WDN in Forbes on the Rise of Women’s Philanthropy

February 2, 2018 /

As the administration issues daily threats against marginalized communities, we are stepping up by exerting our power and influence to support those most at risk in this political moment. Donor networks are stepping up in a big way. WDN President Donna Hall shared with Forbes, “women feel a lot more energized, responsible, and motivated to share their […]

Emergent Fund: Defying Philanthropy’s Hierarchical Streak

January 22, 2018 /

We relaunched the Emergent Fund for 2018! The Emergent Fund is is a joint project with WDN, Solidaire, Threshold Foundation, and the Democracy Alliance. Last year, the Fund moved $1.1 million and our participatory grantmaking model was recently featured in Inside Philanthropy, “Networks, especially those developed by women, tend to be more collaborative and less […]

New Report: Rapid Response Funding Works

December 11, 2017 /

Today, the Women Donors Network released a report in conjunction with Solidaire, Threshold Foundation, and the Democracy Alliance on a new rapid response fund model, launched in the weeks following Trump’s election.

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Get to know WDN (Video Series)

November 16, 2017 /

Get to know WDN through the voices of our members, grantees, and partners.   Our Collective Impact   WDN is Catalytic   WDN Centers Communities   WDN is Changing the Conversation If you’re interested in joining WDN, please visit our join page.

Notes from Atlanta: Recapping WDN Connect 2017

November 16, 2017 /

WDN Connect is our annual conference. We come together every year as a network and community. This year, we held our conference in Atlanta, GA. Read on for highlights from our invited speakers. Sally Yates Addresses WDN Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General (and Atlanta native) Sally Yates shared her story about refusing to defend Trump’s […]

Reflective Democracy Campaign Releases New Data

October 27, 2017 /

Last week, the Reflective Democracy Campaign launched its highly anticipated report and latest data on the demographics of power in America. The new data has been featured in national media including Cosmopolitan, Washington Post, and US News & World Report. In addition to updating our past data on the race and gender of candidates at […]

Emergent Fund grantees speak out against FBI surveillance of Black Lives Matter activists

October 23, 2017 /

In response to a leaked FBI memo identifying Black civil rights leaders as “Black Identity Extremists,” who pose a threat to national security, Shanelle Matthews (Black Lives Matter) and Malkia Cyril (Center for Media Justice) penned a powerful op-ed in the Washington Post. They lay out the fundamental problem with this new label: The FBI’s […]


Nita Chaudhary and Shaunna Thomas of UltraViolet, a grantee of the Reproductive Health Circle, published an op-ed in Teen Vogue, “It’s the One-Year Anniversary of the Leak of Trump’s ‘Access Hollywood’ Tapes About Sexual Assault.” They write how Trump and his administration, especially Jeff Sessions and Betsy DeVos, have been executing an agenda loaded with the misogyny that we saw […]

Keeping the Dream Alive: The Case for Faster Funding

September 13, 2017 /

Originally published on Philanthropy News Digest By Donna P. Hall, Women Donors Network President & CEO This is a difficult time for our country. The forces of hate and bigotry have emerged from the shadows. White supremacists are marching through the streets proudly waving swastika-adorned flags. And Donald Trump has validated them by throwing more […]

WDN Supports M4BL’s Electoral Justice Project

WDN’s Hardisty Fund is proud to support the The Electoral Justice Project (EJP), a project of Movement for Black Lives.Thanks to contributions from WDN members, the Hardisty Fund steering committee awarded $60,000 to help get this exciting project off the ground. Check out the vision and goals of the project below: EJP seeks to continue a long […]

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