Ideas and Notes from the Women's Donor Network Conference

Jensine Larsen
Posted November 28, 2010 from United States

Verrrrrry Interesting!

Hi Everyone -

At last I received the notes from the discussions at the November 6 Women's Donor Network Conference. If you recall, we brought several of your recommendations from this community to the stage on the topic of: "what investments would take the Global women's movement to the next level."

Please read on to hear what ideas the Women's Donor Network had when they met in small groups to brainstorm their answers to these questions . What do you think? Do you agree? The dialogue continues!

Thank you for contributing your brilliance to this thread.

Warmly, Jensine

Notes from the Women’s Donor Network 2010 Annual Conference Breakout Discussions:


I. Fund a Creative Team: • Charged with infusing the movement with: o Humor: street theater, slogans, metaphors, pictures, stories, compositions o Arts: songs for marches, theater, beautiful symbols, logos, business cards, publications, visuals to enhance protests, visuals for high level official meetings

II. Hold a Global Women’s Funding Conference: • Raise the bar and funding capacity for women and girls • Uniting networks, such as: o Women activists o Women policymakers—US and global government officials o Women Donors Network o Women Moving Millions o Global Women’s Fund o International women’s funds o Global women owned business owners

III. Raise and Deploy Big Capital—philanthropy, debt and equity: • Identify strategic partnerships and non-traditional donors and gather together to confer, raise money, and plan how to apply funds. • Increase women’s voices: o In political arena o In media • Assure that it is NORMAL for women to be respected, appreciated for their capabilities and unique perspectives, treated with dignity, sought out for partnership and collaboration

IV. Convene Around a Common Mission: • Create a common mission that women around the world can get behind as a way to amplify their voices • Create spaces for innovation— to learn about the incredible things women are doing on the edges and bringing them to light so they can be supported and replicated • Figuring out how we can enable and empower with respect and understanding of our differences

V. Other ideas: • Target the biggest pots of $ = government • New generation = needs fundraising training = relationships • Online fundraising skills • Study map of women’s movement $ • Partnerships/Sleep-a-thon o International Women’s Funds o Global Fund for Women o Association Women in Development o Women’s Funding Network o Urgent Action Fund • Get women’s stories out and connect them to OUR stories • Set a new standard and new model of giving internationally and make vehicles for international giving known • BIG international funders of women conference • Aggregate networks through a hub and providing a creative team to offer framing, humor and arts to movement



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Nov 29, 2010
Nov 29, 2010

This is GREAT! I got excited just reading the notes.

I love the idea of infusing the movement with creativity. Over the past week, I have been in conversation with a friend of mine (a Nigerian living in the U.S.) who recently began an arts-based campaign against human trafficking. With theatre performances, music, and unique art designs, she is calling attention to and raising funds for this issue. I will forward these notes to her.

In the last year or so, having had the opportunity to volunteer with a couple of grassroots movements in the U.S., I have become convinced that the future for philanthropic work will hinge on non-traditional partnerships and creative resourcing. For my projects here in Nigeria, I have sought funding from "untapped" sources and I am thinking through ideas to help local NGOs develop sustainable funding solutions through enterprise and creative strategies.

I also believe collaboration and networking will be key in propelling the movement forward and I think avenues such as World Pulse are making this happen. I foresee a challenge for women in developing countries who do not have access to the internet or ready access to the information pool. It would be beneficial, I think, to continue to invest in projects that make information more accessible to rural or poor women so they can join the playing field.

Thanks so much for sharing and keeping us updated!

Nov 29, 2010
Nov 29, 2010

Hi Jensine, your overall ideas for long-term fund raising sounds like a good start. Things I like about the ideas: involving the next generation; involving various govenments, who aterall will be the people who implement change and the creative activities which would educate people while letting the public interact. After reading an article in your wonderful latest edition of World Pulse magazine about violence to women, I had to agree that educating men and changing their minds, through the benefits that an educated girl/wife could bring to them. Unfortunately, men in the US don't have the same expectations of their daughters as they do for their sons, so education must start at home (considering that Congress' majority is still male). Here in McMinnville the schools had a "penny drive" for something recently and raised like, $1,000.00. That was a great way to educate young chilcren, while raising both awareness and money for something worthwhile. Many people I speak with are willing to give a little, if where it goes is transparent. Keep up the good work. The latest issue of the magazine has enough material in it to change the world. All we need to do is to have every person in our global community read it. Thank you staff and Jensine.

Vivian Emesowum
Nov 29, 2010
Nov 29, 2010

I really think to Hold a Global Women’s Funding Conference is a great plan.'Raise the bar and funding capacity for women and girls• Uniting networks, such as:o Women activistso Women policymakers—US and global government officialso Women Donors Networko Women Moving Millionso Global Women’s Fundo International women’s fundso Global women owned business owners"

When women of like minds come together, the end result is action and visibilty. If these event takes place, at least 70% of women and girls projects and initiatives will be funded and this will go a long way to create change and transform more women and girls to be empowered and productive. Also, it will bring a change in our conuntries and globally.