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Washington Area Women’s Foundation leaders are experts on a range of issues of interest to the media, including the status of low-income women in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, projects and organizations in the area focused on addressing their needs and women-centered philanthropy.

The following are archived media materials featuring our work and interviews with members of our community.  They are organized by subject area.  

For information or to arrange interviews, contact Mariah Craven at mcraven@wawf.org or 202.347.7737.

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Doreen Gentzler Honored as 2008 Washingtonian of the Year!
Board member and Washington 100 co-chair Doreen Gentzler was honored as a 2008 Washingtonian of the Year for her contributions to our community, including the impact she has on the work of The Women’s Foundation.  See the article here, along with Phyllis Caldwell and Barbara Stom-Thompson’s blogs of congratulations.

Maryland Gazette Covers Early Care and Education Work at National Harbor!
On September 17, 2008, the Maryland Gazette covered work being done by Prince George’s Child Resource Center to help workers at the National Harbor access affordable early care and education for their children.  This work is being funded by The Women’s Foundation’s Stepping Stones initiative.  Read the article online here. (PDF.)

Grantee Partner Ascensions Community Services Profiled in Washington Times!
Leadership Awardee and Grantee Partner Ascensions Community Services, which provides metnal health care to residents of Washington, D.C.’s Wards 7 and 8, was profiled in an April 2008 Washington Times article, “Commitment to DC Families Deserves Honor.  The article also discusses the impact of a grant to Ascensions by The Women’s Foundation’s African American Women’s Giving Circle.  (PDF)

Phyllis Caldwell on WAMU!
On January 21, 2008, Phyllis Caldwell offered a commentary on WAMU on how the civil rights movement has impacted women in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.  To listen, click below.

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Leadership Awards Online Vote Covered by Jerry Phillips on Metro Talk!
On January 20, 2008, Lisa Kays discussed The Women’s Foundation’s upcoming Leadership Awards Online Vote on Washington Post Radio’s Metro Talk with Jerry Phillips.  Click below to listen.

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Leadership Awards Online Vote Mention in Washington Post‘s In Brief!
On January 31, 2008, the Leadership Awards Online Vote was noted in the Washington Post‘s In Brief section.  ArticlePDF.

BizChicksRule Blog Features Leadership Awards Online Vote!
On January 15, 2008, the BizChicksRule blog featured a post about the Leadership Awards Online Vote.

Washington Post Features Pro Bono Partnership with The Bivings Group
Steven Pearlstein’s December 21, 2007 column, “Softening Economy Doesn’t Harden Hearts” features the pro bono partnership between The Women’s Foundation and The Bivings Group — which develops and maintains www.TheWomensFoundation.org — as an example of local corporate giving. (PDF)

The Women’s Foundation Announces a New President!
The news about Phyllis R. Caldwell joining The Women’s Foundation as its new president has been covered by a number of media outlets:
Washington Post: “New at the Top: Phyllis R. Caldwell.” (PDF)
Washington Business Journal: “Bank of America Exec Heads to Nonprofit
Washington Post: Appointments (PDF) and Regional Briefing: “Women’s Foundation Names Chief
BizChicksRule: “Washington Area Women’s Foundation President Phyllis R. Caldwell Profiled in Washington Post
Washington Grantmakers Daily: “Washington Area Women’s Foundation Announces New President
Philanthropy News Digest: “People in the News (12/02/07): Appointments and Promotions
Washington Times: “Movers and Shakers
News on Women: “Phyllis Caldwell Made President of The Washington Women’s Foundation
D.C. Examiner: “Three Minute Interview: Phyllis Caldwell

Ayuda Today Honors The Women’s Foundation’s Commitment to Their Work!
In their Fall 2007 newsletter, Grantee Partner Ayuda honored The Women’s Foundation’s commitment to their work helping immigrant women escape domestic violence and achieve financial independence.  The Women’s Foundation’s Senior Program Officer, Carolee Summers-Sparks, is quoted.  View the article.

Marjorie Sims and Telaekah Brooks Discuss The Power of Women’s Philanthropy on Smooth Jazz 105.9 FM’s “Spectrum”
On Sunday, May 27, 2007, Marjorie Sims, chief operating officer of The Women’s Foundation, and Telaekah Brooks, chair of the business management and public administration departments of Southeastern University, a Grantee Partner of The Women’s Foundation, joined Spectrum host Tom Grooms live in the studio at Smooth Jazz 105.9 FM to discuss workforce development opportunities for low-income women in our region, the power of women’s philanthropy and more. To listen to the broadcast, click here.

“The Jackie Guerra Show” Talks Stepping Stones with Nisha Patel!
On April 7, 2007, Program Officer Nisha Patel was a guest on “The Jackie Guerra Show,” where she shared insights about Stepping Stones and the opportunities it provides for low-income women and families.  To tune into the webcast, click here!

Marjorie Sims quoted in DC Examiner!
Vice President of Program and Operations Marjorie Sims was quoted in the DC Examiner on the purpose and popularity of The Women’s Foundation blog among current and potential donors. The Bivings Group, The Women’s Foundation pro bono website provider, is also featured. Read the article here! 11/13/2006

Washington Woman: “Washington Area Women’s Foundation: The Power of Giving Together”
In April 2006, Carrie Smoot with Washington Woman documented the history, growth and impact of The Women’s Foundation.  Among those quoted: U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA); Anne Mosle, president of The Women’s Foundation; Joan Kuriansky, executive director of Wider Opportunities for Women; and, members of The Women’s Foundation’s board and giving circles.  Read the full article.

Women and Girls in Our Region

Phyllis Caldwell Speaks Out on Taking a Clear Look at Regional Poverty in the Washington Post!
On August 31, 2008, the Washington Post published an op-ed by The Women’s Foundation’s President, Phyllis Caldwell, on the need to take a more accurate measure of poverty in order to truly assist low-income families.  Read the piece online.  PDF.

Washington Business Journal Highlights Early Child Care and Education Collaborative!
On August 15, 2008, the Washington Business Journal highlighted the partnership of corporate leaders working with The Women’s Foundation on a local collaborative devoted to the issue of child care and early education.  Read the full piece online, or view the PDF.

WETA: The Intersection: “Women the Key to Ending Poverty?”
Marjorie Sims, vice-president of programs and operations at The Women’s Foundation, discussed our report, A Portrait of Women and Girls in the Washington Metropolitan Area and how it showed that women are the key to ending poverty.  The show aired on August 16, 2006 on WETA’s program, The Intersection.   

Economic and Job Security for Local Women 

Marjorie Sims Speaks Out on the Power of the New “Women’s Work” in the Washington Region on WAMU!
On Labor Day 2007, Interim President Marjorie Sims offered a commentary on the powers of investing in the pathways to nontraditional work for women in our region on WAMU.  Click here to listen to her.  Then, on September 14, she offered a powerful commentary on the gains yet to be made for women throughout our region.  Click here for that commentary.

Phyllis Caldwell quoted in Washington Post article on impact on area nonprofits of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac takeovers
On September 14, 2008, The Women’s Foundation’s President, Phyllis Caldwell, was quoted in Philip Rucker’s Washington Post article, “Mortgage Giants’ Fall May Hurt Nonprofits.“  Grantee Partners Doorways for Women and Families and Northern Virginia Family Services were also quoted.  PDF.

Phyllis Caldwell Offers Labor Day Commentary on Poverty in Our Region on WAMU!
On Monday, September 1, 2008 — Labord Day — Phyllis Caldwell spoke out on WAMU about the importance of calculating the national poverty measure according to the real costs of raising a family — particularly in an economic downturn.  Check out the commentary here!

Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity Highlights National Coalition of Women’s Funds’ Innovative Policy Work
On August 6, 2008, Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity featured a commentary by The Women’s Foundation President Phyllis Caldwell on the innovative policy work being conducted by a national coalition of womens’ funds.

African American Women’s Giving Circle Featured on the Front Page of the Washington Post!
On July 31, 2008, the African American Women’s Giving Circle was featured on the front page of the Washington Post in an article titled, “A Circle With a Deep Center: Black Women Pool Resources in Grass-Roots Effort to Alleviate D.C.’s Social Ills.”  PDF version.

Washington Area Women’s Foundation and Trinity University Launch Women’s Small Business Directory!
Washington Post In Brief on February 28, 2008: Start-up Help for Women (PDF)
Washington Examiner on February 20, 2008: Small-Business Resource for Women Comes Online

Washington Times Column Lauds Stepping Stones and Training Futures as Investments in the Economic Security of Women!
“‘The greatest gift I can have this Mother’s Day is to see my children whole, healthy and functioning adults,’ said Linda Butler of Prince William County, Va., who raised herself and her two daughters out of poverty with the help of a Washington Area Women’s Foundation program,” writes Adrienne Washington about Stepping Stones in her May 11, 2007 column titled “Lasting security a Mother’s Day Wish for Many” in the Washington Times. The column discusses the value of programs like Stepping Stones as a long-term investment paving the way to economic security for low-income women in our region. “Mothers need gifts that last longer than the blooms from long-stemmed roses,” concludes Washington.

The Afro-American Newspaper Profiles The Women’s Foundation and Virtuous Enterprises!
In a February 21, 2007 article titled, “Sisterhood of Financial Knowledge,” reporter Alafaka Opuiyo with The Afro-American Newspaper discussed the impact Virtuous Enterprises, one of our Grantee Partners, is having on the financial security and literacy of women in Prince George’s County, as well as the importance of their partnership with The Women’s Foundation in their work to empower women and girls in our region.

Anne Mosle featured by Women’s E-News!
Anne Mosle’s participation in a panel hosted by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research on the release of their report, The Best and Worst State Economies for Women, is featured in the February 5, 2007 edition of Women’s E-News in an article titled“Capital’s Women Tell Tale of Two Countries.”

Washington Area Women’s Foundation profiled in Washington Hispanic!
Washington Area Women’s Foundation was profiled in Washington Hispanic in 2006 for supporting programs that expand economic opportunities for immigrant women.  Click here to read more about what Program Officer Nisha Patel had to say.

Washington Post: “A Real Say, and Real Issues, for Washington Women”
In this August 27, 2006 op-ed in the Washington Post, Anne Mosle, president of The Women’s Foundation, outlined the role that women could play as voters in electing leaders who were committed to creating better jobs and economic opportunities for women in our region.  “Elected leaders should be talking about creating new opportunities in the workforce,” Anne writes.  “If government and the private sector, including nonprofit groups, work together, we can develop training programs to meet the needs of workers and employers.  We can also take steps to help more working parents go back to school, get a GED or a college degree, and prepare themselves to advance in the workplace.”  Click here to read the full op-ed.

Washingtonian: Letter to the Editor from Anne Mosle
This January 2006 letter to the editor by Anne Mosle, president of The Women’s Foundation, discusses the importance of benefits such as on-site childcare, subsidized child and dependent care, flexible schedules, and paid family and medical leave to the workforce in terms of support to working families — many of which are headed by women — and to the efficiency and bottom line of the companies that provide them.  Read the full letter.

Washington Post: “Women Soaring or Struggling, Study Says”
This May 7, 2003 article in the Washington Post documents the findings of The Portrait ProjectRead the full article here.

Women and Philanthropy

African American Women’s Giving Circle Profiled on “Voice of America!”
In September 2008, the African American Women’s Giving Circle, and their latest grant to Ascensions Community Services, was profiled by “Voice of America” in a television piece documenting their unique method of giving together and its impact on our region.  See the video here.

Philanthropic Education Officer Nicole Cozier Quoted in Financial Times Article on Giving Circles!
On September 30, 2009, Nicole Cozier was quoted in an article by Sean Stannard-Stockton in the Financial Times called “Social Circles With a Square Deal for Charity.“  The article discusses the unique ability of giving circles to provide a meaningful way for people to contribute to their communities while also meeting people with common interests.

Phyllis Caldwell discusses in the Washington Business Journal why it’s more important than ever to give in today’s tough economy.
In the June 20, 2008 edition of the Washington Business Journal, Phyllis Caldwell, president of The Women’s Foundation, offers an op-ed about why it’s more important than ever to give in times of economic downturn to those who are the most impacted, and discusses strategies for how to stretch your philanthropic dollar.  PDF.

Laurie Emrich Discusses Her Philanthropic Vision, Her investment in Women Moving Millions and Stepping Stones in Women’s E-news!
“I want to live in a world where cooperation, equity and justice thrive.  To make that happen I try to follow the advice of 1960s rythm and blues singer-songwriter Wilson Pickett: ‘Ya gotta shake whatcha brought wicha,’” says Laurie Emrich on June 5, 2008 in a column in Women’s E-news about her philanthropic vision and her decision to invest in The Women’s Foundation and Women Moving Millions.  Read Laurie’s column here.

Stepping Stones wins Changing the Face of Philanthropy Award!
Philantopic and Washington Grantmakers have the buzz on the Women’s Funding Network’s awards for innovation in philanthropy for 2008 — one of which was to Stepping Stones!

Women Moving Millions and Stepping Stones in the Washington Post!
The Washington Post’s regional briefing on May 1, 2008 covered the Women Moving Millions campaign, with mentions to two of The Women’s Foundation’s major donors and supporters, as well as the Stepping Stones initiative.  See the article here!

Northern Virginia Magazine Features Deb Gandy and Her Commitment to The Women’s Foundation!
Northern Virginia Magazine’s May 2008 issue features a profile of The Women’s Foundation’s board chair, Deborah Gandy, and her years of service to her community and to The Women’s Foundation.  Check it out here!

1K Club Profiled by Washington Business Journal!
On April 11, 2008, the Washington Business Journal’s Jonathan O’Connell profiled the 1K Club — The Women’s Foundation’s newwest philanthropic network — in an article titled “Women’s Foundation Lures New Generation of Givers.”

MSN Money features African American Women’s Giving Circle in Piece on Giving Circles!
In a 2008 article called “How to Give Away $500,000,” MSN Money featured The Women’s Foundation’s African American Women’s Giving Circle.  The print piece also included a video interview with three giving circle members: Paige Cottingham-Streater, Sandy Jibrell, and Bernadette Harvey.

Capitol File Profiles Washington 100!
When Washington 100 held their official launch party to celebrate the inaugural group of more than 100 members, Capitol File covered the story about this amazing group of philanthropic leaders investing in women and girls.  See the story! (November 2007)

In October 2007, Marjorie Sims discussed the value of investing in women and girls, and how you can get involved on “Comcast Newsmakers!”  Click here to watch!

Chronicle of Philanthropy Features African American Women’s Giving Circle!
The October 2007 edition of the Chronicle of Philanthropy reported on the African American Women’s Giving Circle and The Women’s Foundation’s unique approach to diverse, inclusive philanthropy.  Read all about it here!

Wall Street Journal and Tactical Philanthropy on Giving Circles — and The Women’s Foundation’s Expertise!
On May 18, 2007, the Wall Street Journal’s article, “When Small Donors Get Together,” discussed local giving circles, with a mention of The Women’s Foundation, and Tactical Philanthropy cited The Women’s Foundation as “cornering the market” on giving circles!

Letter to the Washington Post on African American Women’s Giving Circle!
Claudia Thorne, a member of our African American Women’s Giving Circle, writes in the Washington Post about her experience of the Joy of Philanthropy, and how she’s found that anyone can be a philanthropist when people come together to serve their community! (January 7, 2007)

Rainmakers profiled in New York Times!
Washington Area Women’s Foundation giving circle, The Rainmakers, was profiled in the New York Times Giving Section article, “Putting Their Heads Together, Then Their Cash” on November 13, 2006.  Read what Anne Mosle, president of The Women’s Foundation and Barbara Strom Thompson have to say baout the strategic impact of giving circles and see the terrific photo taken at the Middle School for Girls at Anacostia, which received a $10,000 grant for a reading program from the Rainmakers.

Anne Mosle and Phyllis Caldwell Quoted in Washingtonian!
Washington Area Women’s Foundation’s President Anne Mosle and Washington 100 donor and community leader Phyllis Caldwell are quoted on the potential of Washington area women donors in the November 2006 issue of the Washingtonian article, “Doing Well, Doing Good.”

Chronicle of Philanthropy: “The Power of the Purse: Self-made women are making their mark on philanthropy”
In this February 15, 2005 article in The Chronicle of Philanthropy that documents the growth in women’s philanthropy, Anne Mosle, president of The Women’s Foundation, says, “This is a historic-shift moment.  Pressing needs and thousands of powerful women are converging.”  Read the full article.

Washington Business Journal: “Unleashing Philanthropy, Power of Women”
In this April 2003 guest column in the Washington Business Journal, Anne Mosle, president of The Women’s Foundation, calls upon women in the Washington metropolitan area to join the powerful wave of philanthropy by women, for women and documents the potential that women have as philanthropists and leaders to change their community.  Read the full column.