Eight Women’s Foundations Honored for Young Women’s Initiatives
The awardees are women’s foundations and their CEO’s that launched Young Women’s Initiatives in their communities. The LEAD award celebrates outstanding risk-takers and innovators in the philanthropic community who, through their determination and leadership, have increased funding for programs that promote gender equity and diversity.
Naming the eight organizations acknowledges women’s foundations roles as donors and catalysts for change. “This year, we are presenting the award to each of the eight women’s foundations that have pioneered Young Women’s Initiatives (YWI), said Cynthia Nimmo, Women’s Funding Network CEO, “because the presidents of these foundations have shown ingenuity and fortitude in their vision of young women and focus on young women of color as advocates, and spokespeople with direct access to legislators and other decision-makers.”
Each of the foundations have demonstrated a commitment to social change while actively addressing gender, race, class, (dis)ability, age, and sexual orientation when making grants. They are also mobilizing philanthropic resources to support programs that benefit women and girls. The YWIs were spotlighted at the 2016 United State of Women summit, hosted by the White House Council on Women and Girls.
2017 LEAD Awardees:
- Jeanne Jackson, Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham
- Surina Khan, Women’s Foundation of California
- Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Dallas Women’s Foundation
- Ruby Bright, Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis
- Lee Roper Batker, Women’s Foundation of Minnesota
- Ana Oliveira, New York Women’s Foundation
- Irma Gonzales(CEO) and Elizabeth Barajas Roman (former CEO), Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts
- Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat, Washington Area Women’s Foundation
The LEAD Awards were presented Wednesday September 6th in San Francisco during Women’s Funding Network’s #WomenFunded2017 global conference.