Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship

In response to today’s changing landscape, the definition of philanthropy is evolving into one of social entrepreneurship both nationally and globally. Women make up a reported 43 percent of the U.S.’s top wealth holders (individuals with assets of $1.5 million or more) and they are increasingly likely to make contributions based on personal preferences rather than those of spouses or other family members. Women of means are increasingly pooling their resources with like-minded women through funding circles, women’s foundations and associations such as the Women’s Funding Network and the Women Moving Millions campaign. Because women live longer than men, they are expected to manage much of the $41 trillion in charitable giving that is projected to take place over the next 50 years. NCRW seeks to increase networking, and to encourage women to discover their giving capacity by contributing to causes that inspire them most.

Ms. Foundation for Women

Forty years ago, four visionary women established the Ms. Foundation for Women to elevate women's voices and create positive change. Today, we're a dynamic and powerful entity that is leading the charge on women's issues nationwide.
 
We start with the knowledge that our fight is not yet over. It's true that women have come a long way since the 1970s, but for every woman who has reached the "top" (and who still face discrimination, by the way), there are millions of women struggling to earn a living wage, gain access to basic health care, secure affordable child care and participate in the opportunities that should be available to every person in the U.S.
 
At the Ms. Foundation, we work to bring attention to the real challenges facing women, especially women of color and low-income women, living in poverty, working paycheck to paycheck or both.

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12 MetroTech Center
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Ph. 212/742-2300
Fx. 212/742-1653
http://forwomen.org/
info@ms.foundation.org


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Anika Rahman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Deborah Jacobs, Vice President, Advocacy and Policy

Alesia Soltanpanah, Vice President, Development
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It's ridiculous and alarming that birth control and basic health services are still "controversial." We're leading the fight to protect women's reproductive rights, including abortion, access to contraception and health care, particularly in low-income communities and communities of color.
 
Equal Pay for Women

Forty years ago, a woman would earn only 56% of what a man would earn in an identical job. Today, the pay gap is stuck at 77%. We aren't satisfied, and we won't quit until women earn equal pay for equal work.
 
Affordable Child Care & Quality Child Care Jobs

Did you know that the full-time child care costs for an infant eat up 41% of the average single mother's income? Or that the very people we rely on to take care of our children earn some of the lowest wages in the country? Affordable child care and quality child care jobs are essential to the health and stability of U.S. families. We need policies that support working parents and providers and reflect real family values. 
 
 
Whether it's a colleague, friend or family member, it is likely that you know someone who has been affected by child sexual abuse. Each of us has a role to play in breaking the silence and supporting solutions. Preventing child sexual abuse is within our power, and we are working to provide information, education and resources to keep our children safe. 
 
Immigration Law that's Right for Women
 
The majority of immigrants are women – women who are often concentrated in low-wage jobs without access to health care and other benefits, women who have fewer protections from gender-based violence, and women who disproportionately suffer from failed immigration policies. We're advancing immigrants' rights in support of women.

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We believe that women are the engine for change in their communities. By funding game changing organizations that are successfully addressing pivotal issues of reproductive health; affordable child care with living wage jobs; and ending child sexual abuse – we are having real impact on the lives of women, children, families and paving the road toward a nation of justice for all.
 
As a national grantmaker, we support organizations at all levels, from grassroots to state and national organizations. We believe that women most directly impacted by an issue are the real experts and we select groups that are of the community they work in.
We choose our grantees carefully, informed by decades of work in the field. Our goals is to connect with emerging and established groups poised to act when and where change is needed.

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The Association of Junior Leagues International Inc.

The Association of Junior Leagues International Inc. (AJLI) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

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80 Maiden Lane
New York, NY 10038
Ph. (212) 951-8300
Fx. (212) 481-7196
http://www.ajli.org
info@ajli.org
sdanish@ajli.org

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Susan Danish, Executive Director
Ph. (212) 951-8322
E-mail: sdanish@ajli.org

Anne Dalton, Chief Officer for Strategic Initiatives
Ph. (212) 951-8340
Fax: (212) 679-4583
E-mail: adalton@ajli.org

Maureen Mackey, Chief Operating Director

Laurie Dodge, Director of Marketing and Development
Ph. (212) 951-8347
E-mail: ldodge@ajli.org

Dolores (Dee) Brinkley, Director of Meeting Management
Ph. (212) 951-8327
E-mail: dbrinkley@ajli.org

Janine le Sueur, Director of Education and Programs

Pamela Antoine Weekes, Director of Administrative Services

JuWon Choi, Ed.D, Director of Learning
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Summer Internship: Graphic Design

This is a design position, and you will be part of our tightly knit team. You’ll be working closely with our Creative Director and will report directly to the Director of Marketing and Development. You will get hands-on experience creating a variety of design elements. You will also gain an understanding of how the marketing team of a large nonprofit not only supports the efforts of its member Leagues, but also communicates the organization’s mission to the public at large. If you are interested in becoming part of a team that is on the front lines of social reform, then consider an internship at the Association of Junior Leagues International.

Join a Junior League

Junior League women make things happen -- they form strategic partnerships, create innovative programs and raise funds for exciting community initiatives. So what sets Junior League volunteers apart from the rest? They are not only women who want to improve communities, they are women with the training and skills to make it happen!

Since Mary Harriman convened the very first Junior League in 1901, The Junior League's emphasis has always been on learning. Members benefit from extensive training in leadership and organizational development, community needs assessment, strategic planning, communications, advocacy and fundraising. Through this unique training, League members learn to manage and train volunteers, unite communities and form partnerships. AJLI organizes regular conferences and meetings to create opportunities for networking, collaboration and shared learning among Leagues.
 
 
The Association of Junior Leagues International Inc. welcomes inquiries from organizations seeking to partner with our member Leagues. Junior League women are highly motivated, educated, influential women who transform their communities through advocacy, direct service, public education, fundraising and sheer hard work. As such, they are a highly desirable group for corporate sponsors and nonprofit organizations seeking marketing and partnership opportunities.

Mary Harriman Award

In recognition of the vision of the founder of The Junior League, the AJLI Board of Directors established the Mary Harriman Community Leadership Award. This award honors and acknowledges an individual Junior League member whose volunteer efforts provide a contemporary link to Mary Harriman's sense of social responsibility and her ability to motivate others to share their talents through effective volunteer service. Since 1990 when the award was established, it has been given to Junior League members whose leadership exemplifies our mission, vision and values.

Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award is designed to recognize new Active members whose early years as a Junior League member demonstrate significant promise consistent with the Vision and Values of The Junior League's Mission. For over 106 years Junior Leagues have trained and developed women to lead positive change in their communities. Our founder Mary Harriman showed exceptional foresight and wisdom in challenging her peers to join with her to improve communities. It is our hope that the Rising Star recipients will both embody those early values and redefine what it means to be a civic leader of the future, trained by The Junior League.

Leadership Development Award

Developing the potential of League members to be effective community volunteer leaders is at the core of The Junior League Mission. The Junior League Leadership Development Award recognize exemplary League member training and development programs. Whether it is a program to train members to work effectively with children, a program to build the skills of committee chairs, or a program to cultivate members to be successful nonprofit board members, The Junior League Leadership Development Awards celebrate the Junior Leagues’ role as first-class training organizations for their members.
 

 


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Mary Ellen S. Capek is a Principal in Capek & Associates, a philanthropic and nonprofit research and consulting group based in Corrales, New Mexico, and a Visiting Scholar at the Anderson Schools of Management at the University of New Mexico.

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Organizational Success Through Deep Diversity & Gender Equality (by Mary Ellen Capek, Former Executive Director)

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Connecting the Dots: Philanthropy, Social Entrepreneurship and Activism

May 27, 2009 posted by admin

Turbulence in the financial markets has exacerbated the uncertainty of non-profit sustainability. What is happening to private foundations and their giving as a result of the crisis and increased government ownership and oversight?  What is the role of investments by women’s funds and others in creating an agenda for equity and justice?


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Women Leaders Across Sectors on Social Justice and Change

March 3, 2009 posted by Deborah Siegel I’m sitting in a very crowded auditorium at 3 World Financial Center, home of American Express, and the sun is pouring in on one of the coldest days of the year. We’re about to be warmed by the annual panel that takes place the afternoon of the National Council for Research on Women’s evening-time gala, the Making a Difference for Women Awards. This year’s panel, “An Immodest Proposal: Advancing a New Era of Social Justice” (kudos on the title, NCRW!) features Co-President of the National Women’s Law Center Marcia Greenberger, Chancellor and President of Syracuse University Nancy Cantor, Accenture / Microsoft / PepsiCo Director Dina Dublon, and Columbia University law professor and Nation columnist Patricia Williams. The Takeaway co-host Adaora Udoji, whose voice I wake up to each morning, will be moderating. There is nothing modest about this crowd of female movers and shakers from corporate, academic, and nonprofit spheres. The NCRW staff—of which I used to be part—has clearly done an excellent job spreading word. It’s a dazzling lineup. Let the conversation begin! Adaora: First question is for Nancy. What can you tell us about advancing a new era of social justice in education? Nancy: The idea of the ivory tower as a monastic place is breaking down. What that means is we have no understanding of the groups we’re leaving behind. How do we level the playing field of education? If we don’t find ways to strengthen our connections to our communities, cities, rural areas, and bring in the population, we’re going to be stagnant. Adaora: Are we seeing that 50% female leadership in education yet? Nancy: No, not at all. What we are seeing at all levels is girls falling off the map as we go up. Adaora: Why is that?


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Gender Equality as an Investment Concept

January 23, 2009 posted by Shyama Venkateswar, Kyla Bender-Baird, and Lisa Rast The room was filled to capacity at Demos’ latest panel for their Women’s Leadership Initiative.  Women (and a few men) from all sectors joined together to discuss gender equality as an investment concept.  Anne Black from Goldman Sachs discussed their 10,000 Women initiative.  The driving idea behind this timely initiative is that investing in women’s business skills is the fastest way to grow GDP.  Joe Keefe from Pax World Mutual Fund, which recently took over Pax’s Women’s Equity Fund, argued that gender equality should be framed as an investment imperative, not a moral one. In fact, gender equality helps to grow the bottom line.  Finally, Ritu Sharma, co-founder of Women Thrive Worldwide, demonstrated the importance of building crucial infrastructure to aid women across the globe, who otherwise spend much of their day gathering water and fuel, and caregiving.


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