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