Women's Funding Network

With over 100 women’s foundations and gender equity funders engaged, Women’s Funding Network is the largest philanthropic network in the world devoted to women and girls. In 2015, our members invested over $410 million to advance gender equity.

aka WFN   |   San Francisco, CA   |  www.womensfundingnetwork.org

Mission

We bring together the financial power and influence of funders of gender equity to address and solve critical and complex social issues.

Ruling year info

1991

President & CEO

Cynthia Nimmo

Main address

57 Post St Suite 801

San Francisco, CA 94104 USA

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Formerly known as

National Network of Women's Funds

EIN

41-1685134

NTEE code info

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Private Grantmaking Foundations (T20)

Unknown (Z99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Worldwide, the face of poverty belongs to women and children. Women's foundations are changing this—community by community, woman by woman. Investing in economic security is the most reported priority for Women's Funding Network members around the world.

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?

werc space

wercspace.org was created for women (anyone who self-identifies as a woman in a way that is meaningful to them) who might experience hurdles to starting or growing a business, because of their gender, income, race, or other identifier. werc space offers curated tools and resources, community and opportunities with a feminist perspective. We believe in supporting women in recognizing and leveraging their own existing expertise, and in seeing their businesses as one part of their holistic lives. Our site is created for and by women, with conscious, feminist approaches to business, and is based on each individual’s personal starting point and definition of success.

Population(s) Served

The 2Gen Cohort is made up of The Women's Fund of Greater Birmingham, The Women's Foundation of Colorado, Texas Women's Foundation and the Women's Foundation of Southern Arizona. Together with our Chief Strategist, Marcia Coné, Learning Community Manager Sarah Griffen, and Coach Roxanne White, members of the advocacy cohort form a learning community through which gender and racial equity lens are embedded in two-generation strategies. This has led to improved research and evidence-based practices, deepened investment and strategy in two-generation work, and policy wins that advance economic equity and security for entire families.

Population(s) Served

Low-income women face many obstacles to economic security. They are balancing jobs and families, raising kids and supporting family members. Barriers women face to economic security include a lack of education and job training opportunities, good-paying and stable employment with benefits and access to affordable and quality child care.
Prosperity Together seeks to provide ongoing leadership that creates a sea of change in America’s response to poverty—from complacency to equal opportunity. We seek to inspire greater state and national investments from government, business, philanthropy and institutions in promising best practices, programs and policies to create economic security for low-income women.
Prosperity Together was founded in 2015 by a group of six public women’s foundations. Over the course of the year, their group expanded to include 29 organizations. On November 13, 2015, at The White House, Prosperity Together partners announced a $100 million collective commitment over five years towards supporting women’s economic security.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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

Total number of organization members

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Membership is open to women’s funds, foundations, or grantmaking organizations that invest in and support projects and programs that promote and serve women, girls, and their families. Individuals who

Number of conferences held

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Output - describing our activities and reach

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Increasing

Number of conference attendees

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Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

To bring together the financial power and influence of funders of gender equity to address and solve critical and complex social issues. We strive to build a world where every woman and girl has the resources to achieve her full potential. Our guiding values are partnership, transparency, diversity, and inclusion.

From the United Nations to the World Bank, from international aid organizations to the world's largest private foundations, there is an emerging consensus that empowering women to realize their full potential can break the cycle of poverty, create prosperity and generate transformative incomes.

Showcase: Create and support opportunities to showcase innovation and impact of our members work and the value add of the Network.

Connect: Bring relevant actors and leaders in the field and our members together to build partnerships, collaborations and coalitions.

Advocate: Identify 1-2 key issues every year to advance with measurable and specific outcomes.

Communicate: Develop and implement aggressive communications plan that targets opportunities, koptimizes content sharing, nurtures target audiences, and builds new audiences and elevates reputation of the organization.

Women's Funding Network brings together the knowledge, insight and experience of 160 women's funds across the world, acting as a global champion for investment in women. Forging connections, galvanizing resources and fueling collective action, we succeed in advancing the accomplishments of every member. Our central position in the Network has been essential in guiding women's funds across the world toward greater leadership roles and higher fundraising goals. Our leadership strategy has been informed by and built upon the strengths and learnings that emerged over years of experience leading programs. Our role in the Network has allowed us to serve as clearing house for best practices and lessons learned. While individual women's funds must focus on their own grant making, we can take a step back, assess learnings and revise our curricula accordingly. The Women's Funding Network's programs are some of the most innovative in social justice philanthropy. Designed to advance the work of women's funds, donors and community leaders, our programs accelerate fundraising through effective fundraising training programs, fuel capital investment by engaging donors, foster collaboration through peer-to-peer interaction, leverage impact on shared issue areas, build sustainability and growth through organizational development tools, and measure social change outcomes. Our capacity building programs have played a pivotal role in increasing the collective strength of the women's funding movement. Training programs, resources, and tools developed by the Women's Funding Network have increased the capacity and number of women leaders in the Network, improved fundraising capabilities, and strengthened the funds' ability to effectively pursue a social justice agenda.

We are just completing the second full year of our strategic plan implementation. So far, we are on track to meet our ten-year goals.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Women's Funding Network

Board of directors
as of 7/30/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

K Sujata

Chicago Foundation for Women


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Elizabeth Barajas-Roman

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Roslyn Dawson Thompson

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Julie Castro Abrams

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Elizabeth Barajas-Román

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Janelle Cavanagh

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Laura García

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Antoinette Klatzky

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Michelle Zych

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Board leadership practices

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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? No
  • 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