Mary’s Pence invests in women across the Americas by funding community initiatives and fostering collaborations to create social change.
We envision a world where empowered women and their communities flourish in solidarity and justice.
Our work is based in the belief that women have political, social and economic equality with men. This equality is essential to a just society.
Dignity of the Human Person and of Work
Every human life is sacred and should be honored and valued. All workers have a right to productive work, fair wages, and safe working conditions.
Call to Community and Participation
Everyone has the equal right and responsibility to participate economically, politically, and culturally in society. This creates strong communities.
Rights and Responsibilities
Every person has a right to a dignified life, including food, shelter, clothing, work, health care, and education, and each has a responsibility for the well-being of others.
Actions should be taken at the lowest, most local level possible, and decisions should involve those most impacted.
Preferential Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
We must put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first. A just society can be achieved only if its members give special attention to those most in need.
“Love your neighbor” stretches across all national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. We are one human family.
Care of Creation
The earth’s resources are intended for the benefit of all and should be cared for and preserved for future generations.
A note about our Catholic roots
Our founders rooted this work in the values of Catholic Social Teaching and it remains our foundation today. However, Mary’s Pence is independent of the Catholic Church. Our work addresses the ongoing and emerging concerns of women in the Americas and we are blessed by the people of all faiths and no faith who engage with us. There is no criteria that any of the organizations we fund be faith-based, and we do not ask. We gratefully embrace the diversity of the whole Mary’s Pence community – board, staff, grantees, ESPERA women, and supporters.