WDN is a unique network of women with shared values and a shared vision for a world that is more fair, just, and sustainable for all. Membership combines the benefits of a supportive social community with timely and relevant education, high-impact collaborations, and strategic philanthropic initiatives. When a woman joins WDN, she grows in many ways: she amplifies her voice and the voices of other progressive women, and she leverages her influence and power as an activist and philanthropist.
Women Donors Network is a community with a purpose – together we connect, learn and take action to further our shared vision of a more just, equitable and sustainable world. WDN programs are designed to ignite change, providing donors with opportunities to support progressive movement-building as we deepen our knowledge, work in partnership with allies, and engage in nimble and strategic grant making.
As a community, WDN recognizes the systemic nature of the many challenges we face as a society. We are committed to using an intersectional lens — including race, class, gender, and sexual orientation — throughout our work.
Donna P. Hall
Donna Hall has served as the President & CEO of the Women Donors Network (WDN) since August 2002. Based in San Francisco, California, WDN is a community where progressive women invest their energy, strategic savvy, and their philanthropic dollars to build a just and fair world. Currently there are nearly 200 members from around the country who focus together on issues of social and environmental justice. Individually and collectively they grant over $150 million a year.
Under Donna’s leadership, WDN has emerged as an organization of activist women that plays key roles in progressive movement-building. This has ranged from a partnership with the 21st Century Foundation focused on post-Katrina efforts to help rebuild New Orleans, to reframing how we talk about the critical need for women’s health and reproductive services, to helping to secure an injunction in support of the “All Against the Haul” campaign, designed to halt a large-scale massive oil pipeline project with disastrous environmental consequences.
Donna has built WDN’s capacity at a critical time in the organization’s history. Because her career has crisscrossed the public and private sectors as a manager, strategic planner, foundation executive and deputy director of a woman’s think tank, she has a deep understanding of the importance of collaboration, strong but inclusive leadership, and the need for concrete understanding of what works and what does not work.
Donna earned her MBA and BA degrees from Stanford University and her MPH from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health. She currently serves on the board of the Communications Consortium Media Center (CCMC), located in Washington, DC. She is a member of the Women’s Forum West and the International Women’s Forum.
She welcomes opportunities to bridge the nonprofit sector with the business world, a win-win for all.
Donna P. Hall
President & CEO
Women Donors Network
565 Commercial Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94111
Jenifer Fernandez Ancona