Philanthropy

Philanthropy

Here we post articles and stories related to our Giving Circles; stories written by our staff members, CEO, board members or allies about philanthropy and the social good sector; and any philosophical musings about collective giving or individual giving.

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Since its inception in 1999 , Economic Development and Justice giving circle has been trailblazing, advocating for the rights of low-income women and girls.

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Violets' Giving Circle is a youth-led giving circle of the Women’s Foundation of California. Since 2008 they’ve awarded $165,000 in grants for educational programs geared towards underprivileged women.

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Today is Michelle Ramos-Burkhart's last day at the Women's Foundation of California. She has been our incredible Program Officer, Giving Circles and has done an incredible job spearheading our first Giving Circle Conference, creating important collaborative giving curricula and simply managing a powerful and inspiring network of formidable women philanthropists from all over the state. In this article, she bids us farewell and shares her wisdom with us, and you. Thank you, Michelle. We will miss you.

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We're proud to announce that Rhiannon Rossi is our new Program Officer, Philanthropic Engagement. She will be using her savvy and brilliance to grow the success and impact of our Giving Circle Network, create powerful partnerships between our six giving circles and four donor advised funds and, every step of the way, create opportunities for collaboration, learning and inspiration. Welcome!

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Three weeks. 500 incredible women's rights organizations. 64,000 votes cast. 78,000 shares on Facebook. 53,000 mentions on Twitter. People's Momentum Award has been an incredible experience and we now have our winner: Dance Mission. They’ll be using their crowd-sourced $10,000 grant to help pay for their rent, which was recently increased by whopping $25,000 per year.
People's Momentum Award contest

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Today, on International Women’s Day and eight days into Women’s History Month, we are launching the People’s Momentum Award (#pplmoment), an online voting contest that invites you to tell us what organizations are doing great work on behalf of women and families and should receive our grant.

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On #GivingTuesday we're raising funds to support one Women’s Policy Institute team. Watch our new video about the Institute, its brilliant graduates and their legislative victories over the years. UPDATE: We raised over $31,000 on #GivingTuesday!
WPI Fellow on Giving Tuesday

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We're participating in #GivingTuesday this year and are trying to raise $60,000 and fund an entire Women's Policy Institute team. This groundbreaking program has changed the lives of 300 graduates and they have gone on to change the lives of thousands of women.
Proposition 47 passes

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We waited with bated breath for the state election results to come in last night. And when they did, what great news. Proposition 47 passed and California took a giant step toward fixing our broken criminal justice system.

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With our upcoming Giving Circle Network Conference on the horizon, we sat down with Gretchen Sandler, incoming chair of the Board of the Directors...

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