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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724-518-1169
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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm on the board for Becky's Fund, and spend a lot of time with the team and their clients. I can say with confidence (and data) that this organization's ability to raise awareness and serve constituents is as good as any that I've been a part of (I've served on several non-profit boards). Becky Lee (founder and ED) is very passionate about the mission and constantly supports victims and their families nearly 24x7, and the use of funds is very transparent and appropriate, guided by a thoughtful strategy and mission. The ethics and outcomes of Beckys Fund are excellent and the core reasons why I view them as among the best out there.

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

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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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  

I first discovered Becky's Fund in 2007 during one of the organization's fundraising events. I was struck with how different their approach is. Becky's Fund treats Domestic Violence (DV) as a basic human rights issue without politicizing the topic. Becky's straightforward focus on education and prevention make it possible for victims to become survivors, to focus on recovery and empowerment. The organization also engages young men and women in order to help form healthy attitudes about relationships at an early stage - before behavior patterns have become set in and destructive. But Becky's Fund also directly assists survivors in recovery. There are many charity/non-profit organizations in Washington DC. It is often difficult to measure the impact some of them have on their intended cause. But with Becky's Fund, I see it every day.

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

I worked directly with Becky Lee to help change a survivor's locks after she left a destructive and violent relationship. It was very gratifying to experience the positive impact this had on the woman's confidence.

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

I would raise more funding and push our programs out on a national level. This is a goal we strive to accomplish daily. We can always use more staff and resources!

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