• Next Steps to Support the Growing Racial Justice Movement

    Thu, 3 Sep 2015

    Join fellow WDN members to strategize about specific ways we can support the growing racial justice movement! In the wake of a stream of tragedies, there is a growing movement of black-led organizing and advocacy to demand justice. In recent weeks, we witnessed the anniversary of the Ferguson protests, and California became the first state to ban grand juries in police shooting cases. Bernie Sanders has added a racial justice platform to his campaign website, Hillary Clinton met with Black Lives Matter leaders, and Jeb Bush was interrupted by Black Lives Matter protesters. Activists continue to mobilize, and multiple organizations, donor networks, and foundations are strategizing about next steps. A group of 15 WDN members plus staff has generated a list of timely opportunities, and we need your input and feedback. In this conversation, we will discuss options in more detail, consider pros and cons of each, and figure out next steps.


  • WDN Story Sharing: Nina Simons

    Wed, 9 Sep 2015

    Please join us for this story sharing call with Nina Simons, WDN member and President and Co-Founder of Bioneers, Founder of Everywoman's Leadership, and Co-Founder of Cultivating Women's Leadership, programs of Bioneers.

    Story Sharing calls provide opportunities for WDN members to learn more about each other and to connect in a different way than our educational calls. The calls feature members sharing their stories and experiences of becoming ignited as progressive activists and leaders.

    Nina will share how her sense of purpose has evolved over time from a whole-systems perspective on biodiversity, ecological systems and human rights, to prioritizing women's leadership and restoring the feminine in co-creating a different future for our country, species, and planet, to a strong focus on racial justice and beloved community, with a particular emphasis on indigenous women, traditions and community to seed a different worldview and relationship with gender, reproduction and the natural world.

    Prospective members are welcome to attend; please RSVP to Kathleen Andreson at

    More about Nina Simons here.

  • New York Regional Meeting

    Wed, 9 Sep 2015

    Please join us for the Fall NYC Regional Meeting, to be held at the home of Jean Karotkin (RSVP for location details).

    Regional meetings provide opportunities for WDN members to connect and collaborate on their philanthropic and community work, share what they are learning and hear the lessons and advice of other women donors.

    Prospective members are welcome.  Please RSVP to Kathleen Andreson at

    More details about the program for this meeting will be coming soon.

  • Allies for Racial Justice: Austin Regional Meeting

    Thu, 10 Sep 2015

    Please join us to strategize about how progressive women donors can be effective allies, particularly across race and class. Through these in-person regional discussions, we will develop practical solutions to help us in our ongoing work to 'walk the talk' in our grantmaking, investing, advocacy and daily lives. Our partner for these regional dialogues is Class Action, an organization co-founded by former WDN member Jenny Ladd. She and Anita Garcia Morales will be our trainers for this meeting.

    Prospective members are welcome to attend.  Please RSVP to Kathleen Andreson,

  • Southern California Regional Meeting

    Thu, 10 Sep 2015

    Please join us for a discussion about California's epic drought and the opportunity we have to develop - once and for all - an equitable, environmentally responsible water policy that balances our state's water use with its supply.

    This special briefing and conversation will feature Courage Campaign and their groundbreaking partnership with Food & Water Watch (a grantee of WDN's Earth Circle) to call on Governor Brown to take bold action to finally fix our broken water system.

    The session will cover a brief history of water in California and the role of big agriculture, the concrete steps we can take in the short and long term and the consequences for not taking action.

    And as always we will have plenty of time to get to know each other, and hear what folks are working on.

    Prospective members are welcome to attend.  Please RSVP to Kathleen Andreson at