As the leading grantmaking, advocacy and education organization for women in the Greater Philadelphia region, we have turned up the volume on our “powerful voice for women” with the awarding of $145,000 to our inaugural group of organizations funded through our new WOMEN’S WAY Action Partners grantmaking initiative.
This new funding initiative provides critical general operating support to dynamic, high-performing, women-led organizations that are working on issues of relevance and importance to women and girls in the Greater Philadelphia region. Under Action Partners, a cohort of six organizations have been awarded grant funding with a commitment from WOMEN’S WAY to provide such funding for up to three years. As a group, these organizations collectively reflect the core mission of WOMEN’S WAY, helping achieve and fight for women’s equality, safety, self-sufficiency, and reproductive freedom.
It is expected that the Action Partners will work together in advancing their shared issues and goals for increasing opportunities for women and girls in our region as well as help WOMEN’S WAY advocate on behalf of women, girls, and families more substantively and effectively. The longevity of a multi-year partnership means that WOMEN’S WAY's investment in the community will have an even greater impact and reach in the Philadelphia region with the flexibility to forge innovative relationships with these organizations working on the front lines for women, girls, and families. A three-year funding commitment means that WOMEN’S WAY and its Action Partners can learn from each other, develop best practices through shared knowledge and learning, and open doors for long-term collaborations and deeper relationships.
The inaugural cohort of agencies is:
· Alice Paul Institute: a center for young women’s leadership development based in Mt. Laurel, NJ.
· Childspace Cooperative Development Inc.: an advocacy organization, based in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, focused on issues of economic self-sufficiency for childcare workers, providers, and low-income families in the Philadelphia region.
· Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County: a comprehensive agency addressing domestic violence prevention and helping victims of domestic violence throughout Delaware County.
· Women’s Law Project: a statewide Philadelphia-based organization focused on high-impact litigation, advocacy, and education dedicated to creating a more just and equitable society by advancing the rights and status of all women throughout their lives.
· Women’s Opportunities Resource Center: located in Center City Philadelphia, promotes social and economic self-sufficiency primarily for economically disadvantaged women and their families through varied programming in the Philadelphia region.
· Women Organized Against Rape: a direct service and advocacy organization, based in Center City Philadelphia, focused on eliminating all forms of sexual violence in Philadelphia.
With the announcement of its new cohort of agencies, WOMEN’S WAY’s grantmaking now consists of two levels of funding: WOMEN’S WAY Action Partners and the Community Women’s Fund, ongoing since 2006.