Becky Lee Women's Support Fund

Rating: 4.83 stars   64 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Philanthropy, Women

Location: 5 Thomas Circle NW Fourth floor Washington DC 20005 USA

Mission: Becky Lee Women's Support Fund (Becky's Fund) was founded in November 2006 by Becky Lee, an advocate and attorney for battered women's rights. After seeing the lack of support for small domestic violence organizations, she decided to create an organization to help both battered women and other organizations that fight domestic violence continue the work they were doing on behalf of these battered women.
Results: Through our Emergency Services and Support program, on a monthly basis, we are directly working with about 10 clients, adding up to about 120 families a year. Last year, we helped about 30 women through our Financial Literacy program and this year we look to assist over 40 women and their families. Through our National Domestic Violence College Tour, we have reached over 50 schools and over 10,000 students over the past 7 years. Over the last 5 years of the Becoming Your Own Heroine program, we have reached over 1,000 young girls. We will be working with over 400 young men from 2013 – 2015 in the Men of Code program. We look forward to working with over 25 families during 2013 through our Peace at Home program.
Programs: Issue: 1 in 4 women are affected by domestic violence. Program: Emergency Services and Support Through our direct services, we assist survivors with finding an attorney, housing, job placement, and childcare. Issue: Lack of financial independence is the major reason for abused women to remain with their abuser.  Program: Financial Literacy Through our Financial Literacy Program, we teach survivors how to achieve financial liberation and independence through coursework on budgeting, retirement, and family planning; supported in 2012 by Northwestern Mutual and TD Bank. Issue: The highest rate of dating violence occurs between 16 to 24 years old.  Program: National Domestic Violence College Tour Our National Domestic Violence College Tour, which has reached over 45 campuses nationwide provides educational workshops, teaching male and female college students the warning signs of an abusive relationship and how to help an accountable bystander, and is sponsored by respective colleges, universities and student groups. Issue: 50-80% of teens know a peer in a violent relationship and nearly 80% of physically abused girls in their relationship remain to date their abuser.  Program: Becoming Your Own Heroine  Through our “Becoming Your Own Heroine” Program, we collaborate with the Girl Scouts and youth organizations to train and educate “tweens” on dating violence, self-defense, and artistic expression; supported in 2010 by McDonalds. Issue: Due to domestic violence being a gendered crime and problem, work must be done with men and boys to teach them how to become allies to women and girls.  Program: Men of Code Through our “Men of CODE” program, we are partnering with DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Friendship Collegiate High School to create a new program that engages men and boys to become leaders and allies in the movement to end violence against women.  MoC represents Men of Character and Ownership, Dedicated to Leading by Example. Issue: Veterans with PTSD are 2-3 times more likely than veterans without PTSD to engage in intimate partner violence.   Program: Peace at Home Through our “Peace at Home” program, we partner with mental health professionals, military, and affected military families to address the effects of PTSD on the family unit and provide support to prevent suicide and increased violence to family members.
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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm proud to be affiliated with Becky's Fund. Domestic and dating violence is shockingly prevalent, affecting one in three women during her lifetime. Becky's Fund, under the thoughtful and capable leadership of Becky Lee, is an organization that implements large-scale changes while also providing meaningful and one-on-one support to victims. The organization's team is exceedingly committed to empowering women and girls and to the fight against domestic and dating violence. I'm altogether confident that the organization has already made and will continue to make a difference in the lives of women.

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

witnessing the stories of victims turned survivors thanks to the organization's efforts.

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

Make it bigger ... nationwide or even international. It will happen. :)

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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

Personal gratification

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Empowered to help

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a volunteer and supporter of the Becky fund; it means a lot to me to know that there is an organization that fosters the awareness of domestic violence. As a post victim, being a part of the Becky fund and having to opportunity to see how hard the organization work to encourage the advocacy of such violence, has not only elevated my awareness, but has also provided me with the knowledge and the tools to enhance the awareness of others. I personally feel that in today’s society, the awareness of domestic violence can never be express enough. Thank you Becky fund for all that you continue to do.

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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.)

Yes

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

wonderful

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a long time Washington D.C. resident and professional, many worthy organizations approach me and fellow DC-ites to contribute time, funds and general support for their particular cause. Becky's Fund was brought to my attention after first starting its aggressive campaign against the violence against women problem our country has, and I have been a supporter since as a donor, volunteer, and informal advisor to Ms. Lee. What's important here is that Ms. Lee is a hands on leader who tackles this sensitive issue head on. She has assisted women I know in DC with their issues in this regard, helping them work out their own personally painful experiences. However, and more important, she is working as a professional and attorney to eliminate the cause of the problem - a lack of education among young men and women regarding violence and unacceptable behavior. I will continue to support Beckys Fund in its fight. And while I am a father of two girls, so I am biased about the importance of this issue, it is an issue that affects all of us in some way, and it must be addressed by compassionate and informed professionals like Ms. Lee.

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

Beckys Fund has assisted women I know during terrible times in their lives surrounding domestic violence incidents through counselling and other actions

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

Ensure Board members donate more funds and expand the "member support base" to ensure a continual flow of funds, not just at special events. Otherwise, it is well run by Ms. Lee.

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

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Violence against women

Why did you make your donation at this time?

Special Event

What would you tell others about this organization?

A cause worthy of their time and money - a good organization to help during these tough times.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

My introduction to Becky's Fund was the 2010 Walk This Way Charity Fashion Show and after that experience I was compelled to get involved. I am currently a volunteer and supporter of Becky's fund and enjoy the opportunity to serve others while raising awareness of such an important issue. Since my introduction I have been involved with other events to include but not limited to the Becky’s Fund Young Men’s Mentoring Program, 2011 Walk This Way Charity Fashion Show and even walked a mile in heels to raise awareness. It is not a surprise to see the impact in one year on the important work of Becky's Fund as more people have gotten involved in assisting the mission. It is very exciting to observe this first hand and I am looking forward to what's next.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a volunteer, supporter,friend and client of Becky's fund.
We have held self-defense classes at Jordin's Paradise dance and fitness studio and we have choreographed a dance skit for Walk this way 2010. Becky helped me get through some difficult times and supported me mentally. Whatever I needed help with at any time she was there to assist me. One of the greatest non-profits I have worked with and we are going to do more, greater and bigger things together that will have an impact in the World.

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

my Life

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

get more people involved.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I guess I would be under Client Served and Volunteer. I will put client served though because that is the capacity where I have benefited most. I met Becky about 2 years ago, around the year anniversary of my rape. Since then, she has been a true friend and source of support through my struggles with that experience and dealing with other domestic abuse situations from before and since. I have especially appreciated her efforts to kick me in the ass so to speak, to push myself further to be of help to myself and to others. She believes in me and that has helped me have confidence that I am on a healthy road in dealing with myself and others. I am forever thankful that she pushed me to write for the Becky's Fund newsletter about an event that related to my experiences. I was so angry that she "made" me write! And it was one of the best things anyone has ever done for me because it helped me to move on in a way I had not been able to do for over a year. And she has had faith in me to give back by way of assisting with her Workshops for girls and young women. It has been such a rewarding experience to help inform young people to be self-aware and supportive of others. I did not have this kind of support at a young age and I feel blessed to have an opportunity to help children in any way.
More recently Becky has yet again been pro-active in helping me deal with more recent developments. She personally keeps up with me and encourages me. Through her organization I meet other like-minded people who have been a great source of support. Whenever I am around this group of people I feel so positive about the direction I am taking in my life. It has been a difficult road but one made easier to travel by the people at Becky's Fund.
I am looking forward to again helping with the "Becoming your own Heroine" workshop.

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

Helping young people at the "Becoming your own Heroine" workshops; writing about my experiences; having Becky help support me through my own ordeals and encouraging me to participate in opportunities available to survivors of domestic abuse; help with my resume; involvement the amazing events they hold throughout the year

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

I am so thankful to Becky and Becky's Fund. I hope to help in more ways. Becky's Fund is a very pro-active group that manages to see the big picture -- educating people about domestic abuse -- yet never loses sight of those struggling to leave an abusive situation. Through education and day-to-day assistance, this organization is making a big difference in people's lives on all fronts, including mine.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

through a hh where I met Becky

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

This group, especially Becky and fellow survivors, have encouraged me to have confidence in myself and the progress I have made in my life. They help me on so many levels, from finding a job to figuring out my finances to just having someone to talk to. And through them they remind me that, through my experiences, I have a lot to give back to others.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a board member, volunteer, and friend, Becky's Fund is a movement: a movement towards a world, a community, a culture that is free of domestic violence and the emotional, mental, spiritual and physical devastation that it inflicts upon the victims. Becky Lee has discovered and has promoted that the key to stopping DV is not only in taking an introspective look at the victim, but for EVERYONE to be accountable, for men and women to ask the question: "Why does he/she abuse, control, harm?" We often want to point to the victim with heavy hearts and deep concern and help them to leave. BF is educating and creating awareness around the issue where we are forced to be accountable and to look at the symptoms, signs, and sources of the despicable behavior that often destroys lives and, much too often, takes lives. As a mom, a sister and a friend, I am thankful for organizations like BF -- which is not afraid to be bold and to take a stand. I am honored to be a part of the movement.

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

In so many ways-being engaged with survivors of domestic violence who have become empowered, encouraged and strengthened by the hard work, never-ending diligence and committment of the organization to help whenever and however they can.

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

I would make none.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Becky's Fund is one of the hardest working organizations I know that is 100% dedicated in helping women dealing with domestic violence. Founder Becky Lee has told me some pretty powerful stories of situations that if the organization wasn't around, I honestly don't know if a positive outcome would of developed for the women. The organization is truly remarkable in what it does and stand for. It was such an honor to meet Becky and see her passion, drive, and grit, to put an end to domestic violence.

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

A recent domestic violence awareness event.

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

Becky's fund is to me personally the best thing I've ever been involved in for a variety of reasons. For one thing, Becky herself has been a very good friend to me for something like seven years now, and it's nice to put a face to an organization and know that the goals of that organization are being met and strived for.
It's also been quite an experience to see it grow from an idea into a full fledged non profit in such a short period of time. It's incredible to see that Becky's Fund is making an impact not just here in Washington DC, but throughout the US.
In addition, I like the way that Becky's Fund has matured in terms of the people involved in it. I think that having the board members it has now makes the organization significantly more credible. And that's not to say that it wasn't credible before...it certainly was. But now even more so.
In terms of my personal experiences, I must say that something I absolutely love about Becky's Fund is that I'm always having fun when I'm helping out. Yes, some events can be stressful, but that's just the nature of the event; you want it to do well and you want it to be well received. It's no different than being in school and giving presentation or putting your artwork out in the public eye: you want it to be well received and you want it to mean something.
Now to the left of the window I'm writing in now, it gives some tips...and one of them is to give specific examples. Well, right off the bat there's the Gold Cup races that Becky's Fund had tents at and the Walk This Way events in the last two years. In addition, all the community outreach work that Becky's Fund is involved in....various galas in the the DC area that Becky's Fund participates in, and of course the event with the Nationals.

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

the way that I see ideas for events come to fruition.

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

Clone Becky and a lot of the people in Becky's Fund and open offices in countries that aren't as developed as the US.

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 met a great number of people that I actually enjoy seeing at other events.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I'm no the kind of person who gets emotional and says things like, "Oh my God, this was so rewarding, I feel like a new man." It just seemed like the right thing to do...it's no different than helping an old woman cross the street or picking something up that someone unknowingly dropped.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 4 stars  

As an intern at Becky's Fund, I have not only learned more about domestic violence, but also about the different walks in life people have encountered. I have great respect for victims of domestic violence, especially the survivors who manage to get out of the abusive relationship and are willing to share their story. I also have great respect for Becky Lee, the executive director of Becky's Fund who works tirelessly to make sure that our commuinty becomes more educated about domestic violence. Many people might think that working in a domestic violence organization can become quite depressing, but in reality that's not the case at Becky's Fund. Becky Lee creates a great working environment for her interns, making her one of the best people to work with. Her creativity with the numerous events she holds are great ways of spreading awareness about domestic violence. I am confident to say that my experience at Becky's Fund has been one of the best experiences I've had.

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

the way I interact with people and view life.

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

As Becky's Fund progresses, it would be a good idea for Becky's Fund to have it's own shelter where victims of abuse can go to for help.

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