Your Dollars Count
Donations from individuals consistently account for nearly 87% of our income. This puts Mary’s Pence in an enviably stable position where we aren’t dependent on any single funding source. It also means that gifts of every amount make a difference. While we sometimes receive grants and larger gifts from churches, women’s religious communities, and foundations, it is the women and men who share our vision for women’s empowerment who make our work possible.
What I think makes Mary’s Pence unique, and it’s also the reason why I give to Mary’s Pence, is that they, unlike almost any organization I know, put women from marginalized communities at the center of their work and have those women set the direction for their programs. And the reason they are able to do that is that they are funded by many individual donors, rather than grants. This allows them to be flexible and responsive to those women.
– Rebecca Blumenshine, long-time donor
Mary’s Pence Grants
Since 1987 Mary’s Pence has granted more than $1,750,000 in funds to women-led organizations in the Americas. Mary’s Pence grantees work with women experiencing difficulties including poverty, sex trafficking, asylum, domestic violence, homelessness, incarceration, cultural isolation and immigration to develop responsive long-term solutions.
Since its inception in 2008, ESPERA has given more than $150,000 in grants for lending pools, which has resulted in the total distribution of $803,000 worth of loans to women. In addition we have given more $100,000 for organization operations and capacity building to our 10 partners.
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Mary’s Pence is independent of the Catholic Church.