Together Women Rise

Collective action for global gender equality

aka Dining for Women   |   Greenville, SC   |  www.togetherwomenrise.org

Mission

Together Women Rise is a powerful community of women and allies dedicated to achieving global gender equality. We have hundreds of local chapters across the U.S. where members learn about and advocate for gender equality issues, give grants to organizations that empower women and girls in low-income countries, and build community to forge meaningful connections that increase our strength and collective impact.

Ruling year info

2004

President/CEO

Beverley Francis-Gibson

Main address

PO Box 25633

Greenville, SC 29616 USA

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Formerly known as

Dining for Women

EIN

20-0031928

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Promotion of International Understanding (Q20)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Grants Program

We provide grants to 501(c)3 organizations supporting women and girls in low-income countries so they can live freely and safely, rise out of poverty, and become powerful agents of positive change within their communities. The organizations and projects we support are carefully vetted, locally-led and committed to making lasting change to help women and girls thrive. We only choose grantees that are measuring impact and working in collaboration with the women they serve.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Together Women Rise is building a diverse and inclusive global community of women and allies who care about making the world a better place. Across hundreds of chapters and grantees, our community is strong and cohesive as we all work towards a common goal: gender equality for women and girls everywhere. At the same time, we are creating a sense of belonging and connection that many people struggle to find in their busy lives.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Together Women Rise launched a strategic partnership with RESULTS in order to make a greater impact on issues affecting women and girls in low-income countries. RESULTS is a non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization focused on ending global poverty. With this partnership, we established a national Advocacy Chapter with RESULTS, open to all Rise members. RESULTS staff provide training, support, and inspiration for Rise members to build relationships with their members of Congress and advise them on policy decisions that support women and girls globally.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Through proactive investments, we aim to move the needle on the root causes of poverty and gender inequity affecting women and girls in developing countries. In 2021, we announced our Transformation Partnership Programs support of systemic change for women and girls in developing countries.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Where we work

Accreditations

Great Nonprofits 2019

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of organizations applying for grants

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls

Related Program

Grants Program

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average grant amount

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls

Related Program

Grants Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls

Related Program

Grants Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls

Related Program

Grants Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of women and girls who have been directly impacted by a Together Women Rise Grants

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls

Related Program

Grants Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These numbers reflect women and girls who have been directly touched by Together Women Rise grants.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Together Women Rise is committed to achieving global gender equality through three core action areas:

Learning: We engage in learning to increase understanding of the issues facing women and girls, build our community, and fuel our collective action towards achieving gender equality. In order for change to happen faster, more people need to become aware of the barriers facing women and girls and how achieving gender equality can positively impact our entire world.

Giving: We provide grants to organizations supporting women and girls in low-income countries so they can live freely and safely, rise out of poverty, and become powerful agents of positive change within their communities. The organizations and projects we support are carefully vetted, locally-led and committed to making lasting change to help women and girls thrive. We only choose grantees that are measuring impact and working in collaboration with the women they serve.

Community-Building: Together Women Rise is building a diverse and inclusive global community of women and allies who care about making the world a better place. Across hundreds of chapters and grantees, our community is strong and cohesive as we all work towards a common goal: gender equality for women and girls everywhere. At the same time, we are creating a sense of belonging and connection that many people struggle to find in their busy lives.

We award at least 13 grants annually to nonprofit organizations working to achieve gender equity in developing countries in healthcare, education, economic development, security, environmental sustainability, food security, and human rights.

Through our relationships with these organizations, we educate our members, foster friendships, and empower our members to advocate for women and girls internationally.

We partner with like-minded organizations to impact carefully selected issues like girls' education.

We have governing board actively engaged in oversight and guided by policies. The Together Women Rise Board of Directors is a corpus dedicated to organizational evaluation, improvement, and excellence at all levels. The quality of this oversight ensures that Together Women Rise is governed by best practices and professionalism.

We engage and train more than 800 volunteers every year across the United States to activate our four programs. Our advisory and operational volunteer opportunities ensure that our members' voices are heard at every level of decision-making.

We have a professional staff with expertise in board governance, executive management, communications, program development and management, and information systems.

We continue to invest in technology, fund development and relationship building to ensure that continue to demonstrate our values of collaboration, education, inspiration, and transformation.

For the past 18 years, we have made 264 high-impact investments in 191 organizations in 42 countries to bring about systemic change by fostering gender equity. We have raised nearly $15 million towards these efforts.

We have educated more than 35,000 individuals through member education program which seeks to increase empathy, create connection, and inspire our members.

We seek to foster diversity in our members, volunteers, and staff and are putting resources behind this effort.

We have successfully brought the organization to 8,000 members and 500 chapters and will continue to foster vibrant chapter development, member engagement and member transformation.

We are creating our advocacy program for changes that ensure gender equity and empowerment for all women and girls in developing countries through grassroots education and opportunities for action.

We continually work to recognize the talents and gifts of our volunteers and we continue to work towards paying our employees market rate.

We demonstrate our values of education, collaboration, inspiration, and transformation in all we do.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Together Women Rise is a powerful community of women and allies dedicated to achieving global gender equality. We have hundreds of local chapters across the U.S. where members learn about and advocate for gender equality issues, give grants to organizations that empower women and girls in low-income countries, and build community to forge meaningful connections that increase our strength and collective impact.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We are revising our grant making model to include transformation partnership programs with organizations to address the root causes of gender inequality-systems, processes, policies, social norms etc. The process will involve developing multi-year partnerships with organizations using the participatory methodology of grant making. We are in the process of creating national giving circles that are for Spanish speaking, French speaking, low-income and immigrant based women and allies.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our members/donors,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, Our grantees are organizations in impoverish nations. Internet access can be limited.,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Together Women Rise

Board of directors
as of 07/27/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lynn O'Connell

Barb Collins

Jo Debolt

Kathy Fitts

Shaniece Criss

Sarah Durry

Tara LaRose

Renee Losh

Melinda Silverstein

Betsy Teutsch

Caren Senter

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/27/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/27/2022

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.