Topic: Women’s Leadership

Video: WDN Member Impact

Women Donors Network is a network of more than 220 progressive women philanthropists who together leverage $175 million a year toward social justice causes. When you become a member of WDN, you are joining a powerful group of women from across the country who are committed to real change.
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WDN in Forbes on the Rise of Women’s Philanthropy

As the administration issues daily threats against marginalized communities, we are stepping up by exerting our power and influence to support those most at risk in this political moment. Donor networks are stepping up in a big way. WDN President Donna Hall shared with Forbes, “women feel a lot more energized, responsible, and motivated to share their stories about the role of philanthropy in activism.”
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#WeGrabBack

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 on full display a year ago.Yet, UltraViolet tells us, this isn’t the time for despair.
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WDN’s Donna Hall Named One of 50 Most Powerful Women in Philanthropy

Inside Philanthropy just named Women Donors Network President & CEO Donna P. Hall one of the 50 most powerful women in philanthropy. Donna is listed as a catalyst, which Inside Philanthropy describes as someone who has “the ability to organize and galvanize donors by creating networks and spurring new or more coordinated giving.” As progressive women donors emerge, they look for guidance and community and we are thrilled that they choose WDN as home — led by Donna and made up of more than 200 powerful women philanthropists.
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Not Just a Stand Against Gun Violence, But for Women

In the wake of yet another tragic gun-violence related killing this week, we are once again reminded about the need for more comprehensive gun violence laws -- federally and across all the states. The Women Donors Network understands that women are ready to take action, organize, and lead on ending gun violence—we’ve done our research. And now WDN is seeing that research in action. Read More »

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. Read More »

Working Together to Create Best Practices on Peacebuilding

On June 5, WDN and its Women Building a Just Peace Circle got a report back on some truly inspiring work being done over the past year by Dr. Lisa Schirch, Director of Human Security at the Alliance for Peacebuilding. Background Partners for Peacebuilding Policy (3P’s) Iniative: The goal of the initiative is to rethink how we approach security and to partner with security forces and civil society to create more open and engaging relationships between the two sectors.
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We’re Minding the Gap, but How Do We Close It?

The lack of female leadership in the United States is a painfully familiar topic for us at the Women Donors Network. In my post Mind the Leadership Gap, I wanted to celebrate the tremendous progress women have made during the last century, but in reality I had to lament the fact that this progress seems to have largely lost momentum. We don't see the numbers of women in leadership positions rising in proportion to the numbers of women earning degrees -- and it's deeply troubling. Read More »

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