Shine On Our Work in 2021: Our Annual Report

Now, two years into the COVID-19 pandemic – complicated by vaccine misinformation, deep racism, climate crises, and economic insecurity for millions of people – women leaders, communities of color, and a new generation of activists are rising up. Together, we are creating a bold new vision. Read about WDN and WDN Action’s part in supporting this vision in our 2021 annual report


  • In response to a record number of voter suppression laws and entrenched unequal political representation, we funded organizations working to radically shift the demographics of political power, expand the electorate, remove barriers to participation, and curb disinformation.
  • Continuing our sustained support of Black power-building and liberation, we funded abolitionist work and rapid response dollars going to Black-led organizing, electoral justice efforts, COVID-19 support, and mutual aid.
  • In the midst of increasing violent attacks on transgender and gender non-conforming people in the U.S., we supported the leadership development, direct action, mobilization, and culture change that Black and Brown LGBTQIA+ youth are leading in their communities.
  • As women across the country faced job loss and disproportionately represented workers in the industries most devastated by COVID-19, we prioritized funding to support frontline workers most affected by the pandemic, including retail, home care, domestic, and agriculture workers. 
  • During a wave of attacks on reproductive rights, we resourced the nation’s first-ever reproductive legal defense fund, the first-ever miscarriage and abortion hotline in the country, and funded birth justice organizers.
  • To move away from extractive systems of production, consumption, and political oppression, and toward resilient, regenerative, and equitable economies, we granted to organizations building towards a Just Transition.
  • Throughout, we prioritized resourcing Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) and women-led work. 86.5% of the organizations we funded via WDN and WDN Action in 2021 were women-led or co-led and 84.5% were BIPOC-led.

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