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 […]

Indie rock band Deerhoof teams up with Emergent Fund

August 28, 2017 /

From August 28 through September 7, the proceeds from Deerhoof’s new album Mountain Moves will go to the Emergent Fund. Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier really understood the Emergent Fund’s vision: You could say we’re giving to charity, but we don’t really see The Emergent Fund as a charity. Isn’t charity another way of maintaining hierarchy, instead […]

Report from Netroots Nation

August 14, 2017 /

Last week, WDN was at Netroots Nation, an annual convention for progressive activists. Resistance was the major theme of this year’s conference. The biggest lesson that came out of Netroots was to shift from defense to offense by investing in leadership and activism that is working toward a vision of the world we want to see. […]

Reflective Democracy Campaign Releases Innovator Report

June 15, 2017 /

Since we launched in 2015, the Reflective Democracy Campaign has awarded over $800,000 to individuals and organizations to tackle the structural barriers that block people of color and women from political power. We are proud to present the findings from our first cohort of innovators. Key learnings include: More democracy is needed (and it works): Expanding access to […]

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