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How Much Is Enough?
I.M.O.W. Global Council member Lynne Twist is a global activist, fundraiser, and the author of The Soul of Money and founder of the Soul of Money Institute. She was an original staff member of The Hunger Project when it began in 1977, and was named the Humanitarian of the Year in 2005 by Youth at Risk...
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Women's Funds Redefine the "Pie"
In the current culture of charitable giving, especially during the 2008-2009 global economic crisis, both donors and funding seekers tend to assume there is a finite and shrinking "pie" of resources available. This means that women's groups must compete against other worthy "causes" for money. Through the unique vehicle of women's funds--pools of money dedicated to helping women and girls--women's advocates are tapping new sources of support and challenging the idea that there is only so much to go around...
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Why Invest in Women?
Investing in women teaches them to live up to their full potential, lightens the load on social programs and shows investors how money can be used as a tool for social justice, says Emilenne de León, executive director of Semillas, the only fund in Mexico dedicated to women...
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Connecting Local and Global
It has been said that women who are closest to the world's most pressing issues are best placed to solve them. In many countries, women are adjusting to large-scale economic changes through community-based, grassroots organizing efforts...
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When Women Flex Their Philanthropic Power
As part of women's funds, women worldwide are exerting more and more economic power as donors and philanthropists. "For the first time in history, women of wealth are giving boldly to women," says Helen LaKelly Hunt, co-founder of Women Moving Millions, a campaign that has propelled women's philanthropy to new levels by raising over $180 million for projects that support women and girls...
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COMMUNITY VOICE:
America's Family Values?
First published in Glamour magazine in 2002, this essay explores the difficult challenges working women face as they attempt to balance their work and family obligations. In this day and age, women are expected to--and frequently forced to--have full-time careers, while, at the same time, they are expected to do most of the childrearing and housekeeping...
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Giving to Women Means Getting More
The importance of money in the women's movement is often overlooked. However, money has fueled women's ability to overcome critical challenges to equality around the world...
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