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Philanthropy Generates Girl Power

Philanthropy Generates Girl Power

The shared belief that women and girls can be the solution to challenges currently facing families, communities and the economy is what connects the Women’s Funding Alliance with partnering organizations and individuals striving for greater access, knowledge, and support for women and girls. Here at Techbridge, we know first-hand how critical it is to have dedicated funders and supporters of girl-centric programs both locally, nationally, and beyond.

A beacon for Washington state girl-based programs, the Women’s Funding Alliance continues to build and strengthen these community partnerships as evidenced by their GLOW (Girl-Serving Organizations in Washington) Initiative. With a cohort of 16 leaders representing Washington girl-serving organizations, we are proud to announce that our Greater Seattle Techbridge Executive Director, Callista Chen, is one of the GLOW recipients.

Callista’s reaction to this news: “I am so honored to be included in the GLOW Initiative! We are thrilled to see the Women’s Funding Alliance deepening their support to girls, particularly low-income girls and girls of color, and for doing so in a way that will help build the capacity and sustainability of nonprofit organizations.” Having advised multinational nonprofits and Fortune 500 companies and managed international development programs for the World Bank, Callista will bring her extensive experience and seasoned perspective to the cohort. But it’s ultimately her dedication to girls and young women that makes Callista an impeccable fit.

Growing and developing through this three-year initiative, GLOW participants will partake in three main elements designed to support and sustain Washington state girl-based organizations:

  1. Youth program quality assessment and improvement — Training and support in program quality assessment, data-driven improvement planning, peer learning and intensive professional development that reflects best practices in youth development.

  2. Executive leadership development — Increasing leadership capacity and longevity among executive directors, building a supportive cohort.

  3. Capacity building investments — Investing in operations, leadership and fundraising capacity, with grants to support planning and implementation of program replication and expansion.

A holistic approach grounded in shared values and community action, GLOW is a shining example of how philanthropy can make a significant impact on our staff, organization and, most of all, our girls. We are hoping that more funders follow their lead. Only in the past few decades a cultural shift has lead to, as the Women’s Funding Alliance notes, “the first time in history, issues integral to women’s health, safety and economic well-being rose to the forefront of local philanthropy and the realm of workplace charitable giving.”

This type of philanthropy is a critical component to the ecosystem supporting women and girl empowerment (just ask our new Executive Director, Nikole Collins-Puri, hailing from from the Women’s Foundation of California, where she served as Chief Strategist of Philanthropic Initiatives). Thanks to the Women’s Funding Alliance, Techbridge –  particularly Greater Seattle Techbridge –  is certainly better supported as we grow our presence in the region. We look forward to learning more from Callista as she embarks on this exciting journey, and sharing her insights back with our community.



 

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