Non-profit

Women Donors Network (WDN)

Website:

womendonors.org

Location:

SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Tax ID:

05-0542397

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2015):

Revenue: $3,304,487
Expenses: $3,597,481
Assets: $2,380,382

Formation:

2002

Type:

Womens’ Donor Networking Group

President:

Donna P. Hall

Women Donors Network (WDN) is a left-of-center donor networking group for female advocacy funders. The claims over 200 donor members who contribute over $175 million to left-of-center causes each year. [1] The group says that it “use[s] an intersectional lens — including race, class, gender, and sexual orientation — in everything we do.” [2]

History

The Women Donors Network was founded in August 2002. [3]  The organization has since expanded to include over 200 women donors, and claims that its members contribute over $175 million to left-of-center progressive causes each year. [4]

The donors themselves are largely anonymous. New members pay a $4,000 introductory fee, and a $5,000 renewal contribution every year. A $9,000 contribution to the WDN itself is suggested, and referred to as a member paying her “equal share.” [5]

Tracey DuVivier Gary, a relative of the Pillsbury family, helped co-found the Women Donors Network. She has helped start a number of left-of-center funding organizations focused on women’s issues, including the Women’s Foundation of California, the Women’s Philanthropic Institute, Women Moving Millions, and Funders for Gay and Lesbian Issues. [6]

Advocacy Activity

WDN is led by a board of directors that oversees a number of subcommittees, referred to as “circles,” each dedicated to a political issue. For example, within the WDN there is the Reproductive Health circle, the Criminal (In)justice circle, and the Immigration circle. [7]

Shaunna Thomas, co-founder of a left-wing feminist group called Ultraviolet, is a member of the WDN’s Reproductive Health Circle. “One of the reasons having WDN’s support so early was really important to our success over the long-term was that they were not being prescriptive about exactly how we do the work,” said Thomas. [8]

On December 7, 2017, the Women Donors Network Action Fund was established. The two organizations have a “resource sharing agreement,” and share many of the same personnel. [9]

Campaigns

WDN directs large amounts of money to other liberal organizations and causes, while also running a number of its own campaigns.

The Reflexive Democracy Campaign was started by the WDN in 2014. The campaign conducts research showing a preponderance of power allegedly held by white men, and supports activist groups that aim to address this issue. Under the banner of this campaign, the WDN has donated to dozens of groups, including FairVote, Oakland Rising, and OneAmerica. [10]

Jean Hardisty Initiative is a WDN campaign dedicated to supporting black women activist leaders. [11] Alicia Garza, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter, has said that WDN was one of the first organizations to offer its support. Another Garza organization, Black Futures Lab, also received WDN support through the Hardisty campaign; the group has said that it“is a vehicle that aims to transform black communities into constituencies that wield independent, progressive political power.” [12] Within the Jean Hardisty Initiative, WDN has also supported the National Domestic Workers Alliance. [13]

Emergent Fund

The Women Donors Network has recently put an emphasis on funding organizations as quickly as possible. In partnership with the Solidarity Network, the Threshold Network, and the Proteus Fund, the WDN launched the Emergent Fund project, which makes large, non-restricted donations to activist groups without requiring all the steps of a formal grant making process. [14] The Emergent Fund was started as a response to President Trump’s victory in the 2016 election, which WDN believes poses a “multidimensional” threat to minority communities. By design, the application process can be completed in 15 minutes, and doesn’t require that organizations submit “5-year plans, logic models, organizational charts, or budgets.” [15]

The Women Donors Network has been a client of controversial left-wing political consultancy Democracy Partners. [16] [17]

Leadership

Donna P. Hall has served as president and CEO of the WDN since its founding in 2002. She previously worked at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, the Center for Advancement of Women, and the Rockefeller Foundation. [18]

References

  1. “Video: WDN Member Impact.” Women Donors Network: Generosity Multiplied. Accessed April 05, 2019. https://womendonors.org/video-wdn-member-impact/.
  2. “What We Fund.” Women Donors Network: Generosity Multiplied. Accessed April 03, 2019. https://womendonors.org/funded-projects/.
  3. “Donna P. Hall.” Women Donors Network: Generosity Multiplied. Accessed April 03, 2019. https://womendonors.org/people/donna-p-hall/.
  4. “Video: WDN Member Impact.” Women Donors Network: Generosity Multiplied. Accessed April 05, 2019. https://womendonors.org/video-wdn-member-impact/.
  5. “Join Us.” Women Donors Network: Generosity Multiplied. Accessed April 03, 2019. https://womendonors.org/join/.
  6. Dreifus, Claudia. “Joyful Donor to Women’s Causes Teaches Other Inheritors.” The New York Times. November 12, 2016. Accessed April 03, 2019. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/13/your-money/donor-womens-causes-teaches-other-inheritors.html.
  7. Audited Financial Statements, Women Donors Network 2016-2017. Accessed April 3, 2019. https://womendonors.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Women-Donors-Network-Audited-Financials-12.31.2017.pdf.
  8. “Our Mission.” Video. Women Donors Network: Generosity Multiplied. Accessed April 03, 2019. https://womendonors.org/mission/.
  9. Audited Financial Statements, Women Donors Network 2016-2017. Accessed April 3, 2019. https://womendonors.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Women-Donors-Network-Audited-Financials-12.31.2017.pdf.
  10. “Reflective Democracy Campaign.” Women Donors Network: Generosity Multiplied. Accessed April 03, 2019. https://womendonors.org/reflective-democracy-campaign/.

    Fandos, Nicholas. “A Study Documents the Paucity of Black Elected Prosecutors: Zero in Most States.” The New York Times. July 07, 2015. Accessed April 03, 2019. https://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/07/us/a-study-documents-the-paucity-of-black-elected-prosecutors-zero-in-most-states.html.

    “What We Fund.” Women Donors Network: Generosity Multiplied. Accessed April 03, 2019. https://womendonors.org/funded-projects/#collapse-1.

  11. “Jean Hardisty Initiative.” Women Donors Network: Generosity Multiplied. Accessed April 03, 2019. https://womendonors.org/jean-hardisty-initiative/.
  12. “WDN Is Catalytic.” Vimeo. April 03, 2019. Accessed April 03, 2019. https://vimeo.com/243210703.
  13. “What We Fund.” Women Donors Network: Generosity Multiplied. Accessed April 03, 2019. https://womendonors.org/funded-projects/.
  14. “Emergent Fund.” Women Donors Network: Generosity Multiplied. Accessed April 03, 2019. https://womendonors.org/emergent-fund/.
  15. Charles, Thana-Ashley, and Deepti Sood. “VISIONARY RESISTANCE Inside the Rapid-Response Model of the Emergent Fund.” The Emergent Fund. December 2017. Accessed April 3, 2019. https://static1.squarespace.com/static/583cc6cf440243877a05f227/t/5a29d89071c10b3c0538a6c1/1512691865627/Emergent+Evaluation.pdf.
  16. “Democracy Partners.” Ballotpedia. Accessed April 03, 2019. https://ballotpedia.org/Democracy_Partners.
  17. Diaz, Daniella, and Drew Griffin. “Dem Operative ‘stepping Back’ after Video Suggests Group Incited Violence at Trump Rallies.” CNN. October 19, 2016. Accessed April 03, 2019. https://www.cnn.com/2016/10/18/politics/project-veritas-action-robert-creamer-donald-trump-rallies/.
  18. “Donna P. Hall.” Women Donors Network: Generosity Multiplied. Accessed April 03, 2019. https://womendonors.org/people/donna-p-hall/.

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Jenifer Fernandez Ancona
    Vice President, Strategy & Member Engagement

Associated Organizations

  1. Emergent Fund (Non-profit)
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: April 1, 2003

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2015 Dec Form 990 $3,304,487 $3,597,481 $2,380,382 $294,411 N $2,925,465 $377,612 $1,281 $348,008 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $3,142,273 $3,019,669 $2,613,590 $234,625 N $2,814,268 $326,971 $1,034 $259,797 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $2,525,055 $2,890,928 $2,320,580 $64,219 N $2,077,641 $446,216 $1,198 $238,275 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $2,224,283 $2,499,755 $2,730,431 $108,197 N $1,848,640 $373,526 $2,117 $210,454 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $1,490,097 $1,770,058 $2,973,283 $79,071 N $1,273,466 $202,903 $4,503 $185,406 PDF
    2010 Dec Form 990 $3,201,792 $1,664,728 $3,246,212 $72,039 N $2,949,426 $206,926 $9,440 $182,244 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Women Donors Network (WDN)

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