• Knowledge in the Network: Story Sharing for Social Change

    Thu, 26 Feb 2015

    Join us in Atlanta, Georgia on the beautiful grounds of the Inn at Serenbe this February for a retreat to connect with other WDN members and learn about the different philanthropic approaches and strategies employed across our community to advance social change. We’ll share our stories and struggles, discuss what we are learning and where we’d like support, and explore next steps together.

    Your response to our Save the Date about a February mini-conference focused on tapping into the knowledge and experience of the WDN network was enthusiastic! We are now excited to offer this special retreat, which will enable WDN members to engage with each other in a relaxed settting and learn deeply about the different approaches to philanthropy and social change across our community. 

    We will gather at the beautiful Inn at Serenbe just outside of Atlanta, Georgia, beginning Thursday evening, Feb. 26, and ending on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 28. This retreat center includes a converted farmhouse where we will be having our meetings and most meals, as well as several onsite cottages where attendees will stay on Thursday and Friday nights. 

    To plan how to best use our time together and meet as many needs and wants as we can, we will survey each attendee and that input will shape the program. Some questions we could explore include: What are the biggest philanthropic challenges we are facing, and how have others addressed these kinds of challenges? How have we determined what we can or can't give away, so that we can give with confidence? How can we really translate our values into our philanthropy, and how do others address that question? What are the ways that we advance structural change in our grantmaking? What are our biggest philanthropic failures and what have we learned? 

    We are excited about this program, and hope to capture some of what is learned to share with those who are not able to attend.

    PLEASE NOTE: This program is currently sold out, please contact Kathleen Andreson if you are interested in being placed on a waiting list.

  • Sunday Brunch in Atlanta

    Sun, 1 Mar 2015

    Please join us for Sunday Brunch in Atlanta, featuring special guest Donna Hall, President and CEO of the Women Donors Network. The Women Donors Network's mission is to advance a just, equitable and sustainable world by leveraging the wealth, power and community of progressive women donors.  We are a community of women with a purpose - together we connect, learn and take action to further our shared vision of a better world.

    WDN builds a thriving and inclusive community, develops individual women donors to be their most powerful selves, supports the field with bedrock funding, incubates high-impact initiatives that create long-lasting change, and funds a healthy infrastructure to support the depth and breadth of our work. 

    Prospective members of WDN are welcome to attend.

  • Women Building a Just Peace: Women, Peace, and Security Act

    Wed, 4 Mar 2015

    On January 21, 2015 the Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2015 was reintroduced in the Senate by Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Mark Kirk (R-IL), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) to ensure promotion of women’s meaningful inclusion and participation in mediation and negotiation processes in order to prevent, mitigate, or resolve violent conflict. 

    With the U.S. advocating for an end to ongoing conflicts in many areas around the globe, it is critical that we bring to the table the voices of those who can help us find pathways to sustainable peace. By enacting the Women, Peace, and Security Act (WPS Act), we can ensure that women's voices are heard and women’s leadership is represented at critical decision-making tables. WDN members can play a key role in supporting a broad-based, grassroots effort to help advance this legislation.

    “Around the world, women are disproportionately affected by violence and armed conflict. It is critical they are full and active partners in peace negotiations,” Senator Boxer said. “Furthermore, evidence clearly shows that the inclusion of women in peace talks, conflict prevention, and conflict mediation increases the likelihood that these measures succeed.”

    We will be joined by two experts who will discuss the progress of the WPS Act since its introduction last year and share strategies for action to move this critical legislation forward. 

    Julie L. Arostegui, J.D., leads Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Program, which empowers women politically both in the U.S. and abroad (with a focus on the Middle East/North Africa - MENA region) as leaders on critical issues of conflict prevention, peace building, violence against women, and national and global security. As WAND’s WPS Policy Director she also works with Members of Congress, federal agencies, and the United Nations to ensure that women are included in diplomatic, development, and defense efforts. Julie is a lawyer and international human rights and gender expert with extensive experience in the rule of law, access to justice, peace building, combating gender-based violence, women’s political participation, and women’s empowerment. Julie has managed programs related to women’s rights and the rule of law in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America, and has advised, trained, and published extensively on women’s rights, human rights, international human rights law, women, peace and security, and human trafficking, with a wide variety of audiences.

    Allison Peters is Policy Adviser at Inclusive Security Action, where she helps shape the organization’s strategies and outreach initiatives with a particular focus on US Congress and the United Nations. Inclusive Security Action partners with The Institute for Inclusive Security to increase the participation of all stakeholders-particularly women-in preventing, resolving, and rebuilding after deadly conflict. Allison also leads the organization’s policy work in Pakistan, working with Pakistani women leaders to conduct research and advance recommendations concerning women’s inclusion in efforts to counter violent extremism and terrorism. Previously, Allison spent six years on Capitol Hill as Foreign Policy and Defense Adviser to the late Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) where she supported his work on the Senate Appropriations State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee as well as the Senate National Security Working Group. Allison began her career in the Senate in the office of then-Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY). She holds a master’s degree in International Security Studies from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

  • March Board Meeting

    Tue, 10 Mar 2015
    The WDN board meets six times a year, and this year, all in-person meetings will be held at WDN's office in San Francisco, except for the November meeting, which will be held in New Orleans in conjunction with WDN's annual conference in November.
  • Criminal (In)Justice Circle: Celebrating Our Success and Charting Our Next Steps

    Wed, 11 Mar 2015

    In 2014, the Criminal (In)Justice Circle raised over $90,000 for systemic criminal justice movement building. Please join us to learn more about the circle’s grantees and how we can continue to support innovative organizations like Nation Inside, National Advocates for Pregnant Women, and All of Us or None. 

    We will also have an opportunity to discuss our education focus for the year. Based on feedback from our circle meeting at the conference, we want to explore the overlap and connection points between the foster system and incarcerated parents. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 75% of women in prison are mothers and two-thirds of these women have children under the age of 18. We want to hear your voice and value your participation in this important discussion.

    The criminal justice system is complex, and we want to develop strategic approaches to reducing the impact of mass incarceration that reflect our values. Your input and ideas are critical to the circle’s success.