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Foundation Investments Push Early Learning in the Washington Region Forward

By Lauren Stillwell on January 20th, 2015

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The Women’s Foundation’s recently announced investments of $630,000 in economic security efforts across the region included seven grants (totaling $325,000) for organizations working to increase the quality and capacity of, and access to, early care and education. These grants are made through the Early Care and Education Funders Collaborative, a collective funding effort led by The Women’s Foundation that brings corporate funders and foundations together to invest in systems-level change in the region’s early care and education. You can learn more about the Collaborative and its partners here.

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Foundation Honors Barbara Strom Thompson

By Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat on January 9th, 2015

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On January 5, 2015, The Women’s Foundation lost a fierce advocate for women and children—and member of our own family. Barbara Strom Thompson was a passionate board member for nearly a decade and an early member of the Foundation’s Rainmakers Giving Circle. She also boldly accepted the challenge to lead the Washington 100, cultivating 100 women who were willing to give significantly to the Foundation over two years. Along with her husband Pete, she opened her heart to the Foundation and our mission.

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Top 10 Blog Posts of 2014

By Jessica Zetzman on December 29th, 2014

Best of 2014 graphicWe can’t believe we’re finding ourselves at the end of yet another awesome year. While 2014 has flown by, there’s still time to slow down a bit and reflect on all that 2014 held for us as a foundation, a region and a nation.

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One Fellow’s Perspective on The Women’s Foundation

By Rebecca Scherpelz on December 22nd, 2014

Women's Foundation Luncheon 2014Throughout my semester as a fellow, The Women’s Foundation introduced me to the world of foundations and philanthropy (a professional goal of the Fellows Program as well as an academic goal as I pursue my masters). It has been incredible to see how as a grantmaker, they really impact so many groups and people. However, most importantly to me, was the personal education I have received from the team as individuals, as a staff and as a foundation—each changemakers in their own way. I learned so much about the issues and challenges facing this local community. Just a few days before my last day at the Foundation, this hit me in the most unexpected way when I was leaving the office and picked up the latest Street Sense newspaper.

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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

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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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