• July Board Meeting

    Wed, 23 Jul 2014

    WDN's board meets every other month, with longer retreats in January, May and September. 

    For more information, contact Shanthi Gonzales.

  • Women’s Empowerment in Haiti: A Closing & Celebration of WDN’s Haiti Circle

    Wed, 30 Jul 2014
    After the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti that impacted over a third of the country’s population, WDN members came together to support Haitian women’s full participation in the fragile rebuilding process. This conversation is an opportunity to reflect on the success and lessons learned from WDN’s Haiti Circle as the circle comes to a close. 

    We’ll hear about the Circle’s strategic investments, including a grant to We Advance, an organization that served as a lead coordinator for grassroots women’s groups that were often excluded from accessing vital resources, including USAID funding. And we will also learn about how the Circle supported critical capacity-building for on-the-ground organizations that addressed legal barriers and cultural discrimination in areas such as systematic violence against women and girls and women’s lack of access to economic and political opportunities. In addition to education and collaborative funding opportunities, Circle members also organized a number of trips to Haiti that fostered deep relationships with women’s groups on the ground. 

    Join us on this call to learn more about the strategies that helped bring a gender lens to the forefront of post-disaster reconstruction efforts. Through the Haiti Circle's focus on women's empowerment, WDN members reflected our commitment to building progressive movements through the power of philanthropy, women’s leadership, and collective action.
  • Sharing Values, Transferring Wealth: An Intergenerational Dialogue

    Tue, 19 Aug 2014

    Co-Hosted by WDN's Values Based Investing Circle and Resource Generation

    According to a recently released report by the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy (CWP) at Boston College, an estimated $59 trillion will be transferred between American estates in the next fifty years. Given that wealth has historically been concentrated within the top 1% of the population and primarily in white communities, the implications of this wealth transfer for increasing economic inequality and widening the huge racial wealth gap is staggering. 

    As progressive women with a commitment to economic and racial justice, we have the opportunity to collaborate and empower each other to clarify our values around wealth transfer — sharing wealth transfer processes and tips that reflect our values and can help promote greater economic opportunity for everyone.

    Join us for a webinar hosted by WDN’s Values Based Investing Circle and Resource Generation to learn more about how the transfer of wealth also includes the inevitable transfer of values. Members of WDN and Resource Generation will share their experiences and their strategies for how they use their privilege to support significant social change work.

    This call is also open to members of Resource Generation and designed to facilitate an intergenerational dialogue on these important issues. Drawing from prior discussions and building on an evolving understanding of what it means to be an ally, we want to provide a safe space to help answer wealth and justice questions in our lives as we examine the ways in which intergenerational wealth transfer is an opportunity to lead with our values. 

  • The Real Cost of Immigration Detention

    Wed, 27 Aug 2014
    Since 2009, a little-known Congressional mandate requires the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to maintain 34,000 beds for detainees every day at the taxpayers’ expense, at a cost of over $2 billion per year.

    Immigration, economic security, and mass incarceration policies are women’s issues. Women make up nearly 10% of the immigration detainee population. It’s estimated that nearly 5 million children born in the United States have at least one parent who is undocumented. And while the majority of individuals detained are men, women suffer significant financial and emotional costs with the separation of their families and the threat of deportation.

    Join us for a webinar co-hosted by our Immigration, Criminal (In)Justice, and Values Based Investing Circles to learn more about this unnecessary and unjust quota. We will hear about the impact this quota has on vulnerable populations, including those who identify as LGBTQ as well as pregnant women, who are not supposed to be detained unless they have been deemed a public threat. And we will learn how Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and GEO Group, the largest for-profit prisons in the United States, are benefiting from the detention bed mandate.

    This webinar will make critical connections to immigrant justice, mass incarceration, reproductive justice, investing with your values, and racial justice. Sharita Gruberg, Policy Analyst for the LGBT Immigration Project at Center for American Progress, Royce Bernstein Murray, Director of Policy in the DC National Immigrant Justice Center office, and Madhu Grewai, Policy Counsel at the Detention Watch Network will discuss how you can support the #endthequota advocacy campaign and learn about strategies that are pressuring Congress to remove the quota language from the budget. Learn about alternatives that don’t separate families and be part of the growing movement to reduce the criminalization of immigrants and reduce detention rates.
  • Money Mindfulness Program in San Francisco, with Maggie Kulyk

    Fri, 29 Aug 2014
    Please join us in San Francisco for a special program focused on transforming your relationship with money, led by WDN member Maggie Kulyk. Working on our relationship with money is a spiritual practice. Learn why and how to have a healthier relationship with your money by attending this program.

    If you know other women donors who may be interested in getting to know WDN, please share this invitation! Prospective members are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to

    Members may register using the link below.