Listen, Join, Act: #WomenFunded Convenes in San Francisco


It would be an understatement to say I am looking forward to arriving in San Francisco today to participate in #WomenFunded, this year’s annual conference for the Women’s Funding Network.

It’s an auspicious time for gender issues, as feminist givers are rising against a tide of hate and divisiveness, stepping into their power, and urging everyone to join them as they move forward with culture change. Women donors who take a feminist approach are often pivotal in helping to activate others with their leadership. These women listen closely to understand the issues impacting women and girls. To address these issues, they join together and support action that creates a more gender inclusive world.

The lineup for #WomenFunded is beyond impressive; it’s a veritable Who’s Who of feminist philanthropy. Leaders like Melanie Brown from the Gates Foundation with be presenting, as well corporate giving professionals like Diedra Porch√© from JPMorgan Chase and Adeline Azrack from Fondation CHANEL. The Keynote Address will be from Mary Robinson, president of Ireland from 1990 to 1997, and a fierce advocate for feminist-centered climate change action. There are literally dozens more names we could pull from the list of speakers for this event, each one bringing unique features to the pool of leadership and strategy represented. I hope to hear from as many of these leaders as possible.

Listen, Join, Act. Like the title of this post, the feminist giving approach helps more people get active because it requires you to do something both personally and socially about the problem of gender equality. When feminist givers and their allies come together for a convening, it can be an amazing time for aligning agendas to press for meaningful social change.

Looking forward to seeing you there if you’re going, or sharing with you some of the highlights and behind-the-scenes stories from the event. If you want to follow along with what is happening on Twitter, the hashtag is #womenfunded2019.


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Author: Kiersten Marek

Kiersten Marek, LICSW, is the founder of Philanthropy Women. She practices clinical social work and writes about how women donors and their allies are advancing social change.

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