Grants – Mary's Pence
Members of Pennsylvania Domestic Workers Alliance -- a Mary's Pence grantee.

What We Do


Responsive funding for women creating social change.

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Mary’s Pence Grantees Are


centered on issues women face or on gender justice issues, benefitting and primarily led by cis women, trans women, or non-binary people.


emerging from a need identified within the impacted community, and collaboratively developed by and led by members of that community.

Working to enact long term sustainable change at the community level —

shifting public opinion about justice issues; forming alliances and collaborations across diverse populations; creating change in unjust structure or policies; or building capacity by building leadership, organizing or other social justice skills.

Focused on social justice actions —

human dignity, the common good, the right to economic security and dignified work, care for the earth, participation, subsidiarity (decisions are made at the most local level possible and involve those most impacted) and nonviolence.


We are committed to inclusion and equity and strive to ensure that our grantee funding reflects the diversity of the communities with which we partner with regard to color, income, physical ability, geography, age, and gender identity. We are committed to removing barriers that are faced by equity-seeking groups.

Beyond the Money

Our granting process is intentional and holistic. In order to meet emerging needs, we do not restrict funding to prescribed issue areas. Rather, the kinds of social justice issues that we fund arise organically as needs change and emerge within a community. We also provide our grantees with additional support including networking, retreats, information sessions and publicity.

Our unique approach has been recognized in recent years and is one of the main reasons we maintain a 100% rating on GrantAdvisor.


Issues We Recently Funded

Creating Inclusive Communities

Creating Freedom Movements


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.

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Group of 7 women of color, posing standing and smiling. Embracing second chances means advocating for oneself and working towards healing.

Accompanying Women Experiencing Incarceration

It Takes a Village Collaborative

District of Columbia

It Takes A Village Collaborative (ITAVcollab) cultivates thriving communities of color that focus on a holistic approach to wellness to encourage healing and the ability of people to reach their full potential.

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Cultivating Health and Well Being

Yəhaw̓ Indigenous Creatives Collective

Seattle, Washington

Mama to Mama works to increase social support for all mothers as they make the transition into parenthood by promoting healthy parenting practices in an effort to create healthier and more sustainable communities.

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Advocating for Just Systems

National Equal Justice Association


National Equal Justice Association secures equal justice for poor and minority workers and their families struggling to obtain fair wages, nutritional food, health care, clean and affordable water, and safe working and living conditions.

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Empowering Young Women

The WomanHOOD Project

Bronx, New York

The WomanHOOD Project is an after-school mentorship and leadership program for girls, femmes, and trans/gender-nonconforming people of color in the Bronx.

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Advocating for Just Systems

Altagracia Faith and Justice Works

New York. New York

Altagracia Faith and Justice Works is an organization that focuses on combating rezoning in their communities and addressing social injustices.

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