About the Cohort
The National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP) is launching the Women’s Power and Influence Learning and Action Cohort for members to learn with and from peers and other leading experts about advancing women’s power and influence to achieve gender equity in the US. We are receiving funding from Pivotal Ventures, a Melinda French Gates Company, to host the Women’s Power and Influence Learning and Action Cohort. Pivotal Ventures will match eligible grants committed by our donors to charities working to expand women’s power and influence and gender equality in the US.
This community of practice will allow you to delve expertly into the problems, opportunities, and strategies for accelerating gender equity in the here and now—and will meet monthly from January to May 2023. The Cohort is designed for family philanthropy donors and staff leaders who are interested in exploring or are committed to: funding social justice issues (e.g., democracy, racial justice, economic justice, health, media/arts), advancing gender equity, and strengthening women’s power and influence in the US.
“Pivotal Ventures is always looking for innovative ways to expand Women’s Power and Influence and social progress in the US,” said Dr. Nicole Bates, Director of Strategic Partnerships & Initiatives at Pivotal Ventures. “By working with partners who have expansive donor networks and shared goals, we can unlock greater giving and impact on critical social issues, with a particular focus on gender equality.”
The Learning and Action Cohort will equip participants with opportunities for reflection and tools for best practices through modular learning and one-on-one support. The curriculum is designed by Sarah Vaill, Jennifer Cho, and their team at Panorama and informed by NCFP staff and leading gender equity funders.
Why Women’s Power and Influence?
Women lead from within underrepresented communities and enact practical and transformative solutions to systemic injustices. When elected, women get more bills introduced and policies enacted, bringing home more budget dollars for their districts. Nevertheless, despite women in the U.S. ascending to the Vice Presidency, Supreme Court, and the Speaker of the House, the pace of broader political and economic gains for women has slowed, venture capital investing in women’s businesses lags, and long-held reproductive rights have precipitously rolled back. Root causes and effects can be found in persistent biases, the wage, wealth, and care gaps, the shrinking of democracy, the dearth of philanthropic giving for women and girls—particularly women and girls of color—and the burdens that criminal justice, climate change, and immigration place on women as they hold their families above water. From mainstreaming race and gender to making economies and democracies grow, and women are building societies that are more inclusive, educated, healthier, safer, equitable, and just for all.
Eligibility to Apply
- Family philanthropy board member, principal, or senior staff member
- Are open to developing a giving plan and giving commitment at the conclusion of the Cohort.
- NCFP member in 2023
- We will accept up to two participants per organization and request that participants bring their learnings back to their organizations.
- NCFP seeks to build a diverse Cohort, with varying interests, issue areas, asset sizes, and experience.
- The Cohort will be limited to 20 individuals.
Expectations of Participants
Women’s Power and Influence Learning and Action Cohort participants will be expected to participate in five virtual learning sessions over the course of five months.
Cohort meetings dates will be on January 25th, February 15th, March 22nd, April 26th, and May 24th. Each session will be two hours (9-11am PT, 12-2pm ET), with a break with the exception of the January 25th meeting, which will be from 9-11:30am PT / 12-2:30pm ET.
Additionally, participants will be developing giving plans or giving commitments for women’s power and influence throughout the Cohort.
$995 per attendee to be paid upon acceptance to the Cohort.
Applications are due by November 30, 2022. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by December 15, 2022.
While the session design will be influenced by the interests and experiences of the participants, the sessions will include:
- Exploring the concept of intersectionality with leading experts and your peers
- Workshopping approaches for funding women’s power and influence
- Small group discussions facilitated by a mentor
- Access to worksheets, tools, and expert guidance
- Assistance in mapping new commitments and strategies