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WOMEN’S WAY Action Partners Initiative Calls for Nonprofit Collaborations

Wednesday, December 17, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Amy Seasholtz
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The organization will make one three-year, $240,000 grant to collaborating organizations in 2015

Women's-WayFor the first time, Philadelphia-based WOMEN’S WAY is investing in a collaborative grantmaking model that will fund partnered, women-led organizations serving the needs of women and girls.

Nonprofits must apply jointly, and up to four organizations could receive $240,000 over a three-year period.

The new model represents the second round of funding from the WOMEN’S WAY Action Partners initiative. The five inaugural grantees, Women Organized Against Rape,Women’s Law Project, Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County, the Alice Paul Institute and Women’s Opportunities Resource Center, addressed the organization’s “breadth of issues,” but did not cross-collaborate.

“We felt that this time around, we wanted to invest in a collaborative model that was more organic,” said Debasri Ghosh, the director of education at WOMEN’S WAY.

The move was also in response to the funding community, which is increasingly focused on providing support for strategic partnerships, and “born out of necessity,” Ghosh said. “We know that so many organizations are trying to do more with less and are trying to work together to maximize impact.”

In addition to dollars toward the proposed collaborative project, a portion of the Action Partner’s funding will be earmarked for general operating expenses.

WOMEN’S WAY will also provide advocacy and media support relevant to the partnership, which must address at least two of the organization’s issue areas: gender-based violence prevention and/or mitigation; economic self-sufficiency and justice; leadership of women and girls; and reproductive freedom, justice and health care access.

WOMEN’S WAY is open to funding an existing nonprofit collaboration or a new pilot initiative.

“We want groups to come to us with ideas,” Ghosh emphasized. “We trust the women and girls community to know who they’ll work best with and what organizations will compliment their programming. We’re very open in terms of what that collaboration could look like.”

Learn more about the application process and eligibility criteria here. Letters of intent are due by January 16, 2015.

Photo via WOMEN’S WAY Facebook.