This report is a one-year snapshot of economic security investments made by Women's Funding Network members between November 2013 and November 2014 and November 2014.
The data and analysis shine a light on key indicators and promising practices that strengthen women and families. Further, the data guides future grantmaking by providing critical information about these practices and their associated benchmarks.
At a high level, the benchmarking project captures and informs the Women's Funding Network membership on one of the major pillars of grantmaking within the women's funding movement: economic security. Defining the collective investment and impact of our network is critical to establishing the influence of women's philanthropy. With this data, Women's Funding Network candemonstrate the important role women's foundations play in advancing women's economic security and in engaging new communities in order to shift the conversation on how to best support women and children.
The benchmarking project enables Women's Funding Network to identify opportunities in our network—from unmet needs in communities to inconsistencies or gaps in language—and to identify strategies for potential collective action. This insight will guide us to new program and convening opportunities, bring new partners to the table as we look for creative solutions, and shape the language and metrics Women's Funding Network uses to describe our vision of creating a better world for women, girls, and their families.