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An ‘Open Door’ to Financial Security

By Rachel Dove on December 15th, 2014

Editor’s note: Below is a guest blog post from Grantee Partner Doorways for Women and Families.

When Susan left her abusive husband and entered our Safehouse, she had had no control over her finances for years. Her immediate safety had always been her main concern, so her financial circumstances were a lower priority. But we knew that for Susan to successfully leave this relationship, we had to make her financial security a priority as well.

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African American Women’s Giving Circle Celebrates Ten Years

By Lois Nembhard on December 8th, 2014

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This year, the African American Women’s Giving Circle (AAWGC), one of two giving circles sponsored by the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, celebrates its 10th anniversary. To date, AAWGC has disbursed more than $226,000 in grants to local nonprofit Grantee Partners serving the needs of African American women and girls.

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Thanksgiving Message

By Jessica Zetzman on November 26th, 2014

Thanksgiving Message

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Pay It Forward

By Nicole Cozier on November 10th, 2014

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One of my favorite books is “Pay It Forward” by Catherine Ryan Hyde which was then made into a movie starring Haley Joel Osment, Helen Hunt and Kevin Spacey. Unfortunately, as is so often the case, the movie did not do the book justice.  But, what can you do…Hollywood!

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Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat’s Luncheon Remarks

By Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat on October 30th, 2014

On October 23, The Women’s Foundation President and CEO, Jennifer Lockwood- Shabat, gave the following remarks at the 2014 Leadership Luncheon. Please click here to see a video of her delivering the speech in its entirety.

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A Look at the 2013 Poverty Data For Our Region

By Claudia Williams on October 16th, 2014

Last month, the U.S. Census Bureau released new data that gives us a snapshot of what poverty was like in 2013 in the Washington region. The data shows that poverty rates have slightly increased from 2012 and that women continue to be more likely than men to experience economic insecurity. This means they can barely afford paying their basic necessities such as food, housing, health insurance, and transportation. Roughly 10 percent, or almost 210,000 women and girls, in our region lived in poverty, compared with 159,700 men and boys, or 8 percent. Things were worst for families headed by single mothers—almost a quarter were poor— and for women of color—about 14 percent of Latinas and 16 of percent of African-American women struggled with poverty compared with only 6 percent of White women.

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Adult Education and Family Literacy in Our Region

By Claudia Williams on September 15th, 2014

Adult Education and Family Literacy Week is held each September with the purpose of raising awareness about the importance of basic literacy and numeracy skills for personal and social well-being, and economic security. Basic skills are key drivers of economic growth and societal advancement, and critical to the prosperity and development of children and families.

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High School Credential Opening Doors of Opportunity

By Lecester Johnson on September 10th, 2014

The Adult and Family Literacy Month blog post below is written by  Lecester Johnson, Executive Director of The Women’s Foundation’s Grantee Partner, Academy of Hope.

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Is “care” having a moment or a movement?

By Lauren Stillwell on August 29th, 2014

This is the final installment in our series on the White House Summit on Working Families, which The Women’s Foundation attended earlier this summer.  Be sure to read the other posts in our series.

Three generations

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The Emotional Fragility of Life Is Easily Shattered

By Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat on August 18th, 2014

Editor’s note: The piece below was co-authored by Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat, President & CEO of Washington Area Women’s Foundation, and Catherine Meloy, President & CEO of Goodwill of Greater Washington.

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