Behind every great woman is another. And another. And another. It’s time to come together and go all in for her.
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Gender has always been important to me. I grew up in the 50’s and experienced gender inequality in my everyday life. Too many people believe women’s issues no longer need support. While nothing could be further from the truth, this translated into a major funding crisis for organizations that work to empower women and girls.
We can’t just sit back and wait for change to happen. Women must step into our donor leadership and call on others to join us.
In 1993, I made my first gift to establish Mayan, a feminist organization to act as a catalyst for change for women in the Jewish community. That gift unleashed the power of my philanthropy.
As a life coach and career counselor, I worked with women about their relationships with money. Maybe, I thought, some of my concerns about money were ones that were holding others back, and by taking a public stand on my philanthropy, I could encourage others to do the same.
By announcing my gift, I was able to have a larger impact. While it meant breaking family taboo, it allowed me to step into my own power in ways I didn’t expect.
I made my BIG + BOLD pledge to the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio. Its mission is to transform the lives of women and girls by mobilizing the collective power and passion of all women working together.
Anonymous financial support enabled me to have a transformational education at Smith College. I’ve always wanted to thank those donors in person and learn what motivated them to support women from India, but I understood their decision to give anonymously.
When I joined Women Moving Millions, I saw the value of activating my voice and influence for the issues I am passionate about. You can’t inspire others by being quiet.
In 2010, I made my BIG + BOLD pledge in support of educating women to be leaders. Part of that gift went to Apne Aap whose mission is to increase choices for at-risk girls and women in order to ensure access to their rights.
If someone asked me five years ago what it meant to give with a gender lens, I would have assumed it meant giving only to “women’s issues.” I used to focus my work and my giving more traditionally, more broadly. I wanted to help everyone. I’ve since come to understand that every issue is a women’s issue.
If we want to have an impact in health, education and poverty alleviation, we must integrate women and girls.
In 1998 I founded the Mary A. Tidlund Charitable Foundation. My BIG + BOLD gift came from my community and went to funding our organization’s work globally in health education and the alleviation of poverty.
My childhood was challenging, but amazing people touched my life. I was transformed from a fearful girl with no self-esteem into a determined and passionate woman who changed the course of her life.
I have never considered myself wealthy. I didn’t really understand my own capacity to make a BIG + bold gift. I made a gift that is financially challenging for me because the need is so great. Now is the time to create lasting change.
I made my BIG + BOLD gift to the Global Fund for Women. Its mission is to advance the rights of women and girls worldwide by increasing resources for and investing in women-led organizations and women’s collective leadership for change.
My eyes and heart were opened to the issues of sex trafficking almost eight years ago when I saw a documentary about children who were forced into sex slavery in Cambodia. I was horrified and I knew I couldn’t live in a world in which this was taking place without doing something about it.
I knew I wanted to work on the issue of child sex trafficking, but I wanted to figure out what specifically I could do to aid and reinforce this important movement.
I made my BIG + BOLD gift to Thorn when I co-founded the organization in 2009 and have since supported the work.
The case for gender equality is a matter of common sense. The more we invest in women and girls, the more they invest back into their
families and communities, propelling social and economic advancement. See more proof.
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