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Giving Is a Journey: Cheryl Houser Shares Hers and Why She’s Focusing More on Political Giving

August 2, 2021 /

WDN member Cheryl Houser joins us in an interview to share her giving journey and what avenues she’s using to create change. You’re a relatively recent member having joined in October of 2020, so welcome, we’re excited to learn a bit more about you and your passions. Tell us about your background. What other work […]

What Can We Do to Uplift Birth Justice?

July 27, 2021 /

In June and July of 2021, we hosted a series called Uplifting Birth Justice. With 15+ speakers and partner networks, this unprecedented series taught us that the fight for birth justice requires all of us. Now is our chance to transform institutions and improve outcomes for birthing people around the world. What Can We Do to […]

When Self Care Meets Collective Care, Our 2021 Member Retreat

July 23, 2021 /

On July 17 and 18, 2021, we held our member retreat, Me to We: When Self Care Meets Collective Care with Sonya Renee Taylor, Prentis Hemphill, Aryeh Shell, and Amber Field. Visionaries, whose life work is healing the world through individual healing and collective anti-oppression work. Day 1 Build Resilience and Radical Love “Radical self-love […]

How WDN’s Grantmaking Is Building Trust

July 16, 2021 /

The trust-based philanthropy movement, championed by the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project, is about “redistributing power – systemically, organizationally, and interpersonally – in service of a healthier and more equitable nonprofit sector.” The Trust-Based Philanthropy Project encourages funders to adopt “six key principles which include: multi-year unrestricted funding, streamlined applications and reporting, and a commitment to building […]

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Real Talk With New Member Jennifer Risher

July 13, 2021 /

New member Jennifer Risher, author of We Need to Talk, tells us how she’s shaking up the conversation about wealth and philanthropy. You have an interesting story about how you became wealthy. Can you share it with us? I am lucky. For one, I was born into a white body, into a stable family, and […]

Investing Now for Long-term Impact: Grantmaking Update

June 21, 2021 /

We are proud to share an update about our collective grantmaking. At WDN we are moving more than $4.2 million in funding to 44 powerhouse organizations in this grantmaking cycle.  Thanks to the collective investment of this network, we are able to continue mobilizing critical funding to support the work of our grantees across the […]

System Failure: What the 2020 Primary Elections reveal about our democracy

June 1, 2021 /

The Reflective Democracy Campaign today released an analysis of the 2020 US primary elections by race and gender — a detailed look at who ran for office and who won, by race, gender, and incumbency status. The report, titled System Failure: What the 2020 Primary Elections reveal about our democracy, explores the causes of white […]

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Caring At The Very Beginning: Transforming Our World Through Birth Justice

WDN member Amanda Coslor joined us for a Q&A on birth justice as an often overlooked way to transform society. You are heavily involved in the birth justice movement. You are the seed funder and a board member of the Birth Justice Fund at Groundswell Fund, one of the largest birth justice funders in the country, and the Thriving […]

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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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