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

Creating Inclusive Communities

Native Justice Coalition

Manistee, Michigan

The Native Justice Coalition is a platform for healing, social, and racial justice for all Native American people.

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Accompanying Women Experiencing Incarceration

Families & Criminal Justice

Los Angeles, CA

Families & Criminal Justice 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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Cultivating Health and Well Being

Star Farm Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Star Farm Chicago increases access to local organic produce while providing vocational training and horticultural therapy for women, children, and adults with physical and developmental disabilities.

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Empowering Young Women

Women for Political Change

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Women for Political Change holistically invests in the leadership and political power of young women and trans & non-binary folks.

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Cultivating Health and Well Being

Mama to Mama

Louisville, KY

Mama to Mama works to increase social support for all mothers as they make the transition into parenthood by promoting healthy parenting practices in an effort to create healthier and more sustainable communities.

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Advocating for Just Systems

Pennsylvania Domestic Workers Alliance

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Domestic Workers Alliance is a domestic worker-led organization fighting for justice, dignity, and power for house cleaners, nannies, and caregivers.

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