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Member Perspectives: Getting Involved with Refugee Women’s Alliance

We asked Karen Jones to share her experience of being a WA Women’s Foundation member, and how the Foundation’s knowledge about Washington state nonprofits helped her church build a partnership with 2010 Health grantee, Refugee Women’s Alliance. Karen has been a member of WA Women’s Foundation since 2007, and has served on the Pooled Fund…more

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Website Tutorial: Logging into Just for Members

We hope everyone is enjoying our new, updated website! As part of our revamp, we wanted to create a more robust online space to share information with members. Our “Just for Members” section is now home to our Individual Grant Recommendation form, updated Membership Directory, and copies of our Friday email newsletters. This can all…more

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How is Philanthropy Enriching Your Life?

On Tuesday, February 27, 2018, Washington Women’s Foundation and Brighton Jones, a Seattle-based wealth management firm, co-hosted a dynamic conversation about women living richer lives through philanthropy. Our featured panelists included three long-time members of Washington Women’s Foundation, Leslie Decker, Kathy Edwards, and Stephanie Ellis-Smith, and Jean Johnson, who is a founding member of the…more

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Letter from the President & CEO: Strategic Plan Process Update

Dear WA Women’s Foundation Members, Since my last report in October, the Board of Directors has made further progress on our strategic plan, and some of you have been involved in giving us feedback. Our consultant Tara Smith has met with our Cabinet, Impact Assessment Committee (IAC), and Member Engagement Committee, sharing our work product, to-date,…more

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Pooled Fund Grants 2018: Top 25 Organizations

Since the beginning of January, members of the 2018 Pooled Fund Grant Committee have been reading and discussing 348 Letters of Inquiry submitted to Washington Women’s Foundation this past fall. They thoughtfully reflected on lessons from Intersect and used new tools from the Implicit Bias training the Foundation hosted in January to make their decisions…more

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Did You Join the Conversation?

In 2017, Washington Women’s Foundation rebranded our annual educational event formerly known as “Discovery Days.”  We wanted to invite you to go deeper than “discovery,” which is simply becoming aware of something that you did not already know.  We also wanted to disrupt the balance of power between those “who know” and those “who don’t…more

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And the Winner of the Emerging Issues Partner Grant is…

The Issue This year, the committee focused its learning and inquiry on the topic of Women’s Civic Leadership and Engagement. As a group, we explored what leadership means in a political and community context, and evaluated organizations focused on leadership opportunities for women in Washington. The grant committee process began in mid-September and took a…more

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Claiming Our Right to Not Only Elect, But Be Elected

Since Intersect last Thursday, I’ve been thinking a lot more about sharing power.  However, truthfully it has been on my mind since the 2016 elections, especially knowing that we are nearing the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.  That’s right, we were given the right to vote, thanks to…more

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Letter from the President: Membership Focus Group Highlights

Dear WA Women’s Foundation Members, We have completed another phase of this year’s strategic planning process, and I wanted to share some results and data points with you today.  Thank you to the members who participated in interviews and focus groups convened for us by Crux Consulting in mid-September. Focus groups were organized based upon…more

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My Internship Experience at Washington Women’s Foundation

As a college student, beginning a summer internship for the first time can seem like a very daunting task. Oftentimes around your circle of friends, you hear of experiences where someone nails an internship at a company of their dreams, only to be stuck getting coffee and carrying boxes of paperwork all summer. Due to…more

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