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Becky Lee Women's Support Fund

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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

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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 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.

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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a new member of the DC business community and an active participant in my community, I sought out other business professionals that were making an impact on the community. Partnering my business in Georgetown, Fitness Together with Becky's Fund has been an incredibly enjoyable experience. As my team and I have worked with Becky and her team to get them ready for the Tough Mudder race, I have gained a tremendous amount of respect for Becky Lee and all of those involved with her organization. Donating our services to help Becky's Fund has been a truly elevating experience. I would highly recommend getting involved with Becky's Fund and learning more about her organization. Thank you, Becky for starting such a great organization and asking Fitness Together Central Georgetown to be involved with your mission!

Stacy Adams- Owner of Fitness Together Central Georgetown

Melissa143

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am proud to support Becky's Fund as it strives to end domestic violence. Not only does Becky's Fund provide assistance to victims, they also encourage advocacy and foster awareness (equally important as these are preventative measures).

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Becky's Fund is a wonderful organization that focuses on assisting victims of domestic violence and helping them to transition from the abusive home environment into a safe lifestyle. My favorite part of the organization is the efficient work that its members do to make sure that the women being served receive the best possible help, not only by meeting their physical needs but also making sure that their emotional needs are met as well. In addition to the reactive work that Becky's Fund does, the organization also focuses on the preventive side of the domestic violence by teaching high school boys about healthy relationships, intimate partner violence, and what it means to be a leader in a relationship, in school, and also their community. Domestic violence is a complicated issue with many sides, and Becky's Fund tries to address every aspect of domestic violence in its community. The organization sponsors many fundraising events to unite the community against domestic violence and work towards a society that respects, honors, and protects women. Becky's Fund not only helps women, but it empowers them to take control of their lives and live as survivors instead of victims of domestic violence.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Becky's Fund is amazing! Not only does it lobby for the rights of those affected by domestic violence, but it helps find shelter, legal resources, and other essentials to help victims regain control and normalcy. Any funds or efforts placed in this charity will be so beneficial in a number of ways, spent towards its youth programs, clients, empowerment workshops, and so much more.

Working for BF gave me insight of the problems that many domestic violence victims face on a daily basis. I now have more confidence knowing that I have made a difference in the lives of those that desperately need help, support, and comfort. Always lead by a devoted and hard-working team, I know that Becky's Fund will make great strides towards eradicating domestic violence in our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Becky's Fund exceeds beyond other non-profits as a one-of-kind organization dedicated to spotlighting on the issue of domestic violence. Its creative fundraisers fundraisers attracts supporters from all backgrounds in various ways, from the simple donations to auctioning items.

One of the most outstanding feats of Becky's Fund is the importance it put on education and prevention programs in stopping domestic violence. I feel that many non-profits overlook this and Becky's Fund is dedicated to be the leader in changing this trend.

By volunteering with Becky's Fund, I get to see the ambitious, strong woman behind it all. Becky is truly an inspiration! And I got to see its loyal supporters from year to year. I am excited to see where Becky's Fund will be in the future!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For anyone who has suffered at the hand of domestic violence, Becky's Fund acts as a beacon of hope. I cannot sing their praises enough for the incredible work they do with spreading awareness and for encourging others to take a stand. The events they put on are not only creative and elaborate, they also attract people from all walks of life to come together to support a great cause. I am continually impressed by the drive and dedication they have to end domestic violence and help those in need. It goes without saying that they are a remarkable organization, and I am truly looking forward to future events!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Becky's Fund is a wonderful organization that I am proud to support. The passion behind the mission of Becky's fund is evident through Becky's tireless efforts to run the organization and make it a place where victims of abuse can feel safe. I've attended a number of Becky's fund events and the level of detail that goes into operating the organization, transcends into its events. The events are well planned, beautiful, and always classy. I would also say that the organization communicates messages that are frequent, consistent, and effective, which is vital to making sure that victims of abuse have a constant reminder that support is around the corner. This is truly wonderful organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

With so many non-profits in the area, Becky’s Fund stands out because of its founder, Becky Lee. She is one of the most passionate, compassionate, and hardworking people I know. Her tireless dedication to a cause that most people don’t want to recognize is inspiring. I initially volunteered because I believe in the fight against domestic violence, but have continued to volunteer for the last two years because Becky’s devotion encourages me to want to do more.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering for Becky’s Fund has been one of the most gratifying experiences I have had as a student here in Washington, D.C., over the past few years. I first became involved with the organization after Becky Lee came in as a guest speaker on the issue of domestic violence in one of my classes. Becky Lee has a personally inspiring story in the founding this non-profit and the level of her devotion to ending and preventing domestic violence for all women. After that one guest lecture, where Becky put an end to certain myths surrounding DV that I had always heard repeated (such as DV only manifesting as physical abuse), I knew I wanted to work for her organization by contributing my time. When I come into the office, I am given research assignments on university policies surrounding sexual harassment prevention and resources available to students, or domestic violence is rural Alaska where resources are few and far between. I have also been assigned to work on video projects that target 12 to 16 year-olds on the warning signs of dating violence. In such an accomplished and strong organization, I have been thrilled at how much responsibility I have been handed and how respected my work has been, which drives me to work even harder! I feel as though the work I do here is truly helping to make a difference in domestic violence awareness. I plan to stay with Becky’s Fund for a long time to come and I look forward to working directly with clients in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Donating money to a charity is one thing, but donating your time and sweat is another. As I like to joke with Becky, time is not tax deductible. When someone is really moved by a cause they are willing donate their time and energy to help support that cause. I remember getting a text from Becky, "hey, can you come help me out for an hour? We just need to move a few things." 4 or 5 hours later, we have finished moving a "few" things. But that is the life of someone involved with a great cause that they believe in, long days full of countless hours of work. I have never seen someone work as hard as Becky to successfully help others in need. She is able to do what she does, because of her belief in the mission of Becky's Fund. That belief and passion is contagious, and makes it easy to spend countless hours helping out. Bringing awareness to and ending domestic violence is one of the most worthy causes I have volunteered for and I look forward to dedicating more of my time and sweat in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Becky's Fund was one of the most important experiences of my life as in immigrant woman . Becky made me feel and this was not an issue only for Americans that is really happening world wide and we need to so something about it. Is so hard to be on other women shoes that's why you never have to underestimate the pain and the struggle of other people. I'm proud to represent all Latin woman and this charity cause today ... because if we don't do anything about it this issue could affect the people you love the most.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Becky's Fund was one of the most positive working experiences of my life. In the eight months I interned at BF I feel like we made such an impact on the campaign against domestic violence. Before working there I thought of DV as an important issue, but I did not truly realize its magnitude. Becky's Fund showed me that DV is a public issue that has family, community, and national ramifications. One of the great aspects of Becky's Fund is its ability to influence DV on the individual level and the community level. Its programs such as Financial Planning Sessions for Women directly help survivors who seek out help in restarting their lives. Simultaneously its Men's Mentorship Program and College Tour work toward preventing DV by educating America's youth about the issue. Becky's Fund is a wonderful organization that works tirelessly on the anti-DV campaign and is always looking for innovative ways of preventing it. My internship at Becky's Fund was worth every moment.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A friend introduced me to Becky Lee last winter and through speaking with her I first learned about Becky's Fund and its mission to raise awareness of domestic and dating violence. I took particular interest in Becky and her story because I had never met someone who started their own nonprofit organization. It is a relief everytime you meet someone so passionate about a cause that had never previously affected them directly. I believe this represents an awareness of human conditions and experience that extends far beyond oneself. Becky informed me of the various methods Becky's Fund utilizes to help accomplish its mission. One of the programs that I took an interest in is the Young Men's Mentorship program. The purpose of the program is to reduce future instances of domestic violence by providing a role model and setting a positive example for young men who are determined to be at risk of potentially becoming abusers in adulthood. Becky introduced me to the program by inviting me to attend various program events. I discovered that Becky's Fund allowed me the opportunity to contribute to a great cause on a personal level that is missed out on when you just contribute through monetary donations. Becky Lee represents a degree of selflessness that is to be admired and possesses a wealth of compassion. It is a pleasure to work with her and Becky's Fund.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over the past year of interning at Becky's Fund, I've gained valuable insight into the issues surrounding dating and domestic violence through Becky, the other amazing interns, the many enthusiastic volunteers, the numerous survivors willing to bravely share their stories, and so many others I have met through this organization. Each person affiliated with Becky's Fund has taught me so much about the horrors of domestic violence, the inner workings of DC area nonprofits, and life in general. Thank you, Becky and Becky's Fund, for the opportunity to spend my time helping you put an end to dating and domestic violence!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

First, I'd like to say how inspiring the founder and driving force, Becky Lee, is. It's been truly a pleasure interning at Becky's Fund thus far due to its inviting office environment and the valuable learning experience I have gained in just a few weeks. Everyone is so motivated to making a difference in educating others on the devastating effects of domestic violence through programs and events that are not only informative, but also fun. Becky's Fund is unique because it's not there to simply lecture facts and statistics, but to include and educate the next generation on promoting healthy relationships.