Building a field requires a robust set of collaborators, and Women Effect Investments is honored to be working with a remarkable, diverse group of partners.

IMPLEMENTING PARTNERS

Our implementing partners work on projects to further gender lens investing in active collaboration with Women Effect Investments.

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is a membership-driven global network of organizations that invest money and expertise to propel entrepreneurship among “the missing middle” in emerging markets. ANDE’s gender working group specifically focuses on research and practices to enable its members to benefit from implementing various gender lenses.

 

Calvert Foundation’s mission is to maximize the flow of capital – from every day people, not just institutions – to disadvantaged communities in order to create a more equitable and sustainable society. The Calvert Foundation has conducted a gender lens review on their Community Investment Note portfolio and is developing a new initiative called the Women Investing in Women Initiative (or WIN-WIN) which enables women to become agents of their own economic power and opportunity.

 

Catalytic Women

Catalytic WomenCatalytic Women is a consortium of philanthropy professionals who bring practical experience to helping individuals, companies and foundations create giving strategies for maximum impact in their communities and world. The organization is building a dynamic community of smart, successful women who convene, collaborate, share and learn: women who want to leverage their intellectual and financial resources to fund greater social impact. Catalytic Women are Smart, Savvy, Active, Engaged, Dedicated, Invested, Committed. They are the Catalysts for Change in all areas of Redefining and Sharing Wealth.

The mission of Inspired Legacies is to help donors, advisors, and nonprofits collaborate for inspired outcomes benefiting self, family and society.  Inspired Legacies is committed to helping donors see the possibilities of activating their entire portfolios with a gender lens.

 

Pax World is an SEC-registered investment advisor offering a comprehensive platform of Sustainable Investing solutions. Pax is a thought leader in gender equity as an investment thesis and regularly convenes advisors and investors to further understanding. The Pax World Global Women’s Equality Fund was designed to invest in companies around the globe that are leaders in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment.

 

Tides is a nonprofit organization that works at the heart of today’s most critical issues, supporting grantees and programs that are core to our country’s nonprofit infrastructure and social service delivery. Gender equity is one of Tides five focus areas and they are committed to bringing their full resources to bear in a collaborative nature to broaden awareness and build opportunities to invest with a gender lens.

 

Women’s Funding Network is the largest funding network in the world dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls. WFN has highlighted gender lens investing at its national conferences and through activities with specific member funds.

 

SUPPORTING PARTNERS

Our supporting partners actively work to support the development of gender lens investing from where they sit, thus helping strengthen the ecosystem and build up the field

85 Broads is a global network of 30,000 trailblazing women who are inspired, empowered, and connected.

 

AEO is a national membership organization and voice of microenterprise development in the United States.

 

Arabella Advisors is a leading philanthropy services firm that supports the efforts of individual, family, institutional, and corporate philanthropists throughout the world.

 

Founded in 1999 in Silicon Valley, Astia is an innovative global not-for-profit organization that propels women’s full participation as entrepreneurs and leaders in high-growth businesses, fueling innovation and driving economic growth.

 

Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence is the leading national not-for-profit provider of resources, business education and community support for women entrepreneurs seeking to grow micro businesses to million dollar enterprises.

 

Illuminate Ventures is an early stage VC firm led by a team of experienced investors with significant operating and investment track records. Illuminate believes that “gender should never be an investment criterion… nor should it be a barrier.”

 

Investors’ Circle is a network of 150 angel investors, venture capitalists, foundations and family offices that are using private capital to promote the transition to a sustainable economy.

 

The Pipeline Fellowship is an angel investing training for women philanthropists. Pipeline Fellowship aims to diversify the investor pool and connect women social entrepreneurs with investors who get them.

 

Pymwymic helps individuals and families become conscious about the impact of their investments, and the alignment with personal or family values.

 

Renewal puts the powerful tools of business and philanthropy to work in the creation of a triple bottom line economy. We provide investments, grants and collaborations (for entrepreneurs, investors and activists) in support of long-term societal solutions in British Columbia and beyond.

 

Women Moving Millions is a bold global philanthropic initiative whose goal is to inspire gifts of a million dollars or more to organizations and initiatives that advance and empower women and girls.

 

Women’s World Banking is the only microfinance network with an explicit focus on women – with a network of 39 financial organizations from 27 countries.

 

SUSTAINED DIALOGUE PARTNERS

We have conversations with many important actors that help shape this initiative – those listed here have been especially valuable.

The Five Fund Forum presents pre-screened, leading fund managers across the spectrum of sustainability including Cleantech, Green Consumer Products, Microfinance, Impact, Energy Efficiency, and Renewable Energy.

 

The GLASS Forum is an invite-only annual event convening the world’s most extraordinary brain trust of women leaders in all areas of sustainability — including energy, environment, finance, business, policy, media, children and education, gender equality, social justice, and peace.

 

High Water Women empowers women and youth in need by creating powerful volunteer opportunities that leverage the talents and aspirations of professional women.

 

Impact Assets is a nonprofit financial services company created to help solve the world’s toughest problems by catalyzing investment capital for maximum environmental, social and financial impact.

 

ICRW’s mission is to empower women, advance gender equality and fight poverty in the developing world. To accomplish this, ICRW works with partners to conduct empirical research, build capacity and advocate for evidence-based, practical ways to change policies and programs.

 

The Jacquelyn and Gregory Zehner Foundation operates with a joint mission to partner with: a) non-profits that advance gender equality for women and girls nationally and internationally; and, b) select organizations that help explain Christianity and make it accessible for any seeker.  In particular, as an impassioned philanthropic visionary and social activist, Jacki Zehner is committed to the social and economic empowerment of women and actively supports organizations and initiatives that leverage a woman’s need to individually and collectively assert her economic clout.
Note: Hyperlink is to Ms. Zehner’s website – www.jackizehner.com.

 

The Makeda Fund was jointly established by SEAF and NOI Consulting to support the development of women-owned and women-managed SMEs in Africa.

 

NCRW (The National Council for Research on Women)

The National Council for Research on Women is a network of 120 leading research, policy and advocacy centers committed to improving the lives of women and girls.

 

The Ross School of Business is committed to action-based learning, an approach to instruction that exposes both students and faculty to real-world challenges faced by actual businesses and organizations.

 

RSF Social Finance (RSF) is a pioneering non-profit financial services organization dedicated to transforming the way the world works with money.

 

Since its inception in 2005, She Made It has become the leading resource for understanding women’s indelible mark in media, and one of the Paley Center’s most successful initiatives.

 

A leading center for innovative teaching, research and discourse on women, leadership and management, the School of Management (SOM) offers a demanding management education to women MBA and undergraduate students.

 

Texas Women Ventures (TWV) started investing in 2005 with a simple goal: to help women-owned businesses reach their full potential.

 

A pioneer, leader, and innovator,  Trillium is the oldest and largest independent investment management firm in the U.S. solely devoted to sustainable and responsible investing.

 

Veris Wealth Partners is a national sustainable wealth management firm dedicated to aligning families’ and foundations’ financial objectives with their mission and values. They structure fully-diversified portfolios that aim to drive social and environmental change while bringing rigor and discipline to the investment process. They believe this approach represents today’s most sophisticated investment thinking.

 

Village Capital uses the power of peer support to build world-changing ventures.

 

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