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WOMEN'S WAY announces inaugural Action Partner Grantees

Tuesday, July 31, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Amy Seasholtz
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Celebrating its 35th anniversary, WOMEN'S WAY introduces
brand new grantmaking strategy

PHILADELPHIA, PA - July 31, 2012 -WOMEN'S WAY, the leading grantmaking, advocacy and education organization for women in the Greater Philadelphia region, has turned up the volume of its "powerful voice for women," with the awarding of $145,000 to its inaugural group of organizations funded through its new WOMEN'S WAY Action Partners grantmaking initiative.

WOMEN'S WAY Action Partners is a new funding initiative which provides critical general operating support to dynamic, high-performing, women-led organizations that are working on issues of relevance and importance to women and girls in the Greater Philadelphia region. Under Action Partners, a cohort of six such organizations have been awarded grant funding with a commitment from WOMEN'S WAY to provide such funding for up to three years. As a group, these organizations collectively reflect the core mission of WOMEN'S WAY, helping achieve and fight for women's equality, safety, self-sufficiency and reproductive freedom.

Women's Way Action PartnersIt is expected that the Action Partners will work together in advancing their shared issues and goals for increasing opportunities for women and girls in our region as well as help WOMEN'S WAY advocate on behalf of women, girls, and families more substantively and effectively. The longevity of a multi-year partnership means that WOMEN'S WAY's investment in the community will have an even greater impact and reach in the Philadelphia region with the flexibility to forge innovative relationships with these organizations working on the front lines for women, girls, and families. A three-year funding commitment means that WOMEN'S WAY and its Action Partners can learn from each other, develop best practices through shared knowledge and learning, and open doors for long-term collaborations and deeper relationships.

The longevity of the three-year partnership also means greater community impact on issues important to WOMEN'S WAY's mission.

"We are thrilled to support this cohort of organizations that collectively move the needle in terms of issues facing women and girls in the Philadelphia region," says Amanda S. Aronoff, Executive Director of WOMEN'S WAY. "Unrestricted general operating grants are increasingly unavailable to non-profits. WOMEN'S WAY realizes the importance of this critical need for organizations to keep the lights on while continuing to service their missions."

The inaugural cohort of agencies is:

  • Alice Paul Institute: a center for young women's leadership development based in Mt. Laurel, NJ.
  • Childspace Cooperative Development Inc.: an advocacy organization, based in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, focused on issues of economic self-sufficiency for childcare workers, providers, and low-income families in the Philadelphia region.
  • Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County: a comprehensive agency addressing domestic violence prevention and helping victims of domestic violence throughout Delaware County.
  • Women's Law Project: a statewide Philadelphia-based organization focused on high-impact litigation, advocacy, and education dedicated to creating a more just and equitable society by advancing the rights and status of all women throughout their lives.
  • Women's Opportunities Resource Center: located in Center City Philadelphia, promotes social and economic self-sufficiency primarily for economically disadvantaged women and their families through varied programming in the Philadelphia region.
  • Women Organized Against Rape: a direct service and advocacy organization, based in Center City Philadelphia, focused on eliminating all forms of sexual violence in Philadelphia.

With the announcement of its new cohort of agencies, WOMEN'S WAY's grantmaking now consists of two levels of funding: WOMEN'S WAY Action Partners and the Community Women's Fund, ongoing since 2006.


Community Women's Fund Grants Also Awarded to Ten Philadelphia Agencies

WOMEN'S WAY also recently awarded ten nonprofit organizations with grants through its Community Women's Fund, a twice-yearly funding opportunity. The Community Women's Fund provides one-year general operating or project support to approximately 25 organizations in the Greater Philadelphia region each year which reflect a deep commitment to one of WOMEN'S WAY's funding priorities: economic self-sufficiency, violence mitigation, girl's empowerment, or health care and reproductive freedom.

Organizations in the Spring 2012 Community Women's Fund portfolio are:

  • Women's Medical Fund- $17,000
  • Why Not Prosper- $15,000
  • Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania - $15,000
  • The Center Foundation - $12,500
  • Lutheran Settlement House - $10,000
  • Norris Square Neighborhood Project - $10,000
  • Girls Rock Philly - $9,000
  • Philly Girls in Motion - $7,500
  • Fair Housing Rights Center in Southeastern Pennsylvania - $7,100
  • Lansdowne Economic Development Corporation - $7,000

Founded in 1977, WOMEN'S WAY is the leading grantmaking, advocacy, and education organization for women in the Greater Philadelphia region, at the forefront of identifying needs, sharing knowledge, and building awareness to challenge social inequities and empower women and girls. WOMEN'S WAY is a catalyst for change with three initiatives to impact women, girls and families in our region: grantmaking, advocacy, and public education. All three initiatives work together to help achieve and fight for women's equality, safety, self-sufficiency, and reproductive freedom. For more information, go to or call 215-985-3322. Follow WOMEN'S WAY on Facebook at