What We Do

Grants

Responsive funding for women creating social change.

Mary’s Pence Grantees Are

WOMEN CENTERED

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

COMMUNITY FOCUSED

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

LOCATED IN THE US AND CANADA

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

CREATING SOCIAL CHANGE

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 social justice 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.

 

2017 MINNESOTA NONPROFIT AWARD FOR RESPONSIVE PHILANTHROPY

Issues We Recently Funded

Increasing Economic Security

WishWas

New York, New York

Wishwas is a community of Bangladeshi immigrant women in New York City. It is also a sewing cooperative, an educational initiative, and a legal resource.

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Group of adults and children standing outside of a building that says "Contact Center" on the door.

Advocating for Just Systems

Contact Center

Cincinnati, Ohio

The Contact Center provides opportunities for skill and leadership development to their members who are primarily Black mothers living below the poverty level.

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Empowering Young Women

Project DIVA

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Project DIVA lives their mission of guiding girls to self-discover without limits by hosting twice monthly groups for their participants focused on academics, social health, emotional well-being, financial education, health and wellness, and career.

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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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Cultivating Women Leaders

New Sanctuary Movement

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

New Sanctuary Movement works for immigration reform and organizes immigrant communities and allied faith communities to support families facing separation due to deportation.

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Headshots of two black women, the leaders of Soul 2 Soul.

Cultivating Health and Well Being

Soul 2 Soul

Denver, Colorado

Soul 2 Soul provides Black women-led, interfaith, racial justice programming that centers Black people and experiences on personal liberation and participation in anti-racist activism.

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