Women's Stories Archive - Mary's Pence
Working Group on Girls of Schenectady (WGGS), based in Schenectady, New York.

Beyond the Money: Helping Grantees Navigate the Challenges of Operating Grassroots Organizations

The nature of their size and scope makes Mary’s Pence grantees unique. They are often formed organically by a group of people who, bearing witness to injustice, decide to organize themselves and their community to make lasting social change. But like most women-led, grassroots organizations, Mary’s Pence grantees are generally understaffed and underfunded. While grantees […]

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ESPERA

Sharing the Journey: 70 ESPERA Women Gather

We began gathering over 2 days - 70 women from 6 countries - for an ESPERA Encuentro / Gathering / Encounter in La Palma, El Salvador.   First the women from...

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ESPERA

Growth in ESPERA

One woman wanted to invest in a crochet business – shawls, hats, scarfs, table runners – she had a contact in Italy that would help sell them there. Another wanted...

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Grants

Reaching Untapped Potential In Government and Politics

Ready to Launch is a California based organization working to grow and diversify the staff pipeline in politics and public service by helping more self-identifying women learn, grow, and launch...

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ESPERA

Food Sovereignty – Leading to Full Bellies, Better Health, and Extra Income

The Mary's Pence ESPERA team members regularly meet with our partners to understand the needs and priorities of the local women’s organizations. Conversations  in these meetings uncovered food insecurity issues...

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Grants

The Unseen Work of Capacity Building

One of the toughest things for a small nonprofit to find funding for is the very essential work of planning, staff development, essentials like computers, and self care. In fact...

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ESPERA

Training that Transforms

 When schools in Honduras shut down for 3 months in early 2020, Sara R, a mother and owner of a small business  that sold school supplies in her community,...

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ESPERA Team visiting partners in Honduras

ESPERA

ESPERA Regional Team Visits Women and Organizations in 4 Countries

The lifting of COVID restrictions has been a welcome reprieve for many people – especially the women of ESPERA who thrive on the community support and accompaniment they receive from...

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Group photo of Emmaus House Women & Staff all wearing pink

Grants

Former Grantee Celebrates 35th Anniversary

Mary’s Pence isn’t the only organization celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. Just as Mary’s Pence has grown and evolved since its founding in 1987, so too have many of...

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Grants

Using Data to Promote Justice and Equality for Women

Data is powerful. Sometimes used as a discriminatory tool to exclude, divide and marginalize people, data also has the capacity to unite people. It can be used to promote justice...

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