New WDN Study Documents the Paucity of Black Elected Prosecutors

Today, the Women Donors Network’s Reflective Democracy Campaign released its groundbreaking Justice for All*? study that tracked the race and gender of elected prosecutors nationwide. The results, covered in today’s New York Times, uncover a criminal justice system that is managed and directed primarily by white men. Of 2,437 elected prosecutors, 95% are white and 79% are white men. 60% of states have no elected black prosecutors. And, just 17% of elected prosecutors are women.

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Let’s Stop Subsidizing Inequality: Exciting Campaigns for Tax Justice

June 29, 2015 /

WDN’s recent webinar, Let’s Stop Subsidizing Inequality: Exciting Campaigns for Tax Justice, featured four key speakers from the field of tax justice. The first two speakers, Heather McCulloch, Director of the Tax Alliance, and Chris Brown, Co-Chair of the Tax Alliance, provided an overview of the importance of addressing our upside-down tax system. The second set of speakers, Eddie Kurtz, Executive Director of […]

Criminal (In)Justice Circle Learns About the Impact of Mass Incarceration on Families

June 29, 2015 /

This month, WDN’s Criminal (In)Justice Circle held an educational webinar on Unlocking the Future: Organizing Families in the Criminal Justice System. The speakers included Cindy Eigler, Director of Nation Inside, Misty Rojo, Communications and Campaign Director of Justice Now, and Grace Bauer, Executive Director of Justice for Families. The speakers provided an in-depth analysis of the barriers that families must go […]

Women Donors Network Announces Reflective Democracy Innovators

June 19, 2015 /

The Women Donors Network (WDN) announced today the Reflective Democracy Innovators program, awarding $425,000 in grants to six projects aimed at dismantling the structural barriers that perpetuate an imbalance between the race and gender of the American people and their elected leaders. Selected from a pool of more than 120 applicants and chosen by a […]

Values Based Investing Circle Discusses How to Have an Impact with your Dollars

June 9, 2015 /

Last month, WDN’s Values Based Investing Circle held the webinar, Voting with your Dollars: How to Have Impact as a Consumer, Investor, and Donor. On the call was Carol Malnick, Portfolio Manager of Boston Common Asset Management, and Kelle Louaillier, Executive Director of Corporate Accountability International. This webinar was the fourth in a series which sought […]

Film & Media Circle Discusses “The Homestretch” with Directors

June 1, 2015 /

The Film & Media Circle hosted a webinar, The Homestretch: A Documentary Case Study, with film directors Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly. The directors discussed their research regarding homeless youth, casting, the main purpose of the film, and their hopes moving forward. The Homestretch follows the life of three homeless youth in Chicago, Illinois, […]

How to Fund Racial Justice Organizing

May 21, 2015 /

The recent events in Baltimore remind us, more than ever, of the need to support a strong and powerful movement for racial justice. Many WDN members already taken the Racial Justice Pledge that invites donors to expand their funding for community-based movement building efforts led by people of color. That Pledge has already generated $1.5 million in commitments.

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Middle East Peace & Democracy Circle Grants $50,000 to Local Call

May 12, 2015 /

WDN’s Middle East Peace & Democracy Circle granted $50,000 in early 2015 to Just Vision to support its project Local Call, a Hebrew-language news site and media project. Local Call is produced by Just Vision, an organization that uses media to highlight the full potential of Palestinians and Israelis to build a future of freedom and security […]

WDN Partner UltraViolet Continues to Succeed

UltraViolet (UV) has come a long way in only three years. WDN provided crucial support to Ultraviolet when it was first launching and the investment has certainly reaped dividends of positive impact in the fight against sexism.

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Dispatch from WDN’s Allies for Racial Justice Program

May 11, 2015 /

WDN is holding a training in nine US cities this year, called Allies for Racial Justice.  The training is focused on the role of progressive philanthropists in supporting the social justice movement. We believe that progressive philanthropy is an important supporting pillar of the progressive movement, and we know that how we show up, or […]

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