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 cis women, trans women, non-binary people 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

Photo of about 30 middle-school aged girls in a computer lab.

Cultivating Women Leaders

Code/Art

Miami, Florida

Code/Art provides girls from primarily low-income households with the opportunity to learn a skill that may help them enter a career field where women and people of color are currently underrepresented.

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Group of four women wearing pink tshirts that say "standing juntas"

Increasing Economic Security

Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera

Austin, Texas

Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera supports maquiladora women workers to form alliances and advocate for improved labor conditions, human dignity, and fair trade.

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Cultivating Women Leaders

Women Organizing Women Network

Minneapolis, Minnesota

WOW Network empowers all women, specifically first and second generation east African immigrants to become engaged citizens and community leaders, regardless of political affiliation.

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Photograph of a woman from the back, looking across police tape. Her shirt reads Stop the Violence.

Advocating for Just Systems

KC Mothers in Charge

Kansas City, Missouri

KC MIC’s mission is to reduce violent crime and support the families of victims. The Hoping and Healing Support Program provides direct assistance to families as well as providing opportunities to participate in advocacy and anti-violence events happ

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Accompanying Women Experiencing Incarceration

Families & Criminal Justice

Los Angeles County, California

Families & Criminal Justice (FCJ) is a group of formerly incarcerated women of color who have organized to work in and around the justice system to serve justice-involved women and their families in Los Angeles County.

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Creating Inclusive Communities

Collective Action for Safe Spaces

Washington, DC

Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS) uses community-based resources to eliminate public harassment and violence against women and folks in the LGBTQ community.

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