WOMEN'S WAY

Rating: 4.92 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Human Services

Location: 123 S Broad Street Suite 1399 Philadelphia PA 19109 USA

Mission: WOMEN’S WAY’s mission is to raise money and public awareness to fight for and achieve women’s equality, safety, self-sufficiency, and reproductive freedom through women-centered funding, advocacy, and education.
Target demographics: We serve women, girls, and families in the Philadelphia region.

2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Women's Way is a clearinghouse for a wide range of charities in the Delaware Valley that all support various needs for women, girls, and families. They help with housing, health care needs, physical safety, and advocate for local laws to support women's needs. I've only been involved in supporting them for two years, but I'm consistently amazed at what they do and how well they do it.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've only been involved in Women's Way for about a year, but I have been completely impressed by the intense devotion of the staff and volunteers, and the amount and quality of work that they are getting accomplished. Some organizations talk a good game - Women's Way really gets things done!

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

pushing local politicians to vote for earned sick leave in Philadelphia. They worked for years to get basic human rights and common sense public health legislation before the city council.

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

give them ten times their budget, so they could do even more!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer in multiple capacities for WOMENS WAY since its formation 34 year ago – from serving as chair of the annual fundraising dinner and several of its subcommittees, to serving on committees reviewing grant applications to representing WW in the city’s combined fundraising campaign, to most recently joining the Public Policy Committee. And in every instance, the staff and volunteers have been amazing! The staff is hardworking, passionate, creative, and energetic. And so are the volunteers. WW is an amazing and essential asset to our community – providing financial and other support for agencies which empower women and girls as well as advocating for programs and policies which empower women and girls. I have also seen the work of WW as a board member of several agencies which receive funding (don’t; worry I always disclose my conflict and leave the room when any agency in which I am involved is discussed). The essential funding for general operating and for new and emerging programs in so key to our community and its services for women and girls.

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

using , or referrring friends to, the services of many of the agencies funded by WW ; seeing the impact of funding on clients and services of funded agencies: and, to be totally selfish, learning a lot and meeting wonderful, dedicated adn passionate women ( and men)

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

spread the word even farther to get more folks involved

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

not sure - I feel that WW staff is very receptive to comments fro volunteers and alwasy gives us the opportunity both in surveys and in meetings to share our input about process and direction.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

definitely . I have learned an immense amount and met wonderful dedicated passionate people

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

like my talents were being very well, effectively and appropriately used

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I became aware of Women's Way when a client asked for my financial support for one of their fund raising events. This introduction led to my engagement in committee work and ultimately my board position. What I find most satisfying about the organization is my ability to aid and support so many diverse needs of women, girls and families. Through its grant making Women's Way meets the ever changing social and economic needs of women.

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

I have witnessed the individuals touched by the efforts of the organizations supported by Women's Way.

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

I would hope to be able to help the organization advance its advocacy work and expand its reach and footprint.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

through fudn raising requests

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Increasing efficiency in its grant making process

What is its top priority in the long run?

expanding its advocacy work

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a Women's Way volunteer for over 20 years . In that time I've watched the organization weather economic ups and downs and seen it continually evolve to best meet the needs of women and girls in our region. One of the things that makes Women's Way unique is that its yearly funding priorities are derived from the community at large at a yearly event. So while the mission itself is unchanging, the discretionary funding priorities do based on what is most needed at a given time, be it funding for groups that provide housing assitance to groups that provide clothing for job interviews.

One of the other things that has always impressed me is that every five years the organization goes through a long range planning process to evaluate the effectivness of their funding model. Over the years the model has changed and I like that the organization is dynamic. I feel confident in giving my time and money, knowing that the organization will continue to evolve as needed to keep pace with the needs of the community it serves.

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

Seeing the amazing creativity of the organizations we fund and partner with. Seeing first hand how the money I donate and help raise changes the lives of the women and girls we serve.

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

I wish we had more money at our disposal to give away!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I've made new friends and new professional contacts.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Like I had a hand in changing things for the better.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with Women's Way for almost 10 years in many volunteer capacities. My favorite volunteer activity is to sit on the Community Womens Fund committee and hand out money Women's Way raises to other well-deserving organizations. Then throughout the year I receive updates on those organizations and I can track all the wonderful things that Women's Way's money does for the community. It is a fantastic group of people working for many noble causes and raising a voice for the needs of Women., Girls and Families in the local, state, national and global community/

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

Personally I have benefited by what I have learned at the Women & Influence conferences I have attended. I have learned information that has helped me both as a parent of a daughter and as a family law practitioner.

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

Figure out how to get more money so we could give more money!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Women's Way combines a progressive, forward-thinking mission with highly professional staff and extremely committed Board and volunteers, as well as first-rate management, ethics and transparency. The Board members with whom I worked each brought professional expertise and personal commitment to the position. Further, Women's Way prides itself on being a voice for, and a listener to, the community it serves, which ensures that it remains in touch with the people and programs it serves.

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

helping agencies and programs that serve women and girls in southeastern PA and NJ.

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

Expand its fundraising, budget and grants.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Women's Way is the premier organization that is making an impact in the lives of women, children and families in our region. As a donor, I know that my dollars are going to an organization that is making a tangible difference in our community. Women's Way is truly the voice for women in our region.

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

The number of women and girls who benefit from the amazing work that Women's Way funds.

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

Encourage more people to support Women's Way's great work.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Women's Way is a regional powerhouse working to improve the lives, equality and voices of women and girls. I am proud to partner with the organization as a mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, advocate, activist, human. Women's Way has tremendous reach, influence, capacity and most importantly credibility. I have been involved with the organization going on 5 years now as a volunteer and donor and look forward to a continued relationship.

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

the network of amazing people I have met and worked with who are committed to Women's Way and its mission and programs.

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

give them a bigger budget! And support changes the Board and staff are already considering and implementing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Recently, I joined a group of women who had helped to found or support the early efforts of WOMEN'S WAY three decades ago. We agreed that, thanks to the work of the agencies and programs that WOMEN'S WAY has supported, the professional and volunteer network dedicated to abating the urgent needs of women and children has persevered, indeed grown, despite enormous political and financial obstacles. But, we also agreed that the needs today are as compelling as 30 years ago, requiring WOMEN'S WAY's ongoing powerful advocacy. WOMEN'S WAY must continue to capture and retain the attention of political operatives and corporate funders to battle the misconceptions and disadvantages that women and girls seeking equitable employment, effective healthcare and appropriate childcare continue to face daily.

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

...the enthusiasm of successive generations of young women who have joined the WOMEN'S WAY community to perpetuate and renew its effectiveness in spotlighting the needs of women and children

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

... support the changes the Board is already making.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I am impressed by the issues that Women's Way tackles, the community forums that it puts together, and the grantmaking it does on behalf of the womens issues.

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

in making selections for its honorees, applying for funding, attending forums and YWI.

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

put more efforts towards YWI

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