survivors of domestic abuse safe
6,825 women encouraged to enroll in and maintain healthcare coverage
4,845 women received professional attire and job readiness services
2,500 immigrants and refugees received legal services
120 women experiencing homelessness received life-saving services
50 transgender individuals were provided low cost psychotherapy services
WOMEN’S WAY is a Delaware Valley community-based foundation that empowers organizations and individuals to advance the rights of, and opportunities for, women and girls. With a focus on economic security, leadership development, reproductive rights and safety, WOMEN’S WAY convenes stakeholders to facilitate learning, empowers people and groups to strengthen their communities, and invests in organizations through grant-making and resource sharing. Our ultimate goal is to achieve equity for all genders.
Immediate Response Action Fund (IRAF)
In response to the current political climate, we created the Immediate Response Action Fund that allows us to quickly (within 10 business days) distribute money to our community partners wrestling with unanticipated urgent needs of women and girls. Within one year of its launching, our investments kept 400 survivors of domestic abuse safe, encouraged 6,825 women to enroll in and maintain healthcare coverage, expanded and sustained life-saving services to 120 women experiencing homelessness, made legal services available to over 2,500 immigrants and refugees, provided professional attire and job readiness services to 4,845 women, and provided low cost psychotherapy services to 50 transgender individuals.
Women’s Economic Security Initiative (WESI)
To deepen our impact and achieve equal opportunities for women and girls, we also launched the Women’s Economic Security Initiative, a collaborative initiative to improve the economic security of women and families in the Philadelphia region. We know that economic power is the most promising entry point for gender equality, and when money flows into the hands of women who have the authority to use it, everything changes.
WOMEN’S WAY has engaged over 100 stakeholders representing 65 organizations from all sectors to tackle this deep-rooted and complex issue. Our collective efforts resulted in the launching of our first collaborative pilot program: incorporating financial coaching services into Early Childhood Education (ECE) centers in the region. Two trained financial coaches are working in ten ECE centers located in Philadelphia, Delaware and Chester counties to empower parents/caregiver and ECE staff with long-term, goal-oriented, structured support that paves the way for sustained behavior change and financial capability. Our ultimate vision is to end- not manage- poverty for all women and their families in the region.