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Unleashing Generosity through collaborative giving

Women Donors Network

“Generosity multiplied”


WDN is a community of progressive women who multiply their energy, their strategic savvy, and their philanthropic dollars to build a more just and fair world.

“We think outside the box. Through collaborative learning and cooperative action, Through collaboration and innovation, members accomplish more together than they ever could separately.” By building powerful connections with each other and their allies, WDN’s leverages more than $150 million a year toward solutions that address the root causes of injustice and inequality.

Within WDN there are 12 member-led Donor Circles including Criminal (In)Justice, Earth, Election Integrity, Gulf Coast, Haiti, Immigration, Middle East Peace and Democracy, Progressive Political Infrastructure, Reproductive Health, Values Based Investing and Women Building a Just Peace. Through the Donor Circles, regional events, trainings and strategic initiatives, WDN’s 180 members can connect with key leaders in the progressive movement, deepen their collaborations across issues and sectors, and participate in strategic grantmaking opportunities.

Membership in WDN is by invitation, and members pledge to donate a minimum of $25,000 per year to progressive nonprofit organizations, political candidates, issues and causes. This amount includes the contribution that members give annually to WDN. Membership contributions vary based on giving capacity, with a minimum contribution of $4,000 for new members. Members are invited to participate in an inspiring annual conference, regional meetings, monthly telephone conversations and web briefings.

In response to a growing concern that the progressive movement in America was lacking the cohesion necessary to make systemic social change, WDN members launched the WDN Action Fund, focused on Progressive Movement-Building, with a target of raising $1 million over 4 years.  Through the Action Fund, members leverage their power for change by working and funding together.

The Women Donors Network has made a commitment to incorporate a racial justice lens in all of its work, internally as an organization, and externally as a progressive movement leader and grant-maker. The Racial Justice Working Group (RJWG), made up of WDN members and staff, is the main vehicle for making sure WDN is living its values when it comes to racial justice. Their goal is to develop a shared analysis within WDN about the role of race in our society.

Read a personal story about Marta, a member of the Women Donor Network