Pro Mujer

Pro Mujer is a leading women's development organization that has been providing women in Latin America with the vital services necessary to become financially independent, healthy and leaders in their communities since 1990. Pro Mujer understands that women hold the key to raising themselves and their children out of poverty.

Financial Services

Pro Mujer provides its clients with a variety of services that help them to start or grow a small business, improve their living conditions and protect their families against unforseen emergencies. These services include:

  • Small, general and seasonal business loans
  • Savings accounts
  • Life insurance

Business and Empowerment Training

Capacity-building workshops provide clients with the knowledge to become more economically independent and informed decision-makers.

  • Business Skills and Financial Literacy: Clients learn the fundamentals of how to run and grow a business and how to assess and keep track of the competition, so they can make sound financial decisions.
  • Empowerment: Domestic violence, communication and leadership skills and gender issues are just some of the subjects addressed to help clients build self-esteem and confidence.

High-Quality, Low-Cost Primary Health Care

Preventive health education and primary healthcare are crucial for Pro Mujer's clients. An illness can be detrimental not only to their health, but also to their businesses and savings. Nutrition and hygiene are just some of the topics discussed in preventive health education workshops.

To help prevent and diagnose health problems, Pro Mujer runs stationary and mobile clinics, staffed by doctors and/or nurses. Pro Mujer also partners with local healthcare organizations to ensure that clients have immediate access to care when they need it.

Grameen America

Founded by Nobel Peace Prize recipient Muhammad Yunus, Grameen America is dedicated to helping women who live in poverty build small businesses to create better lives for their families. Grameen America offers microloans, training and support to transform communities and fight poverty in the United States.

Women's Refugee Commission

The Women's Refugee Commission improves the lives and protects the rights of women, children and youth displaced by conflict and crisis. They research their needs, identify solutions and advocate for programs and policies to strengthen their resilience and drive change in humanitarian practice. Since their founding in 1989, the WRC has been a leading expert on the needs of refugee women and children, and the policies that can protect and empower them. Their vision is a world in which refugee and internally displaced women, children and youth: are safe, healthy and self-reliant; have their human rights respected and protected; and inform and drive their own solutions and development.

International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. IRC teams provide health care, infrastructure, learning and economic support to people in 40 countries, with special programs designed for women and children. Every year, the IRC resettles thousands of refugees in 22 U.S. cities.

Women in Film

Women In Film is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting equal opportunities for women, encouraging creative projects by women, and expanding and enhancing portrayals of women in all forms of global media. Given that women comprise 50 percent of the population, WIF’s ultimate goal is to see the same gender parity reflected on and off screen. Their educational programming includes a Speaker Series, featuring filmmakers and industry leaders across many areas of entertainment, who share valuable insights into the art and craft of film, television, and media-making; the WIF Film Finishing Fund (FFF), a highly-respected grant program that has awarded millions in cash and in-kind services to over two hundred films from countries all over the globe; the WIF Scholarship Program—offering women of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to create careers in film, television, communications, and new media—by awarding scholarships to female students at major film schools in the Los Angeles area and other parts of the country … and the WIF PSA Production Program that selects nonprofit organizations in Southern California to receive a pro bono PSA.

In 2012, Women In Film and Sundance Institute cofounded the Female Filmmakers Initiative to foster gender parity for women behind the camera. They commissioned a three-year landmark study of female directors by Professor Stacy Smith and her team at USC’s Annenberg School, which garnered extensive media attention and is the foundation of an ACLU action to expose and combat gender discrimination in Hollywood. Their next step in advocacy work is to address issues of systemic change. Women In Film are designing pilot programs and projects that can be executed in key sectors of our industry to get us on par with our male colleagues.

Alliance of Women Directors

Alliance of Women Directors is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to increasing opportunities for women directors in film, television and new media, enhancing relationships between members and the creative community, protecting the independent voice of women directors, and providing support and advocacy for emerging filmmakers through resources, tradecraft workshops and mentorship opportunities. Established in 1997, it is the only organization solely dedicated to education, support and advocacy for women directors in the entertainment industry. Each member has achieved professional status by having directed at least one long or short-form narrative film, television program, documentary, commercial or new media program that has been recognized by the creative community.

Alliance of Women Directors fosters a community of professionals to advance the art, craft and visibility of women directors in the world of film, television and new media. AWD is dedicated to create opportunity for women's voices in our industry, because we believe it is vital that stories are told from all perspectives.

Equality Now

Equality Now works for the protection and promotion of the human rights of women and girls around the world. Working with grassroots women's and human rights organizations and individual activists, Equality Now documents violence and discrimination against women and mobilizes international action to support efforts to stop these abuses.

America Needs You

Founded in 2009, America Needs You has provided mentorship and intensive career development to provide economic mobility for ambitious, low-income, first-generation college students. Excellence, Community, Integrity, Curiosity, Accountability, and Data and Results, govern their program. Founder Robert Reffkin is a former appointee to the NYC Investment Board and two-time appointee to the NYC Board of Education Panel for Education Policy. Originally New York Needs You, America Needs You (ANY) also now operates in New Jersey, Illinois, and California. ANY fills the gap of programs that ensure first-generation students stay in school and build the skills necessary to prepare for long-term careers.

The Posse Foundation

The Posse Foundation, founded in 1989, is an organization that encourages academic excellence by placing students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential in groups of 10 students. Each year, four-year, full-tuition scholarships are awarded by the foundation’s partners. These groups are multicultural, diverse in race and income, and encourage collaboration and teamwork so each Posse Scholar learns important leadership and problem-solving skills, and has a group of friends to provide the support they need to excel academically and in life. The three goals of The Posse Foundation are to expand the pools from which top colleges and universities admit students, to help these institutions build more interactive environments so they can be more welcoming for people from all backgrounds, and to train these leaders of tomorrow by ensuring Posse Scholars stay in school and graduate.

Posse Scholars also benefit from the Career Program which gives them access to internships, workshops, coaching, and help with applying for fellowships.

Confidence Coalition

Created by Kappa Delta Sorority in 2009, the Confidence Coalition is an international movement that encourages women and girls to stand up to peer pressure and media stereotypes, say no to risky behavior and abusive relationships, and put an end to relational aggression, such as bullying – on the playground and in the office. The coalition brings together organizations and individuals who support the confidence movement. Their awareness campaigns, resources and action projects shed light on the many issues that can affect the confidence of women and girls while empowering them to reach their full potential.

Girls Inc.: Building confident young women

Girls Inc. inspires girls to be strong, smart, and bold through direct service and advocacy. Their comprehensive approach to whole girl development equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow up healthy, educated, and independent. These positive outcomes are achieved through three core elements: people - trained staff and volunteers who build lasting, mentoring relationships; environment - girls-only, physically and emotionally safe, where there is a sisterhood of support, high expectations, and mutual respect; and programming - research-based, hands-on and minds-on, age-appropriate, meeting the needs of today’s girls. Informed by girls and their families, they also advocate for legislation and policies to increase opportunities for all girls.

Grace After Fire

Since 2008, Grace After Fire has been dedicated to helping women Veterans help themselves by providing the means for women Veterans to gain knowledge, insight and self-renewal. The team at Grace guides women Veterans through peer to peer outreach as they re-enter their communities, the workforce, and as they redefine their roles for a successful future. They believe women Veterans are the core of the family unit and are a powerful force multiplier for the wellness of the spouse, children and extended family. Grace After Fire serves to protect the veteran, connect the resource and renew the women.

Service Women’s Action Network

Founded in 2007, the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) is the voice of all military women – past, present and future. They are a member-driven community network advocating for the individual and collective needs of service women. SWAN is guided by the priorities of their members, who include thousands of women and men, service members and civilians alike. They are committed to seeing that all service women receive the opportunities, protections, benefits and respect they deserve. SWAN has played a major role in shaping the outcome of many important issues affecting women in the service including opening all military jobs to service women, holding sex offenders accountable in the military justice system, eliminating barriers to disability claims for those who have experienced military sexual trauma, and expanding access to services for a broad range of reproductive healthcare services.

Their mission is to be the nation’s most influential and effective network of service women, acting as their champion, advocate and best information resource.

Step Up

Step Up propels girls living in or going to school in under-resourced communities to fulfill their potential by empowering them to become confident, college-bound, career-focused, and ready to join the next generation of professional women. They inspire professional women to inspire teen girls through after-school and mentorship programs. They introduce girls to many women in various industries who’ve made different choices. 98% of all Step Up seniors graduated high school in 2015 – compared to a national average of 73%. After just one year of Step Up after-school programs, teens are more confident and place a higher value on getting a college degree. Research shows that high school sophomores who expect to go to college are more likely to actually go to and complete college.

Solar Sister

Solar Sister eradicates energy poverty by empowering women with economic opportunity. They combine the breakthrough potential of clean energy technology with a deliberately woman-centered direct sales network to bring light, hope and opportunity to even the most remote communities in rural Africa.

Solar Sister is more than a non-profit, more than a business: it’s a sisterhood! Solar Sister entrepreneurs are the women bringing affordable clean energy directly to their communities. Solar Sister provides each entrepreneur with the mentoring, training, and business support they need to successfully build their businesses and reach more people. They believe when you invest in a woman, you invest in the future.

IWHC

Since 1984, the International Women’s Health Coalition has taken courageous stands and achieved political victories for women and girls globally and in local communities. They recognize that women’s and girls’ human rights, health and equality are essential to social, environmental, and economic justice for all. They envision a world in which all women and girls can exercise their human rights to:

  • access the information, resources, and services they need to enhance and protect their health and achieve their full potential;
  • make informed decisions about their sexuality, relationships, pregnancy, child-bearing, and marriage and all other matters related to their sexual and reproductive health and rights, free of discrimination, coercion, and violence; and
  • participate in and assume leadership of civil society movements to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights.

IWHC advances the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and young people, particularly adolescent girls, in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. IWHC furthers this agenda by supporting and strengthening leaders and organizations working at the community, national, regional, and global levels, and by advocating for international and U.S. policies, programs, and funding. They build bridges between local realities and international policy by connecting women and young people in the Global South to key decision-makers. In doing so, IWHC brings local voices to global debates and in turn, makes global processes and policies more understandable and actionable at the local level.

CARE

CARE was founded in 1945 when 22 American organizations came together to rush lifesaving CARE Packages to survivors of World War II. CARE is now a global leader within a worldwide movement dedicated to ending poverty. For more than 50 years, they have worked in countries with some of the highest maternal mortality rates and some of the highest unmet needs for family planning services to improve health and reduce maternal and newborn mortality by improving the coverage, quality and equity of health services available to women, children and families, and affecting policies to ensure safe pregnancy and birth are a basic human right. CARE believes that access to quality sexual, reproductive and maternal health is both a fundamental human right and a critical development issue. Improving sexual, reproductive and maternal health is, therefore, central to our commitment to gender equality and to reducing global poverty.

Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is a national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in the technology and engineering sectors. Their programs work to educate, inspire, and equip high school girls with the skills and resources to pursue opportunities in computing fields.

Women's Venture Fund

Founded in 1994, The Women’s Venture Fund (WVF) is a nonprofit organization that helps women to establish thriving businesses in urban communities with funding and business development programs. The organization has served more than 17,000 firms, helping to launch more than 3,200 small businesses through a range of services including entrepreneurial training, technical assistance, advisory services, and small loans. The organization is a Certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). By troubleshooting specific challenges and encouraging women to share their experiences with other entrepreneurs, WVF is able to expedite the growth of businesses participating in our programs.