Women's Foundation California 2021 First Quarter Impact

$300,000

Invested in Black-led organizations in February alone

45%

More donors

2x

The number of first-time donors

23

Pieces of supported legislation

80%

Of our team are folks of color

$10 M

Grantmaking dollars to our partners in 2020

$20,000

Invested in each of the WPI Fellows

1,432

Community members gathered online

An Attitude of Gratitude

We started 2021 in the strongest financial position in the organization’s history. We could not be more grateful for the generosity practiced across our community that made this possible.

We do this work together.

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Black Women and Radical Acts of Mothering

We celebrated and recognized generations of Black women trailblazing and organizing with authors and activists Anna Malaika Tubbs and Alicia Garza. Anna and Alicia were joined by Nourbese Flint from Black Women for Wellness – a Women’s Foundation California grant partner. The best attended online event of the year brought folks together to honor Black women and invest in Black futures. 

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Together We Are Greater

We ignited the generosity of this dynamic and expansive community of feminists with the launch of The Continuum this March. We grew our Continuum membership by nearly 500%.

Continuum members are strengthening their commitment to our shared feminist future and building the long arc of change. 

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Goodbye Office, Hello Generosity

We’re committed to creating the future of a feminist workforce. Generosity and adaptability were at the center of our decision to let go of our downtown Oakland office headquarters. This choice frees up more grantmaking funds to invest into the field. We are now a fully-remote team with a 4-day work week and flexible schedule designed to center the wellness of our team.

Feminist Leadership

Changing Culture

Brought together by the brilliant minds at the Big We, our Culture Shift 101 sparked new learnings. This four-part series explored the potency of story, the power of creativity, and the practice of leveraging culture for comprehensive social transformation.

Culture Change Fund

Investing in Black Excellence

We invested an additional $300,000 in Black-led organizations across the state working on everything from postpartum support for Black mothers to food justice. We know that investing in Black organizing builds community power and advances our shared liberation.

Liberation Grants

Even in these unprecedented times our 46 Women’s Policy Institute fellows are transforming California’s policy landscape.

Whether they are championing new bills, strategizing via Zoom, or adapting to a tumultuous political landscape, our WPI are building our feminist future.

 

Meet Our Fellows

New Year New Class

Meeting The Moment

The violence and hate towards Asian and Asian American communities continues to weigh heavy on our hearts. Join us in investing in Asian-led organizations building a future were we all can thrive.

BUILD

We know that one guilty verdict is not justice. Justice looks like a world where Black Lives Matter.

We are still seeking justice.

READ

Creating Healing Community

California Women Rising adapted in the face of pandemic realities. A flourishing series of online gatherings became a space were young women and genderqueer Californians working towards social justice can connect, and create community.

These monthly, one-hour sessions centered wellbeing with sound healers, financial planners, and yoga practitioners.

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WHAT’S NEXT

In 2021, we’ve already advanced the work of the Women’s Foundation California in new and bold directions. We are looking forward to building what comes next:

Together we will celebrate the small triumphs and significant victories.

Let’s breathe deeply and act bravely. 

This work is powered by you.

The feminist future we are building together in California is going to be built by all of us sharing our time, our money, and our skills.  Please consider contributing today.

Together We Are Unstoppable.

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