Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Circle of Sisters for Social Change Builds a Powerful Collective Voice for Social Change Philanthropy in New York City

By BlackGivesBack NY contributor Akira Barclay

On Tuesday, April 20th, the Circle of Sisters for Social Change brought together a group of powerful women leaders to learn about the work of the New York Women’s Foundation®. Hosted at the Harlem home of New York Women’s Foundation® Board Member Karen A. Phillips (in photo on left), the inspiring evening featured NYWF Grantee Partner Housing + Solutions’ Rita Zimmer who talked passionately about the importance of the New York Women’s Foundation’s support in helping her provide stable housing and supportive services to inspire and motivate women to make positive life choices.

A cross-cultural alliance of women catalyzing partnerships and leveraging human and financial capital to achieve sustained economic security and justice for women and girls, The New York Women’s Foundation® is a voice for women and a force for change. The Circle of Sisters for Social Change is a group of dedicated women from diverse backgrounds and professions that come together to support and engage in the foundation’s work.

Kwanza Butler (in photo on right) shared why she became a member and encouraged guests to join her in the Circle of Sisters for Social Change by saying, “I whole-heartedly believe in the mission of the New York Women’s Foundation –through activist philanthropy and participatory grant-making, it is doing the work necessary to achieve sustained equity and justice for women and girls in New York City. The Foundation holds itself out as a cross-cultural alliance of women helping women, and the Circle of Sisters for Social Change is just one manifestation of how the Foundation is true to its promise. The COS’ mission is to diversify the Foundation’s ambassadors – to help ensure that those who support the NYWF are as diverse as the communities and individuals serviced by the grantees we fund. Most importantly, COS meets you where you are – whether you can give $10, or $10,000, whether you can donate 5 hours or 50, COS will find a way for you to get involved and feel good about what you’ve been able to contribute.”

To learn more about the Circle of Sisters for Social Change and how you can use your talents, time and treasure to effect positive change for women and girls in New York City, contact Madeline Lamour-Holder at mholder@nywf.org and stay tuned to blackgivesback for updates about this dynamic group of women.

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