Category Archives: Grant Partner

From Victims to Leaders: the Groundbreaking Work of Banteay Srei

By Ruwani Ekanayake, Research Intern, Women’s Foundation of California When you hear the phrase “sexually exploited minor” (SEM), what comes to your mind? International human trafficking? Helpless victims? Those aren’t the views of the women of Banteay Srei. Founder Elizabeth Sy explains: “Please don’t approach every young woman that we work with as this horrified, [...]

Beauty Tips from the Non Profit World

By Sarah Miller, Intern, Women’s Foundation of California You might think that we Ivory soap lovers here at the Women’s Foundation of California don’t spend much time thinking about beauty products. I’m here to tell you that it’s so not true. We really care about nail polish. No, I’m not talking about the newest shade [...]

From Idea to Influencer: the story of ACT for Women and Girls

By Ruwani Ekanayake, Research Intern, Women’s Foundation of California Like a lot of bright ideas,  ACT for Women and Girls (ACT) began with a group of women sitting around a living room debating and conversing. Since that 2003 listening circle, ACT has become one of Tulare County’s most influential reproductive health and youth empowerment organizations. [...]

LA Exhibit Celebrates the Power of Art to Heal

By Kim Kenny, Development and Communications Officer, Women’s Foundation of California A Window Between Worlds (AWBW) is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year with an incredible art exhibit, Pearls of Wisdom, with acclaimed artist Kim Abeles. Over 800 survivors of domestic violence have created art pieces, “pearls,” for the exhibit. These pearls celebrate life, triumph [...]

The Hidden Health Costs of a Manicure

The entrepreneurial Vietnamese-American women who own and work at nail salons in communities across the state run thriving businesses at a high cost—their health. Nail salon workers are exposed to potentially toxic chemicals for hours at a time. The three most toxic of these chemicals, Dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde and toluene, are commonly found in nail [...]

Fixing the Broken Family Court System

As the Executive Director of the Center for Judicial Excellence (CJE), Kathleen Russell channels 18 years of expertise in grassroots organizing to protect mothers and children affected by the nation’s dysfunctional family court system.  According to CJE, the basic right of mothers and fathers to parent and protect their children from harm is regularly violated [...]

Training the Next Generation of Women Advocates

Each year, 15 young women graduate from the Female Leadership Academy (FLA) program of ACT for Women and Girls in Visalia, which started in 2003 during a Women’s Foundation of California event. The Female Leadership Academy (FLA) brings together a diverse group of young women activists who are leading efforts to improve their communities. Participants [...]

Lifetime Television Celebrates Remarkable Women: Lateefah Simon

Our grant partners advance solutions related to economic prosperity, health, safety and leadership – from the fields of the Central Valley to the halls of the State Capitol. They do this through the strength of their strategies and their ability to work in partnership with others. They are dynamos like Lateefah Simon. She was just [...]

Lifetime Television Celebrates Remarkable Women: Kimi Lee

Working side by side with our grant partners, the Women’s Foundation of California provides funding, knowledge and networks to enact the change our grant partners see is needed in their communities. People like Kimi Lee, former executive director of the Garment Worker Center (GWC). A grant partner, the center is collectively run by garment workers [...]

Holga Photo Blog: Capturing Our Mothers’ Stories

“Growing up, hearing my mom’s stories, I never ever thought that we would have the same experience because we did not get along at all. But from hearing her stories, it made me realize how much we are alike in our life experiences, which makes me feel like I can relate to and understand her [...]

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