Women in Philanthropy (WIP) Initiative is women with power, in all its forms (financial, philanthropic, social, leadership, voice, influence and access to networks) to take action, step forward, join together in learning, and actively engaging in strategic philanthropy. Applying a ‘gender lens’ is to take into account how gender norms (and biological differences) affect women and girls, as well as men and boys, when assessing funding opportunities. Countless studies have shown us, that when women and girls thrive, so do communities, countries and the world as a whole.
Let’s be clear, everyone has good intentions, but being a targeted and inclusive donor- which is what this initiative is about, is not only sophisticated, but takes time. There is a tendency in philanthropy to try to make problems simple, and the reality is of course they are not. Problems are highly contextual. Geographically, socio economic.
This initiative came together by polling our resources, listening deeply to the needs of our community, and making careful and well planned investments. Giving is a circle of care when one gives one get so much back.
We invite you to consider joining other women in the Women in Philanthropy initiative by making a five year commitment of 1-5k. Your contribution will pool with other women’s investments enabling YOU, the donor advisors, to have substantial funding for grants that can make a real difference in the lives of Women and Children in our community.
WIP's future includes expanding our Advisor Circle, narrowing our focus on specific programs, providing the community with Lunch and Learns, and increasing our grant funding.
For mor information regarding Women in Philanthropy, please Lisa O'Brien, Foundation Director at 575-737-9300