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Causes: Civil Rights, Philanthropy, Private Independent Foundations, Women, Womens Rights

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.

Community Stories

78 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

As an active member of the DC Community, I first joined Becky’s Fund in efforts to help raise funds and awareness to end Domestic Violence by participating in the Tough Mudder representing the organization. The entire experience was incredibly valuable, from making new connections, to empowering each other to get through one of the most difficult obstacle courses on the planet, which was all to help support such a great cause that really shines a light on how common and prevalent domestic violence is in today’s society. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to learn about Becky’s Fund, as not more than a year and a half later, I found myself in an unfortunate situation of my own when my home and work life were both compromised. Fortunately for me, in my time of distress, my mother was able to remind me to reach out to Becky’s Fund. I was given the resources to help me relocate to a safe space where my pets and I were not in danger. I was also given a tremendous amount of continuous support and strength to rebuild my life, so I could reunite with my family members as I was no longer able to continue working at my job or live in my home. I don’t know where I would have been without the help and support of this Foundation. I am a Domestic Violence Survivor and proud to be a continued supporter of Becky’s Fund.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Becky's Fund was so helpful to me in my time of need. I only hope that one day I can pay all that she and her team did for me forward

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am still in the process of reclaiming my life.

I reached out to Becky Lee, founder and executive director of Becky’s Fund, after more than two (2) years of a downward spiral, following my domestic violence incident. I was in Texas, yet despite being on the other side of the country, Becky found a way to meet with me. One day later, she arrived with an SUV full of clothing for me. The packed SUV was followed up by a drop off of multiple bags and boxes of clothing.

Becky intuitively understood, the more I 'feel like me,' the better I feel. She encouraged me to keep eating and practice self-care. She had one of the most respected security risk threat-assessment consultants contact me regarding the safety issues all victims of domestic violence face. To help me deal with the aftermath, Becky assigned two staff, Sarah and Meghana, to help me. Meghana was in charge of ‘all things’ financial: saving, spending, and budgeting. She built a custom-made spreadsheet, based around my personal expenses, for me to track every dollar. Sarah was in charge of the legal aspects and my job search. I hadn’t been receiving any responses after sending out an unbearable number of resumes and cover letters. It was difficult to find and/or maintain a job during my long-term abusive relationship. My time gap was lengthy and needed explanation. Sarah helped me redraft my cover letter. The following day, four staff members of Becky’s Fund, conferenced me in and coached me through explaining the time gap and the domestic violence incident. A brief mock interview, so I was prepared to provide easy answers without expressing too much emotion. The conference call was auspicious. The following day, I received a call from a recruiter I sent my resume and newly ‘carefully crafted’ cover letter to, a few weeks back. She wondered if I was available to start temping tomorrow, for just one or two weeks. It was in my field. It was Sarah’s cover letter that maneuvered me past the gatekeeper. The first day, I impressed my new ‘temporary’ boss so much, he offered to let me use him as a reference. That was a month ago. We haven’t figured out the logistics yet but he wants to keep me. I am now working for a boss who inspires me daily to both become better at what I do and become a better version of myself. I have kept track of my finances, per Meghana’s instructions, and am more than halfway to my financial goal. Halfway home…

In such a short time, I realized, Becky was much different than the other domestic violence advocates I had reached out to for help. Becky truly wants to make a difference. Her work and dedication prove it. But Becky didn’t try to control me, as other advocates had. Control, too similar, to the control my abuser had exerted over me in my long-term abusive relationship. Becky advises and holds you accountable but she places you in control of your own destiny. Becky and her team, in just a few months, had made more of a difference than all the DV advocates had, put together, over more than two years. Becky and her team at Becky’s Fund are brilliant at their respective roles and dedicated - answering emails, calls and texts on the weekend and working tirelessly into the night. They are so supportive; I don’t feel alone anymore. I have a small but powerful village behind me. I haven’t gotten to the other side yet but I know with Becky and her team at Becky’s Fund behind me, I am going to make it. They just don’t fail.

Becky’s reach is long; her resources are widespread; and her heart is all in. I couldn’t begin to articulate my gratitude and appreciation for all they do, continue to do, and who they are. And the intentions Becky has set for herself on who she’s to become. Becky and her team at Becky’s Fund are the true Gladiators in DC.

Please support Becky Lee and Becky’s Fund. You, too, can help her make a difference for victims of Domestic Violence. For more information, her website is here: http://www.beckysfund.org

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Client Served

Rating: 5

No words can clearly express the gratitude I have for your charity. In a time when it seemed my world was falling apart, opened doors were quickly closing and my cry for justice from abuse was falling on deaf ears, it was through the recommendation of a friend that I found Becky’s Fund. This still has been the best recommendation I’ve ever received.

As someone who, fortunately, was unfamiliar with domestic violence until it happened to me, I felt misunderstood and was so excited to be able to see and know that there were advocated out there for survivors such as myself. Becky’s Fund showed me that you cannot only survive from domestic violence, but you can thrive! Your organization taught me to thrive in a time when I didn’t think that was possible; to fight through the tough times and help solidify that leaving my abuser was the right thing. Your organization somehow made such an ugly topic, which was swept under the rug by generations past; into a realistic problem that plagues our city. It can happen to even the most unsuspecting people.

While I am happy to say that I am a survivor and continue to thrive it would have been possible without supporters such as Becky’s Fund along the way to validate my self-esteem and guide me in the right direction. I only hope that other will not only survive but also thrive through breaking the cycle of abuse and landing on the solid ground that they do deserve better.

I continue to admire all of the efforts through Becky’s Fund and though there is not a price to put on having even just 5 minutes worth of support from someone who understands first hand I would like to donate to your cause. I hope that my donation would help in making another person’s life better and healthier. I am interested in how I can volunteer with Becky’s Fund because I am very passionate about helping victims of domestic violence, sharing awareness, and fighting this pressing issue.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Becky's Fund helped to assist me with a recent domestic violence situation. They gave me immediate assistance, as it was urgent. Not only did they provide me with invaluable legal information about my case, but they helped me on a psychological level as well. Becky's Fund helped me understand the ripple effect that abuse can have on the victim emotionally, as well as physically. One of their team members even reached out to help me navigate the protective order process and gave me safety tips before, during, and after the order was served. Working with the Becky's Fund helped me regain a sense of control and empowerment during a time that was very scary for me and my family. Their services are so incredibly valuable for those who experience the horrible effects of domestic violence that, unfortunately, are so prevalent in our society.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't thank Becky's Fund enough for the all of the help, love, and support they brought back into my life. If you're like I was: Broken. Hurt. Angry. Sad. Know this: YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Thank you, Becky's Fund. For everything!!! don't know where I would be without you.

1 Nerea F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with Becky Lee for almost two years. Her nonprofit origination is something beyond five stars. I had the pleasure of volunteering with Becky's Fund this past year and was immediately struck by the amazing work that is done. Compromise and commitment, she also offer direct services referrals to current victims and survivors.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have supported Becky's Fund for years and I cannot express the amount of awareness and resources the organization has provided over the years. Without a voice, this disease would still be hidden behind closed doors and swapped under the rug. Becky has made it her life mission to eradicate this issue once and for all because 'Freedom from Domestic Violence is Our Right'! Thank you, Becky, for all that you've done and bringing this life-threatening issue to the forefront of everyone's attention!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I rarely post online reviews/comments but because the work and cause to end and prevent domestic violence is one that is so important, I wanted to leave this note. Initially, I came across this organization because they assisted and supported someone I personally know. The programs they have, including Men of Code is something real and tangible. Working with athletes to help build them not only physically but as strong exemplary members of the community is something I fully support. Becky and her team actively help survivors of violence through every step of what is often a long process. I have never heard of her ever turning away anyone. Keep up the good work.

1 Zora C.

Former staff

Rating: 5

My daughter and I have volunteered with Becky's Fund for over 6 years. As a domestic violence survivor it is important for me to provide my daughter with the knowledge and tools to overcome anything. We worked with Becky to develop the Becoming Your Own Heroine program which benefits young girls and teenagers. I also worked directly with Becky as a staff member and witnessed first hand the dedication not only from Becky, but from those inspired by her.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having personally witnessed domestic violence, there is nothing more in this world I wish to bestow on my daughter than self-empowerment and self-worth. My daughter, who is ten now, and I have volunteered with Becky's Fund for 2 1/2 years. Becky and her organization have been instrumental in my daughter's growth and understanding. From workshops with the Girl Scouts on self-empowerment and knowing your rights, to Critical Incident Awareness Training teaching her to escape possible life-threatening situations. The events and workshops have been amazing, and I do not know that I would have found alternatives if Becky's Fund did not exist.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got involved with the Beckysfund in 2009, as a former NFL player that walked in The Walk This Way fashion show. That was my first time ever meeting Becky Lee and I got good energy from her and about her mission. I got more involved because what she's advocating to stop brought memories to me and I've seen the growth of Beckysfund. I've spoken with a mother and son who had to gain courage to leave an abusive situation and to see that they are doing well gives us all a great feeling! I've had the privilege to speak to the athletes who are apart of Men of Code and stressed the point to learn how to conduct themselves in relationships, respect themselves and others, seek help when a problem arise, and strive to active doing something positive in the community. I have been involved with Beckysfund for seven years now and I proud of this small nonprofit grow and make huge positive impacts on young student athletes, those seeking help in abusive relationships and how this organization has gotten great community support so the mission can be carried out. I look forward to this organization's future and being on the Beckysfund Team to do my part to be a mentor.

1 Howard L.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been on the board of this amazing organization for close to 5 years now; aside from working for a cause that's very near and dear to my heart, it is also Becky's unparalleled work ethics, magnanimous and effervescent personality, as well as her steadfast passion that's kept me close by her side for all of these years. Her dedication to the mission of eradicating this global pandemic is bordering sainthood and we are all lucky to have her on our side fighting the good fight and giving voices to those who are too afraid to speak out. Here's to all that you do: Cheers, Becky!!

1 Charles65

Board Member

Rating: 5

My interest in Becky's Fund began with being the father of 2 daughters who were starting to seriously date as they got older. I quickly learned that domestic violence can impact both women and men and their families, especially children. I was amazed by the passion of both Becky Lee and the staff of Becky's Fund in their quest to educate the public and prevent domestic violence. My involvement in Men of Code has provided me the opportunity to create a strong mentor relationship with young athletes, to guide them and offer them advice on not only relationship issues but life. It's has been a very rewarding experience for me. Becky's Fund is available 24/7 in working directly with survivors and helping them get safe, find housing, find a lawyer, and get mental support and I have personally witnessed the positive results for victims due the assistance provided by Becky's Fund.

As a small nonprofit, Becky and her team accomplish so much with the support of the community to impact change both from the prevention side with educating youth and directly with survivors. As a Board Member I am proud to continually support Becky and Becky's Fund, as I believe every day they make a difference in this world.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at Becky's Fund with another survivor in 2013 for the Walk This Way event. As a professional in this field I have seen how effective Becky's Fund continues to be with their Men of Code program, creating strong mentorship with the athletes to prevent violence. I have also worked with the nonprofit to help get survivors get safe, find housing, and with mental health assistance. I personally have seen how much Becky's Fund can do with the support of the community to impact change with prevention and education programs.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I really do not know what this nonprofit does that is special. There are other nonprofits in the DC area that do very, very good work in the field of domestic violence, such as the DC Coalition against Domestic Violence, and My Sister's Place. This seems like a simple vanity project, and I believe that we as a community need to stand behind organizations that are helping to provide true support to the community. I understand that there are people who are "passionate" about these topics, and I appreciate that. However, the programs that this non-profit runs seem to be dedicated towards building the personal brand of one individual alone.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

NO! You were NOT at the Capitol Hill during the hearing of MY PANEL DISCUSSION ON IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM.

Ms. Lee and I expressly discussed the lies in this video when I returned from a conference in London in April of 2010, and I was under the impression that this video was deleted from the internet.

When confronted with the lies in this video, Ms. Lee repeatedly apologized for her deceptive conduct (all of which is documented), and she assured me that she would take necessary steps to correct the lies perpetuated in this video, which took advantage of my international policy-related work.

It is an absolute disgrace that Ms. Lee continues to use others to further her attempt at reaching "celebrity" status and climbing social ladders of various kind. http://youtu.be/ES5TaeOk2no

Review from Guidestar

1 Amelia6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I believe that God works in poignant and telling ways, which is exemplified by my relationship with Becky's Fund and Becky Lee. 4 months ago, I was finally able to end my abusive relationship, during which I lost my identity, was isolated from my friends and family, and suffered physical abuse. Before my relationship, I had had the opportunity to work with Becky’s Fund as a model in their annual charity fashion show as a model. I learned about the organization’s message, to foster awareness about domestic violence and eradicate it from our culture. And while I never realized I was in an abusive relationship as it was unfolding, I was lucky to have a light at the end of my dark tunnel, as I realized I was living with an abuser. As I ended my relationship, and looked for ways to heal and recover, I reached out to Becky, the founder of Becky’s Fund and asked her if I could come in and talk. She has been an amazing friend and mentor, in working with me in my personal journey to rebuild my life, and also helping me to reach others, and use my story to change the perceptions of domestic violence. I am so excited to continue to work with Becky’s Fund and speak to groups of young people, urging them to be more aware of abuse that might creep into their relationships and the relationships of those close to them.

2 RochelleKasha

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first was introduced to Becky's Fund while volunteering as a model in their 2009 Walk This Way fashion show. Although I was a victim of abuse as a child and had developed PTSD from the trauma, I had not been able to comprehend the common factors from my past experiences that were related to domestic violence. A few months after being introduced to Becky’s Fund, I found myself trapped in a controlling relationship, which quickly escalated to consist of regular and extreme abuse. After barely surviving 20 months of multiple brutal incidences, I miraculously gained enough strength, through the little bit of hope I had left, to leave the situation no matter what it took.
Despite being completely alone with no support and nowhere to go, the feeling of freedom that I gained for escaping that relationship made it all worthwhile.
This is not to say that everything in my life was suddenly remotely perfect. The reality proved to be quite challenging. Nonetheless, the self-confidence I had obtained through my experience left me knowing I could get through anything life was to put in front of me. This time around, I could feel something was different; I had a choice and had finally gained a voice. Since those events, I have had an immense passion to get involved and reach out to others in similar situations. I recently contacted Becky, the founder of Becky’s Fund, after being reminded through Facebook what this organization is all about. Becky’s immediate response, which showed so much interest, compassion and understanding, is the reason I have come to feel comfortable with speaking out, opening up and sharing my story with others. Thanks to the support of Becky’s Fund, I am now being given the opportunity to learn valuable tools that allow me to share my message in a more efficient manner and, most importantly, to continuously be educated on domestic violence, awareness, and prevention.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Becky's Fund has been such a vital part in the DC Community when it comes to raising awareness for domestic violence. The organization doesnt just focus on working with victims, but rather works proactively in preventing further domestic violence as an issue in our community. I have had the pleasure and honor of attending many of the events and working on fundraisers and have seen just how dedicated the team at Becky's Fund is to each and every single program. I never felt that my time or money was going to be wasted because the organization stays in touch with its followers on keeping them updated with which programs they are funding and how those programs are making a positive impact. Just recently, I participated in the Tough Mudder fundraiser which brought diverse members of the DC Fitness community together to empower several dozen volunteers to raise money while bettering their own personal lives. Also, one program I want to highlight is Becky's Fund Men of Code which is a segment of the organization that works with local DC highschool male athletes and teaching them the importance of healthy relationships.

This organization continually strives to not only spread the message of its cause but to truly embed itself in the community and better it from within.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As Becky's work with victims of domestic violence expands. She goes into the community and attempts to get to the root cause. She tirelessly works with young adults teaching life skills that make a difference. This is paramount as the lessons learned now will give these young adults the tools and education to make the right decisions when difficult circumstances arrive.

I was honored to speak to a auditorium full of young athletes at a school so poor; for many the school lunch is their only meal of the day. Many in the audience are the primary caretaker of younger siblings while still being in high school themselves.

The level of engagement was extraordinary and I was surprised how responsive they where with me and how they reacted to Becky. While actively involved in other charitable organizations I was awed by her work and inspired to help in anyway I can. I look forward to further participation and cannot wait to see what she tackles next.