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Welcome to the Valentine Foundation’s first email newsletter!

We are delighted to share some of our accomplishments, highlight our grantees, and announce the opening of the Valentine Visionary Leadership application for 2022. The Trustees and I hope this newsletter, along with our new social media presence on Twitter and Facebook will help us reach more organizations and increase the pool of applicants for all our grants. Please share this email with friends and colleagues and follow us on social media so we can support even more organizations in 2022. Thanks in advance for your help!


Sincerely,
Alexandra V.A. Frazier, Executive Director



Strong leaders build strong organizations, and we’re committed to helping build a generation of powerful, diverse non-profit leaders. Applications for our Visionary Leadership Fund are now open, and we’re prioritizing applicants who are BIPOC, women, transgender, and gender-expansive. Apply today for funding to develop the executive and aspiring leaders in your organization, and share with your friends and colleagues at other organizations! The deadline for applications is Monday, March 14, and funding will be granted by May 2022. 

Have questions or want more information? Join us on Tuesday, February 8 for a virtual information session: 

Session 1: 9:00am–10:00am
Session 2: 5:00pm–6:00pm. 

Please register in advance by emailing us at info@valentinefoundation.org.
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Since 1985, we’ve been funding social change for women and girls through grants to organizations working at the intersection of racial and gender justice. As we enter our 37th year, we’re sharing our work even wider on Twitter and Facebook! Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and share our grant opportunities so we can support old and new organizations and leaders advancing our communities for racial and social justice. Your follows and shares make a big difference.

Are you a grantee making change thanks to our funding? We want to know! Send us your success stories, initiatives, and upcoming events. We’ll share with our followers to spread the word about your good work.

Grantees in Action

Women tend to be underrepresented in high-paying jobs in construction, manufacturing, transit, and utilities industries, and our grantee Women in Nontraditional Careers (WINC) is on a mission to change that by breaking down barriers to women’s participation in the skilled trades.

WINC has used Valentine Foundation funding to create more engagement and this month was featured in a full-page spread in Metro Philadelphia, reaching thousands of readers and connecting with dozens of aspiring tradeswomen. As program manager Sue Hoffman put it, “We need to bust through the discrimination and exclusion that has kept women from such great careers.. WINC wants to be sure those [skilled trades] pathways are well-lit and available.”

Grantees in the News
Abortion Liberation Fund of PA in the Philadelphia Inquirer
Most abortions cost between $450-$500 in Pennsylvania, more expensive than many people can afford. Read in the Philadelphia Inquirer how Pennsylvania’s rules against using Medicaid funds for abortion put this crucial healthcare even further out of reach for Black, Hispanic, Indigenous, and Asian people, and how our grantee, the Abortion Liberation Fund of PA is fighting back and helping make abortions more accessible by covering the costs.
Why Not Prosper in ABC 27
“Women can’t rebuild their life if they don’t know where they’re going to sleep, if they don’t know where they’re going to eat, if they don’t know where their clothes are coming from.” On ABC 27, watch how our grantee Why Not Prosper is supporting women returning from prison in building thriving lives.

 

 
Women's Community Revitalization Project in Axios Philadelphia
Affordable housing is on the agenda for 2022. In Axios Philadelphia, hear from Nora Lichtash of the Women’s Community Revitalization Project on how Philadelphia should prioritize affordable housing in 2022, and the need to “prioritize giving some of its publicly owned property to nonprofits that focus on affordable & accessible housing instead of only giving it to market-rate developers.”
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