The Associate | November 20, 2017
By Associate Carla Rush, Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati
Mary’s Pence invests in women across the Americas by funding community initiatives and fostering collaborations to create social change. Mary’s Pence was founded 30 years ago by Catholic religious women and lay women who were frustrated by the lack of funding for women’s social justice work. They decided to “quit being angry and do something about it.” Hence, Mary’s Pence was formed and was named for all the women – the Marys – of the Gospel, who embody the example of ministry practiced by the women at the foot of the cross.
Mary’s Pence helps women working in their local communities to gain power to create effective and lasting change. They do this through the support of grassroots organizations in two ways: Mary’s Pence Grants and ESPERA Community Lending.