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More Than 6% of the Population But Less Than 1% of Elected Officials?

May 5, 2021 /

By: Brenda Choresi Carter, Campaign Director, The Reflective Democracy Campaign The Reflective Democracy Campaign has just released our first-of-its kind report mapping AAPI political leadership in the USA, #advanceAAPIpower.  Against the backdrop of mounting anti-Asian violence, we found that the AAPI community is the most politically under-represented demographic group in America, even in states with […]

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Tending to Self through Change with Member Sage Wheeler

May 4, 2021 /

You run your own business, Sage Coaching, to support women going through transitions. What key message do you communicate to women going through changes or challenges?   First off, this past year has thrown all of our nervous systems into varying stages of fight, flight, or freeze. Understand that we are our nervous system and begin with […]

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Barbara Jean Lee: The Lone Voice

By: Kathryn Snyder, WDN Director of Programs & Initiatives This month, WDN had the honor of hosting a screening of Abby Ginzberg’s documentary Truth to Power: Barbara Lee Speaks for Me, followed by a live panel with Representative Barbara Lee and Abby Ginzberg, moderated by Lateefah Simon, President of the Akonadi Foundation. These three women together spoke […]

Justice is More than a Verdict

April 20, 2021 /

Statement by Donna Hall, President & CEO, Women Donors Network We send love and strength to Minneapolis today, to the family and community of George Floyd. Real justice would mean George Floyd would still be alive today. Our collective breath was taken away from all of us the moment we witnessed the murder of George […]

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Shifting Power Through Participatory Grantmaking

April 15, 2021 /

Image credit: Tim Mossholder We are hungry for change. Hungry for new approaches. And most importantly, we are hungry for shifts in power. Now more than ever is the time to interrogate our most commonly held practices, and one such practice is the approach we take to allocating funds for our grantmaking. Attorney Bryan Stevenson, author […]

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WDN Board Treasurer Sharon Chen Is Stepping Into Power By Sharing It

Your background is in computer science engineering and you worked at Microsoft for 12 years. You’re also incredibly involved in philanthropy, political activism, and environmental justice. How has your career propelled your philanthropic and activist journey? As a young Asian female in tech in the 90’s who was one of three women in my class […]

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Meet Nadia Ismail: She’s leveling the playing field inside and outside of business

You’ve worked professionally in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) for over seven years. Can you share more about why you’ve chosen DEI as your professional focus? What DEI lessons do you think the world of philanthropy needs to learn? I began my work in learning and development and discovered that that work on its own […]

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Stand United to Stop Hate Against the AAPI Community

March 11, 2021 /

Image credit: Jon Tyson We believe everyone should be able to live a secure, peaceful, and productive life. We must work to build a more balanced society and economy that removes obstacles for people struggling to make ends meet, and ensure that all people enjoy basic human rights and freedom from discrimination, violence, and oppression. […]

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Meet Aparna Rae: She’s Doing Big Things in DEI

Aparna Rae, entrepreneur and founder of Moving Beyond, a consulting firm that works to embed diversity, equity, and inclusion across all aspects of impact investing, tells us how she came to do this work, why she joined the Women Donors Network, and gives us the scoop on Moving Beyond’s 2021 Workplace survey series. Tell us […]

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Rising to the Moment: Our 2020 Annual Report

February 4, 2021 /

2020 was a year we were called upon to respond to a pandemic, an economic crisis, a nation-wide reckoning with racial justice, and continued assaults on our democracy—all happening in the context of the most important election of our lives. The pandemic may have changed the way we connect and work, but our strategy remained […]

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