We think outside the box. Through collaborative learning and cooperative action, WDN contributes to a more just and fair world.

Working Together To Do More Good

Women Donors Network helps women invest their voices – and much more – in the demand for progressive change. Through collaboration and innovation, we accomplish more together than we ever could separately.

We build powerful connections with each other and our allies and engage in high-impact advocacy and philanthropy. Through major programs such as our annual conference and WDN on the Hill DC lobby tripnetwork-wide strategic initiatives, member-led donor circles, and regional events and trainings, WDN members connect with key leaders in the social change movement, deepen collaborations across issues and sectors, and participate in strategic grantmaking opportunities. WDN helps donors maximize their impact in the world. Through their individual and collective philanthropy, WDN members give away more than $150 million a year.

Making a Difference by Doing Things Differently

The way the world operates today is rooted in networks – to stay ahead of the curve you have to be connected. WDN cultivates a generous community of women who inspire each other to become more effective philanthropists and leaders. Our work is organized in three main strategies that inform our programs:

Be Inspired and Connected: WDN members build and expand relationships with fellow progressive women donors committed to structural change, and with cutting-edge leaders whose work is rooted in the perspectives of women, people of color, low-income communities and other underrepresented groups.

Gain Important Tools and Frameworks: Through high-quality programs and resources, WDN members access a range of tools and frameworks to grow as philanthropists and activists.

Leverage Your Resources and Access: WDN members multiply impact by giving collectively, harnessing the power of our networks and our power as investors and shareholders to advance change.

Our Mission and Values

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. As a community, WDN recognizes the systemic nature of many of the challenges we face as a society. We are committed to utilizing an intersectional lens – including race, class, gender, and sexual orientation – throughout our work.

WDN programs are designed to ignite change, providing donors with opportunities to support progressive movement-building, as we deepen our knowledge, take action in partnership with allies, and engage in nimble and strategic grantmaking.

Information for Grant-seekers: WDN is a network of progressive women donors who connect, learn, and take action through grantmaking, investing, and advocacy. The vast majority of our network’s philanthropic giving happens at the individual or family foundation level, though WDN does some collective giving through our donor circles and special initiatives. We are unable to accept unsolicited proposals.