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 […]

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 […]

WDN Speaks Out Executive Actions on Keystone XL Pipeline and Dakota Access Pipelines

January 27, 2017 /

Women Donors Network Stands With Indigenous Leaders in the Rejection of Trump’s Executive Actions on Keystone XL Pipeline and Dakota Access Pipeline Washington, DC — Statement from Jennifer McDowell and Nina Simons, Co-Chairs of the Earth Circle at the Women Donors Network, in response to President Trump’s executive action to advance the Keystone Pipeline and […]

Solidaire and Women Donors Network Launch the Emergent Fund

December 19, 2016 /

Solidaire and WDN are proud to announce a new activist-advised fund to support communities impacted by the 2016 election.

The 2016 election results threaten all of us: immigrants, women, Muslim and Arab-Americans, LGBTQ communities, and all people of color. We need emergent strategies to support organizations fighting back in rapidly changing conditions. Let’s use our collective power to stand together.

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WDN named Change Champion in Philanthropic Leadership

June 9, 2016 /

Each year the Center for Community Change recognizes amazing donor leaders who are building a broader movement by connecting people with resources that help them fight for change. This year, CCC is celebrating WDN as a network — a true testament to the leadership our community has taken in leveraging our power toward progressive movement-building and giving with an intersectional lens. The Change Champions Awards Ceremony will be held in Washington, DC on September 22.

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Reflective Democracy Campaign: Regional Strategy Sessions

April 20, 2016 /

The Reflective Democracy Campaign is hitting the road and holding strategy sessions across the country. We’ll share our groundbreaking research about who is in elected office and on our ballots, who isn’t, and why. We’ll talk about what this means in local contexts as well as nationally. We’ll also brainstorm new approaches to breaking down the […]

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