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Welcome to Washington Area Women’s Foundation’s media center, where you’ll find the latest news articles, blogs and radio stories about our work–often featuring interviews with members of our staff and community. If you’re a reporter and would like to speak with a member of our staff, Grantee Partner or donor community, please contact Jessica Zetzman, Program and Communications Associate, at jzetzman@wawf.org or 202-347-7737, ext. 211.

Visit our archives to find previous media materials organized by topic.

Recent Press Releases

2013 Visionary Award Honorees Recognized at The Women’s Foundation’s Leadership Luncheon

Caplin & Drysdale’s Diara M. Holmes Joins Women’s Foundation Board

Women’s Foundation Releases Case Study on Nontraditional Job Training Programs for Low-Income Women

Capital One’s Carolyn Berkowitz Elected Chair of Women’s Foundation Board; Fannie Mae’s Rosie Allen-Herring Joins Board

Women’s Foundation Announces $805,000 in Grants That Will Touch the Lives of 5,000 Women & Children in Poverty

Washington Area Women’s Foundation Announces New Partnership for Women’s Prosperity

Latest News and Highlights

Investing in Women and Girls in the DC Region
Nicky Goren, president of Washington Area Women’s Foundation, appeared on Comcast Newsmakers to talk about how you can help low-income women and girls achieve economic security, even in a post-recession economy.

Helping Low-Income, Working Mothers During Tax Season
Women’s Foundation President Nicky Goren writes in The Huffington Post about the importance of helping working mothers access the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Growing Women’s Businesses
Information from The Women’s Foundation report 2010 Portrait of Women & Girls in the Washington Metropolitan Area was highlighted in a WUSA9 report on growing the number of local, women-owned businesses.

Women Who Mean Business
Women’s Foundation President Nicky Goren was honored with a 2011 Women Who Mean Business Award by Washington Business Journal.

100 Most Powerful Women
Women’s Foundation President Nicky Goren was named to Washingtonian magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Women list for being “a catalyst for increasing local philanthropy by and for local women.”

Women on the Other Side of the Prosperity Gap
Women’s Foundation President Nicky Goren’s commentary on the wide gap between women who are economically secure and those who are not was featured in the local opinion section of The Washington Post.

Barriers to Economic Security for Women and Their Families
ABC7 featured The Women’s Foundation and Grantee Partner Hopkins House Preschool Academy in a report about how difficult it is to find quality, affordable child care. Click here or watch the story below.

2010 Portrait of Women & Girls in the Washington Metropolitan Area
Nicky Goren, president of The Women’s Foundation, discussed key findings from a new report released by The Foundation on WAMU radio.

How the Recession Hit Washington Women and Girls
Amanda Hess at TBD.com wrote about Portrait Project 2010, a new report from The Women’s Foundation.

New Report Highlights Barriers to Economic Security for Low-Income Women & Their Families
Nicky Goren, president of The Women’s Foundation, writes on The Huffington Post about startling new information detailed in Portrait Project 2010, a report released by The Women’s Foundation on the lives of women and girls in the D.C. metro region.

Helping Women to be Able to Work
A Washington Post blog piece about a new report from the Women’s Economic Security Campaign (WESC) mentioned Washington Area Women’s Foundation.  The Foundation is part of WESC.

New Grants Highlighted
The Women’s Foundation was mentioned in this article in the Sun Gazette about a grant given to Virginia’s Doorways for Women and Families.

New Board Chair Profiled
New board chair Rachel Kronowitz was profiled in this article in Washington Jewish Week.

Running & Fundraising
The Women’s Foundation was mentioned in a Runner’s World article about the Wilson Bridge Half Marathon.  The Foundation is a charity partner in this inaugural race.

The 3-Minute Interview: Nicky Goren
The Women’s Foundation’s President, Nicky Goren, was interviewed by the Washington Examiner. In three minutes, she talked about why she came to The Women’s Foundation and the issues that women and girls in the region face.

“Girls Just Wanna Have Funds”
Nicky Goren, The Women’s Foundation’s new president, was featured in the July 7th issue of Bisnow’s Association and Non-Profit edition.  In the newsletter, Nicky talked about future plans for The Foundation and who That Woman is to her.

Behind the Career: Nicola Goren
The Women’s Foundation’s new president, Nicky Goren, was interviewed for this Washington Post article about how and why she came to the organization.

Construction Class Builds Self-Esteem, Better Paying Careers for Low-Income Women
Women’s Foundation Grantee Partner Casa de Maryland was featured in this Washington Post article about a construction training program for women.

Access to Education, Training and Jobs: a Mother’s Day Gift That Would Benefit the Nation
Interim Co-President and Vice President of Programs Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat was featured in a WAMU commentary about how the recession is hitting low-income, women-headed families especially hard and what we can do about it. Click here to listen.

Aiming Higher: Removing Barriers to Education, Training and Jobs for Low-Income Women
This report by the Women’s Economic Security Campaign (WESC) is the second in a series that argue for an increased focus on policy initiatives that would low-income women with the help they need to secure good, family-supporting jobs.  Washington Area Women’s Foundation is one of four women’s funds that collaborated with the Women’s Funding Network to form WESC.

Creating Opportunity for Low-Income Women in the Green Economy
This brief by the Women’s Economic Security Campaign (WESC) takes a look at why women and employment are the key to our nation’s economic security and how the emerging green sector holds potential opportunity for millions of people.  Click here to read the entire report. Washington Area Women’s Foundation is one of four women’s funds that collaborated with the Women’s Funding Network to form WESC.

The Women’s Foundation President Looks at the Lives of Women & Girls
As she left her post as President of Washington Area Women’s Foundation, Phyllis Caldwell recorded this commentary for WAMU about the changes she’s seen in the lives of women and girls in the DC area during her tenure.

The Women’s Foundation’s President Announces Her Departure.
Washington Area Women’s Foundation President Phyllis Caldwell recently announced that she is leaving The Women’s Foundation to become Chief Homeownership Preservation Officer at Department of Treasury, Office of Financial Stabilization.  Click here to read her farewell message to The Women’s Foundation community.

The Community Briefing is in the news!
This year’s annual Community Briefing highlighted the successes of our Stepping Stones program, took a look at research showing how poverty affects women and their families, and showcased stories of women who were able to break the cycle of poverty in their lives.  If you missed the Community Briefing or were there and wanted more details, you can find materials used in the presentations here.

The Leadership Luncheon is in the news!
If you missed our annual Leadership Luncheon fundraiser on October 20, check out this Politics Daily article. Joann Weiner does a nice job of recapping the luncheon and highlighting Cokie Roberts’s surprising statistics about how women and men give differently.

Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat, The Women’s Foundation’s Vice President of Programs, featured on WTOP by “Man About Town” Bob Madigan!
The story aired twice the morning of the Leadership Luncheon. You can listen by clicking here.

WAMU previews The Women’s Foundation’s Community Briefing!
The October 20th interview featured Christel Coleman who was one of the panelists at the Community Briefing and Gwen Rubinstein, a Program Officer at The Women’s Foundation. You can listen to the story by clicking here.

The Be That Woman Video Launches!
This Washington Business Journal article is about the Be That Woman video that premiered at our annual Leadership Luncheon on October 20th.  The video illustrates what The Women’s foundation does.

Board of Directors Chairwoman Deb Gandy is profiled by the Washington Times!
This October 15, 2009 article gets to the root of Deb’s passion for serving the community and previews The Women’s Foundation’s annual Leadership Luncheon.  Click here to get all the details on Deb’s contributions to our region!

The Leadership Awards Online Vote Gets Coverage!
On March 16, 2009, Philanthropic Education Officer Nicole Cozier spoke to the DC Examiner about the 2009 Leadership Awards and the upcoming online vote!  Live link. PDF.

Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity recognizes The Women’s Foundation for showing commitment during tough times.
On March 9, 2009, Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity posted a short brief on our 2009 Leadership Awards, commending The Women’s Foundation for its commitment to grantmaking despite the difficult economy.Washington Business Journal covers 2009 Leadership Awards!

ECEFC’s First Grants Get Coverage!
On February 3, 2009, the Washington Business Journal highlighted the first $300,000 in grants to six local nonprofits focusing on early care and education made by the Early Care and Education Funders Collaborative.  See the article.

More Leadership Awards Coverage!
On March 9, 2009, the Washington Business Journal featured an article about The Women’s Foundation’s 2009 Leadership Awardees and their work.  Live linkPDF.
Also on March 9th, the Dollar Philanthropy blog highlighted the 2009 Leadership Awardees, their work, and the upcoming online vote.

DC Examiner reports on first round of grants by the Early Care and Education Funders Collaborative!
On February 5, 2009, the DC Examiner reported on the six grants of $50,000 each made by the Early Care and Education Funders Collaborative.  Live linkPDF.

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