Philanthropy Must Play a Role During Budget Crises
By Judy Patrick, as seen on Re:Philanthropy
After years of watching the California state budget balanced at the expense of women and families, we decided it was time to put a human face on the impact of budget cuts. As a foundation serving communities directly affected by the budget cuts, we saw firsthand the impact on California’s women and families. Consequences include a severe rise in homelessness, increased numbers of families living two to three in an apartment, women who report that they do not eat so their families have food, and many women who defer dental and medical care because they can’t afford it. See full blog post on Re:Philanthropy.
Other news featuring women, the economy and WFC partners
- May 24, 2010 – New York Times, Cuts to Child Care Subsidy Thwart More Job Seekers by Peter S. Goodman
Patty Siegel, executive director of California Child Care Resource and Referral Network (a WFC grant partner), is interviewed for an article that provides a national context for California’s budget crisis and proposed cuts.
- May 15, 2010 – San Jose Mercury News, Recession’s assault on California women hurts families, too , by Mike Cassidy
Mike Cassidy writes on reports funded by the Women’s Foundation of California that reveal “state budget cuts proposed for the coming year mean life will go from bad to worse for the poorest California women and their families.”
- June 1, 2010 – Washington Post, Construction class builds esteem, better-paying careers for low-income women, by Petula Dvorak
This article features the Women’s Economic Security Campaign recent report, Aiming Higher, along with an example of a program that creates opportunities―in male-dominated fields―for women to get out of poverty.