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From single mom to nonprofit CEO…a journey of perseverence.

By DeVonna Petree on November 15th, 2007

This post is the first in a series from DeVonna on her experience as a single mother and the joys and challenges of starting a nonprofit.

In the summer of 2002, I discovered that I was pregnant.  My child’s father made it very clear that he would take care of his responsibilities but he did not want to be in an exclusive relationship.

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Women Moving Millions: What giving a million gave me in return.

By Julie Jensen on November 13th, 2007

Today marks a huge day in women’s philanthropy—the official launch of the National Women Moving Millions campaign.

This campaign is the first time that women’s funds from around the world have come together—through the Women’s Funding Network—to raise more than $150 million for women’s funds around the world.  From women giving $1 million each.  In all, the campaign is designed to infuse women’s philanthropy with enough money to bring its totals to the $1 billion range.

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The mighty hearts of Washington 100 profiled in Capitol File!

By Lisa Kays on November 6th, 2007

Mighty hearts indeed.  The title Capitol File chose for their November profile on the launch of Washington 100 couldn’t be more a propos.

Washington 100 is certainly a network of philanthropic leaders with the mightiest of hearts–with many giving not only of their treasure, but of their time and their talent to truly learn about, dig into and understand their philanthropic commitment to the women and girls of the Washington metropolitan region.

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Fall doesn’t have to mean a child care crunch for parents in Fairfax.

By Lois Kirkpatrick on November 6th, 2007

In Fairfax County, more babies are born in August than at any other time of the year. Working parents who added children to their families this summer face tough choices this fall. 

Will they be able to find child care that will allow both parents to go back to work?

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The inspiring independent women of Prince George’s County.

By Donna Callejon on November 5th, 2007

I spent a few hours yesterday in Prince George’s County, Maryland, helping to facilitate a Voice and Vision session for Washington Area Women’s Foundation.

Although I’ve been on the board for seven years, I have been focused on pretty much everything except our programmatic work in an intense way. Don’t get me wrong, I can recite the stats and progress and impact and all that good stuff.

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Cultural relevancy half the battle in fighting teen pregnancy.

By Lisa Kays on November 2nd, 2007

Earlier this week, there was hopeful news about the declining national and local teen pregnancy and birth rates.

Among the areas that still merited attention and focus, however, were culturally appropriate strategies for educating young men and women about healthy reproductive health choices.

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Drop in teen pregnancy rates shows power of investing in women and girls.

By Lisa Kays on October 29th, 2007

According to today’s Washington Post, there’s good news to celebrate for our region’s women and girls–a declining teen pregnancy rate over the past decade.

In Washington, D.C., Arlington and Prince George’s County, teen pregnancy and birth rates have markedly declined–along with those around the nation–and have inspired hope that programs aimed at young people–and especially young women–are working.

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Women’s philanthropy: Steppin’ up to social change, together.

By Lisa Kays on October 26th, 2007

On Wednesday, the day our challenge grant closed more than $25K over our goal, I couldn’t help but notice the serendipity when I saw this headline across my reader: "Women step up in philanthropy."

Don’t they ever.

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Leadership Luncheon ’07 raises $1 million! We did it!

By Marion Ballard on October 25th, 2007

Well, I just came out of a wrap-up meeting of the Development Committee about our fantastic Leadership Luncheon.  Who would have believed it was possible to raise a million dollars from a luncheon?

Last year we thought we were pretty great to raise $670,000.  A goal of $1 million for 2007? No way!

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The Dalai Lama gets it.

By Jennifer Cortner on October 24th, 2007

At The Women’s Foundation, we have a phrase for men who support our mission.  We call them guys who get it.

We’re lucky to have many wonderful, supportive men in our camp here in our local area, including Leroy Pingho, Ralph Boyd, Jr. and Frederic L. Ballard, Jr.

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