SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 26, 2013—The Women's Foundation of California announced today that it will participate through the Razoo crowdfunding platform in #GivingTuesday, a national day of giving and recognition of the power of each and every person to help improve the world. To incentivize giving, an inspired giving circle member provided a $20,000 match. Every dollar donated, up to $20,000, will be matched.
“We’re pleased to participate in #GivingTuesday and Razoo’s national giving competition this year. None of us can make change alone. #GivingTuesday spotlights the importance of all us acting with generosity by combining our resources and our talents,” said Judy Patrick, CEO and President of the Women’s Foundation of California. “That’s why it’s all the more fitting that one of our giving circle members provided that match. Our giving circles embody the spirit of people coming together to make a difference.”
The Women’s Foundation of California has a three-pronged approach to advancing economic security for low-income women and children. 1) hosting giving circles, which consist of individuals who pool their resources, learn together, and make strategic grants to women-led organizations; 2) training grassroots women leaders through the Women’s Policy Institute to work with legislators and create public policies that benefit low-income women and 3) advocating to strengthen safety net programs like subsidized child care and welfare-to-work that enable women and families to make ends meet during hard times.
This year, the Women’s Foundation of California
- Funded 74 women’s rights organizations with $2.4 million in grants.
- Ran the Women’s Policy Institute, which shepherded four bills into law, including the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights, which will enable more than 100,000 low-wage workers to earn overtime pay.
- Hosted eight giving circles, which made half a million dollars in grants.
- Supported the effort that led to increase of the CalWORKs (welfare-to-work) cash grant by five percent.
The Foundation will use all gifts received during #GivingTuesday to do critical work such as:
- Invest in organizations that support women and women-led solutions to ending poverty.
- Train women to lead policy change efforts in Sacramento and in their local communities.
- Fight for good jobs that provide living wages and benefits
- Ensure that the safety net is there when women and families need it.