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Partnership of Women’s Foundations Invests $58.4 Million Over Two Years to Create Pathways to Economic Security for Women and Their Families in America

Partnership of Women’s Foundations Invests $58.4 Million Over Two Years to Create Pathways to Economic Security for Women and Their Families in America

Southwest Florida Women’s Foundation and Partners to Share Impact

During Women’s History Month in March

Naples Florida – To Kick-off Women’s History Month 2018, today the Southwest Florida Women’s Foundation joins members of Prosperity Together, a nonpartisan partnership of 32 public U.S. women’s foundations located in 26 states and Washington, D.C., to announce Year 2 (2017) results of its collective five-year, $100 million funding commitment to ensure economic security for low-income women and their families across the country. During Women’s History Month in March, the partnership will leverage social media channels (Twitter, Facebook) each week to share successes and engage the public at #ProsperityTogether.

In Year One (2016), Prosperity Together partners invested a collective $29,170,427. In Year Two (2017), partners invested $29,251,072 for a total of $58,421,499 — 58% of its five-year, $100 million commitment in just two years. The Southwest Florida Women’s Foundation invested over $200,000 towards it’s local $500,000 goal. Collectively last year, partners supported 1,022 nonprofit organizations and impacted over 137,153 women and girls across 26 states and Washington, D.C.   Access the Year Two Impact Report, here.

To achieve economic security for all women, Prosperity Together partners employ a broad, inclusive approach to grantmaking. In 2017, 90% of partners supported workforce development; 81% leadership development and community mobilization; 74% financial literacy and asset building; 74% research; and 74% education.

In 2017, Prosperity Together partners targeted their grantmaking to support programs in many areas:

  • Job Training: Programs that are customized to address the cultural and educational needs of low-income women to secure a higher-wage job in a stable work environment.
  • Two-Generation Programs: Programs that assist parents seeking education, job training, or employment while concurrently placing their children in high-quality education.
  • Asset Building & Financial Literacy: Programs that help women develop and keep wealth.
  • Childcare Access & Quality: Programs that create access for low-income women to culturally appropriate, affordable, high-quality childcare so they can be successful in the workplace and their children can have a strong academic start in life.
  • Research: State and national research to inform best practices and policies that increase economic security for low-income women, build awareness of community-specific issues, and mobilize support for policy change.
  • Policy Change: Support policy change efforts that most affect low-income women, including pay equity, paid family and medical leave, minimum wage increase, improved access to childcare, reducing predatory lending, improving access to childcare subsidies for community college students, and fair scheduling and work-week bills.

Over the next three years, Prosperity Together will continue to harness the collective power, leadership, and proven effectiveness of women’s foundations working together to ensure women’s economic security in America. State by state, the partnership calls upon policymakers, business leaders, philanthropic community, and the public to understand that economic prosperity for all is guaranteed only when economic security and equal opportunity are guaranteed for low-income women.

Prosperity Together members include the Southwest Florida Women’s Foundation and 31 other public U.S. women’s foundations located in 26 states and Washington, D.C. Click here for more information on Prosperity Together, full members’ list, national impact, and access to annual reports.

Prosperity Together is a nonpartisan partnership of public U.S. women’s foundations dedicated to improving the economic security of low-income women and their families in America. In November 2015, Prosperity Together announced a five-year, $100 million funding commitment to invest in programs and strategies to create pathways to economic security for low-income women in America. Prosperity Together demonstrates the critical role and power of women’s foundations to drive this work in communities, state by state, across the country. Click here to learn more. Find us on social at #ProsperityTogether.

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Southwest Florida Women’s Foundation Transfers Human Trafficking Data Program to State Attorney

Southwest Florida Women’s Foundation Transfers Human Trafficking Data Program to State Attorney

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (January 23, 2018) – The Southwest Florida Women’s Foundation transferred today an innovative human trafficking data program to the State Attorney’s Office. The program was developed by the Women’s Foundation in cooperation with the Southwest Florida Human Task Force under the leadership of the 20th Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office.

Amira Fox, Chief Assistant State Attorney, said,

“We are grateful to the Women’s Foundation for pioneering the development of this essential data tool for our Human Trafficking Task Force members. Our goal is to implement the data program immediately throughout the 20th Circuit and make it available to all other Florida Circuits as soon as possible.”

The transfer of the human trafficking data program to the State Attorney’s Office is a major milestone in the Southwest Florida Women’s Foundation’s commitment to combat human trafficking. The program which uses the applicable types and definitions of human trafficking compiled in the Polaris Project’s Typology of Modern Slavery. The Polaris Project is one of the largest anti-trafficking organizations in the U.S.

“We learned several years ago that the lack of accurate data and privacy issues represented major obstacles for law enforcement, victim service and legal professionals in quantifying the problem and securing adequate resources to combat human trafficking,” noted Southwest Florida Women’s Foundation Founder and CEO Brenda Tate.
“At the request of the U.S. Attorney serving this region at the time, the Southwest Florida Women’s Foundation responded to the challenge and began exploring options for obtaining and developing accurate and useful data,” Tate emphasized.

The database gathers information about gender, age range, type of trafficking, and risk factors. This information will be centralized, analyzed, and reported out by the 20th Circuit State Attorney’s Office. The resulting data will not only deepen our understanding of human trafficking that happens in our own backyard but will also reflect trends over time and validate the specific resources needed to bolster the professional efforts of local and statewide agencies.Task Force members will be able to share non-identifying information on the victims served by their respective agencies without violating privacy laws or risking the safety of their clients. The types of human trafficking happening in Southwest Florida include, but are not limited to, sex trafficking of children on websites and labor trafficking of farmworkers.

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“I hate networking! How can I find my customers and clients?”

"I Hate Networking! How Can I Find My Customers and Clients?

 

 

What happens when you hear the word networking? If you're struggling with networking and finding the right customers and clients this episode is for you! Use these three strategies to get over your networking fears!

  1. Stop networking and start building relationships -  Building relationships occurs naturally,  how do you build relationships? The same can work for your business. To find your ideal client and customer stop focusing on networking and start working on building relationships in the way that you build relationships naturally.
  2. Stop stressing about networking and start solving problems -  Only go to places where you can solve a problem.
  3. Stop selling and start serving -  Focus on the solutions you bring to your clients and customers instead.
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The Southwest Florida Women’s Foundation Receives $3,000 Human Rights Grant

The Southwest Florida Women’s Foundation Receives $3,000 Human Rights Grant

We’d like to thank EILEEN FISHER for supporting our work and mission with a $3,000 Human Rights Grant!
EILEEN FISHER is a US-based women’s clothing company with strong values around human rights, environmental sustainability, and support of women and girls.

“We are committed to programs that educate, boost security and entrepreneurship, and advocate from a woman’s perspective.  We are especially grateful that EILEEN FISHER has recognized our efforts to stop the sale of children for sex and other forms of human trafficking in Southwest Florida and beyond,” says Brenda Tate, CEO of the Southwest Florida Women’s Foundation.

We’re hosting two events in February 2018 to train law, order and human trafficking victim support professionals and a community outreach to inform community leaders about human trafficking. For more information about the events, please contact Charlotte Newell at charlotte@fundwomenfl.org.

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How can I start a business when there’s so much competition?

How can i start a business when there's so much competition?

 

Have you been thinking about starting a business, but maybe you’re saying to yourself?

“There’s too much competition out there, I don’t know how I would measure up.”

Business Coach, Darcy Eikenberg will dispel the three most common myths stopping hopeful entrepreneurs from bringing their ideas to life.

  1. I shouldn’t start a business if there’s already competition – Competition is evidence that there are customers and clients for your business. For the work you want to do and the way, you want to serve. Don’t get caught up in thinking you have to be totally unique. Because that couldn’t be further from the truth
  2. I need to worry about my competition every single day or I need to do everything better than they do. Worry, fear and stress are not productive emotions. When you worry about your competition you’re not focused on what you can control which is YOU! And your decisions. Replace your worry with curiosity. Talk and engage with your competition, try to learn from their experience. You might have a revelation about the direction in which you want to take your business!
  3. Other people are my competition –Are the thoughts in your head getting in the way of you trying something new? Often, your biggest competition is YOU. Self-doubt and fear of reaching out and making an offer, or pricing your products and services in a way that reflects the true value of the problem is a bigger obstacle than your perceived competition. We can be the biggest roadblock to moving our business forward. To truly build a successful business, we must start believing in ourselves

How about you? How do you get past all the myths that are out there about competition? Let us know in the comments below

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