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One Union Station Providence RI 02903 USA


To invest in women and girls in our community through research, advocacy and strategic partnerships to eliminate gender inequity through systemic change.


Through the Women's Policy Institute, the Women's Fund has trained more than 30 women in leadership, public policy and advocacy, to learn how to craft legislation and navigate the State House as policy leaders. In 2013 this work led to the passage of a historic paid family leave law when Rhode Island became the first in the nation to pass paid family leave law with job security. The first draft of this legislation was crafted by the Women's Policy Institute class in 2012. Launched RIGAP - the Rhode Island Government Appointments Project - and successfully partnered with the Governor to more than double the number of women appointed by the Governor to cabinet level positions, boards, and commissions in the public sector. Learn more at www.wfri.org

Target demographics:

advance the lives of women and girls by eliminating gender bias.

Geographic areas served:

State of Rhode Island


Training women in leadership, public policy and advocacy. The Women's Fund of Rhode Island is the go-to source for policy and research in the advancement of women and girls in our state.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Starting as a grant reviewer, meeting the grantees and then serving as a board chair I have been surrounded by amazing women doing work to improve the environment for women and girls in our state. The mission and initiatives are progressive, innovative and brilliant. The state and national landscape that the Fund finds itself in is a challenging one, but the work is strengths-based, evidence-based and iterative. Initiatives have been in partnership, with sustainable systems change in mind.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working with the Fund has enhanced my personal and professional life and learning on an organizational level and as a feminist activist.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide more funding so the Fund can implement all of the ideas that are generated.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The community and positive approach to what can seem daunting barriers for women and girls.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Knowledgeable, dynamic and positive.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the landscape of the legislature in RI and make policy changes that would make the state's funding more equitable for women and girls, reducing poverty and increasing social and economic conditions for families.

Ways to make it better...

I had more knowledge of the landscape of women's funding and how it generally works when I first joined the board.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Capacity and fundraising.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This is an agency that uses its resources wisely and is creating a wonderfu, open network of women in the state of RI.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

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