westcott. As we complete a year of dynamic transition at WDN, our incoming cohort brings a deep and diverse set of intergenerational skills, professional experiences, and life experiences to the strategic work ahead. Mary […]

Grantee Spotlight: Disinformation Defense League – Liberating Communities from Disinformation

October 14, 2022 /

The Disinformation Defense League (DDL) is a national network of grassroots organizations that builds defenses against disinformation and misinformation campaigns targeting communities of color. WDN’s Participation and Representation initiative’s funding has helped them deliver narrative-based interventions, develop COVID-19 messaging and programming, and evaluate community needs. In the lead-up to the midterm elections and beyond, they […]

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