Resourcing Black & Brown LGBTQ+ Youth Organizing and Voter Engagement – A Funding Update from WDN’s Jean Hardisty Initiative

January 14, 2022 /

WDN’s Jean Hardisty Initiative just granted $300,000 to Black LGBTQIA+ youth organizing and a budding voter engagement nonprofit. In 2021, transgender and gender non-conforming people of color in the US continued to face disproportionate rates of violence, discrimination, poverty, and houselessness. Through leadership development, direct action, mobilization, and culture change, Black and Brown LGBTQIA+ youth […]

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Mother-Daughter Duo: Linda Mason & Laura Merchant Discuss Their Road to Impact Investing

January 14, 2022 /

When WDN board member Linda Mason initially tried to shift her investments to align with her values, she was met with pushback. Now, over 20 years later, values-based investing has become a powerful part of the investing world. Linda and her daughter, fellow WDN member Laura Merchant, join us to share more about their road […]

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Building Resilience on the Frontlines of Climate Chaos

January 13, 2022 /

For communities of color throughout the Gulf South, climate change is already here, and it’s only getting worse. The 2021 hurricane season was the third most active in recorded history, and 2020 was the most active ever. The devastation of climate change only amplifies environmental catastrophes, like the BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster, that have hit […]

A Snapshot of Our Impact in 2021

December 2, 2021 /

WDN’s mission is to advance a just, equitable, and sustainable world. United by a shared vision of justice and equity for all, our members boldly invest their wealth, time, and talents together. We listen deeply to leaders and movements fighting injustice, move funds quickly, and foster creative strategies that advance systemic change. So far this […]

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Sogorea Te’ Is Growing a Just Future by Looking to the Past

December 2, 2021 /

Sogorea Te’ Land Trust envisions a Bay Area in which Ohlone language and ceremony are an active, thriving part of the cultural landscape, where Ohlone history is taught, and where intertribal Indigenous communities have affordable housing, social services, cultural centers, and land to live, work and pray on. When the Spanish touched down on the […]

Meet WDN’s Three New Team Members!

November 23, 2021 /

We have three new members joining our team. We are so excited to welcome Lindsay Crawford, Jenna Le, and Shavonne Saroyan to WDN! Jenna joined our team this month, and Lindsay and Shavonne will begin working with us in January.   Lindsay Crawford Executive Administrator, Operations Prior to her role with WDN, Lindsay worked at […]

Funding the Frontlines: $1.75 M Grantmaking Update

November 18, 2021 /

We are proud to share an update about our collective grantmaking. At WDN we are moving $1.75 million in funding to 17 impactful organizations that are building power where it is so desperately needed.  Thanks to the collective investment of this network, we are able to continue mobilizing critical funding to support the work of […]

Voter Formation Project Is Changing How We Mobilize Voters

November 18, 2021 /

In October we hosted Change How We Mobilize Voters Digitally, a webinar featuring Voter Formation Project (VFP). WDN is a proud funder of VFP. Founded by Tatenda Musapatike, VFP’s innovative digital mobilization and organizing strategies push back against voter suppression efforts and make it easier for communities of color to vote. Here we’ll share more […]

Meet Our Three New Board Members: Suhad Babaa, Ellie Friedman & Nadia Ismail

November 17, 2021 /

Suhad Babaa (she/her/hers) What led to your interest in joining the WDN Board? I was told once that no matter what you do, you should make sure you do it with good people. Those that I have come to know in WDN’s community – its leadership and staff, members and importantly, its partners – are […]

Highlights from WDN Connect: Shine On

November 12, 2021 /

WDN Connect: Shine On crackled with energy. Over the span of three days, we heard from leaders who are shaping a new vision for action, rebuilding our democracy, and continuing to push philanthropy to respond to the moment. Take a look at highlights from our conference! Opening Keynote With Kat Vellos: We Should Get Together […]

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