22, 2009 Guest – Christine Grumm
Program: A Hard Look at Poverty for Women
Christine Grumm, President and CEO of the Women’s Funding Network,
has more than three decades of experience as a leader in affecting
social change through civil society, and especially through women’s
philanthropy. Chris passionately believes in the power of women and
girls’ solutions and is dedicated to helping unleash that potential to
help transform the world.
President and CEO of the Women’s Funding Network, Chris has shown
dynamic leadership in guiding over 130 women’s and girls’ funds, in the
U.S. and abroad, through an ambitious program of expansion towards a
goal of $450 million in assets by 2008. Chris has also raised awareness
of the make-a-difference philanthropy practiced by women’s funds that
emphasizes the active role of women as donors and grantee partners. The
results speak for themselves: in 2000, Network membership numbered 70;
today it has 135 member funds. In 2000 women’s funds held $150 million
in assets; today that number exceeds $450 million, while giving away $50
partnerships have also grown, including Women Moving Millions (WMM), a
partnership between an extraordinary group of visionary donors, the
Women's Funding Network, and its member funds. WMM represents a wide
spectrum of women who share a powerful vision of the world, in which
justice, equality and safety are experienced by all women and girls and
their families in every corner of the earth. This groundbreaking
campaign seeks to raise $150 million in gifts of $1 million and more by
April 2009 in order to tip the collective grantmaking and assets of
women’s funds over the $1 billion mark. It also seeks to make a lasting
difference to women’s funds’ major fundraising abilities and potential.
Since the campaign’s launch in November 2007, nearly $110 million has
been raised from women donors around the world.
joining Women’s Funding Network, Chris served as Executive Director of
the Chicago Foundation for Women. Under her leadership, CFW increased
its grant-making to one million dollars annually and completed an
endowment campaign surpassing its $5 million goal.
of the ELCA, one of 128 organizations that are a part of the Women's
invites women to celebrate
Bold Women's Day,
Sunday, February 22, 2009.