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Mary’s Pence Announces Spring 2024 Grantees

Mary’s Pence is honored to announce the 11 organizations awarded grants for our 2024 Spring cycle. The following organizations were chosen because they embody our values of justice, dignity, and solidarity for cis women, trans women, and non-binary people. They also reflect our guiding principles by standing in solidarity with women on the margins through their commitment to addressing and making long-term changes around inclusivity and collaboration of social, economic, and racial justice issues.

Altagracia Faith and Justice Works (AFJW)

New York, New York | 2nd Grant

AFJW enacts change on a local level, with a specific focus on immigrant and Latino communities in Upper Manhattan. They promote social justice through faith formation, leadership development, and service and advocacy opportunities. 

Creating Freedom Movements (CFM)

Richmond, California | 3rd Grant

Creating Freedom Movements is a training program that teaches participants to build community, cross-issue solidarity, and infrastructures of justice and joy by moving from cultures of separation and domination to cultures of connection and reciprocity. 

Germantown Residents for Economic Alternatives Together (GREAT)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | 2nd Grant

GREAT, a grassroots neighborhood organization, works on building community and addressing social justice in various ways. GREAT supports members around housing issues, advocates for food security by teaching at-home gardening techniques, hosts a cooperative gardening club and recently began emergency preparedness planning. 

Hattie B. BWIP (Hattie B. Black Women in Progress)

Sierra Vista, Arizona | 1st Grant 

Hattie B. BWIP aims to empower young girls from marginalized Black and Brown communities, with a focus on girls residing in rural and underserved areas. Its Girls Confidence Camp provides academic enrichment, fosters sisterhood, and nurtures life skills, emotional resilience, and self-assurance for all girls in Southern Arizona.

Heart of Courage

Dallas, Texas | 1st Grant 

Heart of Courage works side by side with mothers who have lost temporary custody of their children due to addiction, incarceration, domestic violence, mental health issues, and homelessness. Heart of Courage seeks to help mothers break generational cycles by ensuring that they are taking care of themselves both mentally and physically.

National Equal Justice Association (NEJA)

San Francisco, California | 3rd Grant

NEJA is an all-volunteer organization that secures equal justice for communities impacted by environmental concerns by connecting communities with one another and the scientific community. It also works to raise awareness of the UN Sustainability Goals and use them as a framework for action.

National Women’s Defense League

Germantown, New York | 1st Grant 

National Women’s Defense League, a nonpartisan organization, is dedicated to preventing sexual harassment and protecting survivors. It advocates for policy change that prevents sexual harassment in political workplaces and holds elected officials accountable, ensuring everyone can work in a safe and respectful environment.

Project Rainbow Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah | 1st Grant 

Project Rainbow Utah envisions a Utah where every LGBTQIA+ individual feels they belong and are safe. Project Rainbow Utah fosters visibility for the LGBTQIA+ community through flag campaigns, promotes inclusivity through civic dialogue and training, and provides crucial funds and other development support through a Community Fund.

Ready to Launch

Santa Monica, California | 3rd Grant

Ready to Launch equips women from historically marginalized communities in LA County with the opportunities and support to learn, grow, and launch careers in government and politics. Ready to Launch accomplishes this through its flagship fellowship program and public events.

Rockland Prison Justice Project

Nyack, New York | 1st Grant 

Rockland Prison Justice Project advocates for restorative justice practices as an alternative paradigm to punishment. Its Well Being Workshop for formerly incarcerated women seeks to facilitate their reintegration into their communities while fostering a cultural shift resulting in personal empowerment grounded in self-love, awareness, and acceptance.

South Asian Women Project (SAWP)

East Elmhurst, New York | 1st Grant 

The South Asian Women Project supports survivors of intimate partner violence and their families through culturally sensitive support groups, trauma-informed counseling, and financial empowerment. SAWP serves clients and families in Queens and over 3,500 Bangladeshi women through social media.

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