Tag Archives: Grassroots

Cooking Up Social Change

Mary’s Pence invited The Kitchen Table, a fall 2015 grantee, to lead a workshop at the Call to Action conference and share the success of their social enterprise. “We made a trip of a lifetime,” says Stephanie Renee Booker-Wynn of … Continue reading

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ESPERA Women Have a Will to Thrive

Gabriela Bandini de Unánue reflects on her first year working with women participating in the ESPERA community lending program as the ESPERA Business Facilitator. Reflecting on the year since I joined the Mary’s Pence team, I would like to share … Continue reading

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Interview with Gaby in La Voz Latina

Gaby Bandini, new ESPERA Business Facilitator, was recently interviewed for an article in La Voz Latina, a Spanish language newspaper for the Latino community in St. Paul and Minneapolis where Mary’s Pence offices are located. We have translated the article … Continue reading

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Where Have All the Children Gone?

Sr. Pat Rogucki, Mary’s Pence Board member, has been traveling in Central America for the past 26 years. She has an intimate knowledge of the people and culture there. In this post, she reflects on the tactics used in Mexico … Continue reading

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Baltimore Board Meeting & Reception with Asylee Women’s Enterprises

This past weekend in Baltimore, Mary’s Pence board and staff met for our spring board meeting. This is a group of intelligent and kind women who are passionate about Mary’s Pence work. Though each woman comes from different life experiences, … Continue reading

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ESPERA Assembly in Suchitoto, El Salvador

Mary’s Pence established the ESPERA program in 2008 as a way to create economic development and empower women by partnering with existing women’s networks in Central America, Mexico and Haiti and giving them the tools they need to lift themselves … Continue reading

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Grantee Spotlight: Focus on Haiti

Empowering women to make changes in their lives and communities is one of the core methods by which we accomplish our work at Mary’s Pence. We’ve seen that women’s empowerment is key to helping a society or community flourish. One … Continue reading

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Mary’s Pence Grantmaking History

Posted by Natalie Davis-Goshey, Philanthropy Intern I have had the honor to intern for Mary’s Pence this past summer as their philanthropy coordinator.  At first, I must say, I was nervous about working for a Catholic charity, when I have … Continue reading

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Simone Campbell at DNC: ‘I am my Sister’s Keeper’

“Yes, we have nuns on a bus and a nun on the podium,” Sr. Simone Campbell, director of Network, shouted to the crowd at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C., according to the Wall Street Journal. Nuns … Continue reading

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Mary’s Pence: An Idea and You Gave it Life

As two women sat in a prayer service, both laughed as they joked about the idea of a “Mary’s Pence.” That service was 25 years ago and those two women were Sr. Maureen Gallagher, OP, and Hon. Sheila Murphy. Through vision, hard work … Continue reading

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