What We Do


Responsive funding for women creating social change.

Mary’s Pence Grantees Are


Women-led and improving the lives of women and their communities


Responsive to needs identified from within a community, and collaboratively developed by members of that community


Small but mighty start-ups or grassroots organizations with projects in the United States and Canada


Working for social justice and sustainable social change

Beyond the Money

Our granting process is intentional and holistic. In order to meet emerging needs, we do not restrict funding to prescribed issue areas. Rather, the kinds of issues that we fund arise organically as needs change and emerge within a community. We also provide our grantees with additional support including networking, retreats, information sessions and publicity.

Issues We Recently Funded

Increasing Economic Security


New York, New York

Wishwas gives Bangladeshi immigrant women who are unable to access traditional employment opportunities a space to gain financial independence and serves as a safe space for those struggling with domestic abuse.

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Advocating for Just Systems

Worker’s Rights Center

Madison, Wisconsin

This second Mary’s Pence Grant will fuel leadership training for young women peer educators who lead at events, marches, and rallies, as well as organize direct actions on behalf of the Workers’ Rights Center.

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Accompanying Women Experiencing Incarceration

Center for Women in Transition

Little Rock, Arkansas

CWIT staff work to prevent recidivism by mentoring women in prison personally, teaching life skills classes prior to release, and supporting the women in completing education and finding steady employment once they re-enter society.

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Liberating Women from Trafficking

The Justice Project

Kansas City, Missouri

Eighty percent of women The Justice Project serves have been sexually exploited through prostitution. Many of the women’s lives are unstable due to homelessness, mental illness, domestic violence, or addiction.

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Welcoming Immigrants and Refugees

Centro de Rescursos Educativos para Adultos (CREA)

New York, New York

CREA provides educational resources for the Spanish-speaking adult immigrant community in East Harlem and Upper Manhattan.Life skills workshops, seminars on leadership development and computer skills classes supplement CREA’s focus on adult literacy.

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Empowering Women Leaders


Minneapolis, Minnesota

This project will created social spaces and workshops for Somali women to learn about political processes in the United States, increase women’s presence and voice in their communities, and build leadership skills.

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Cultivating Health and Well Being

Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries

Cleveland, Ohio

In 2014, infant mortality records in Collinwood were nearly double the national average. CNCM started a community garden, offers nutrition and sustainable agriculture classes, as well as a support group for pregnant women and new mothers.

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