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WOMEN'S FUND OF RHODE ISLAND

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Causes: Civil Rights, Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, Philanthropy, Women, Womens Rights

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

Results: 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

Programs: 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.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Christina R C.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Women's Fund of Rhode Island and its staff is consistently dedicated to the progress of women & girls, with particular consideration for inclusion in the space. Their research, advocacy and grantmaking are just a few of the ways they're raising the voices of women in the state.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Women's Fund of RI is an amazing organization with a mission to work on achieving equity for women and girls in Rhode Island. It has an amazingly dedicated group of people who work to achieve systemic changes that would make RI an equitable state for all genders. The organization carries out several activities towards this goal such as running the Women's Policy Institute, having meaningful Cocktails and Conversation events on a variety of topics each year, carrying on meaningful research such reports on economic conditions of women of color, and also providing grants for various initiatives in the state.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Thanks to The Women's Fund of Rhode Island, I finally had the courage and confidence to testify at the State House on an issue I felt strongly about. I was able to tell a personal story about my best friend (we met in 2nd grade!) who had an abortion when she became pregnant with a boyfriend with whom she saw no future. Only her grandmother and I were aware of the pregnancy and her decision to terminate it. Since she couldn't tell her parents, I was her main emotional and physical support during the experience and its aftermath. I was so glad to be able to tell her story, and to explain why legalizing abortion was critical to women like Carol, pulling her out of the underground into the light.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent organization making big strides to empower women, promote equity and increase awareness of their mission.

1 Ellie B.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am honored to be able to work here and see the impact our work for gender equity in Rhode Island has made. We run salary negotiation workshops, a workshop on running for office, advocate for fair pay, stopping sexual harassment and reproductive freedom. Last year we gave out $50,000 in grants to nonprofits working on systems change through a gender lens. We just published research on Women of Color in Rhode Island and hold panel discussions throughout the year on relevant feminist topics. If making Rhode Island a gender equitable state is important to you, please volunteer with us or donate to us!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.