jacki photoAuthor: Jacki Zehner (Member, Women Moving Millions)
Originally posted on December 15, 2015 on LinkedIn

This morning I glanced at my calendar and did a double take. December 15th? How did that happen? Are there seriously only 10 more days until Christmas? Something tells me I’m not the only one who did a double take at the calendar this morning. I’m also guessing that like me, many of you haven’t finished your holiday shopping just yet, and if that’s the case, I have a proposal for you. This year, instead of just mindlessly checking items off of a list, why not make a concerted effort to shop your values? Let me explain.

In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it can be easy to forget that every time you spend a dollar, that exchange is an exchange of power. Companies understand this well, and they spend billions of dollars every year trying to convince you to give them your purchasing power. Who are the main shoppers? Women. We make 75-85% of all purchasing decisions, which adds up to trillions of dollars that we could be using to support our values. Your dollars can make or break a company, brand, or consumer item, so what if we all started using this power as a way of supporting our values in life? What if we used our spending dollars to hold companies accountable, and as a means of enacting social change? That’s what shopping your values means, and the possibilities are endless.

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Essential Tips for Raising Passionate and Engaged Young Leaders & 11 Must-Read Rules for Giving Back as a Family

natalie lrEssential Tips for Raising Passionate and Engaged Young Leaders
Author: Natalie Lynn Rekstad (Member, Women Moving Millions)
Originally posted December 2015 on Young Presidents’ Organization Ignite Blog

The holidays are a time of gratitude and giving, and in some cases, a rare time when all family members are present. It can be an ideal opportunity for discussion and reflection upon the year’s world events, blessings, and ways in which we’ve contributed to the greater good as individuals, and collectively as a family.

It can also be a time to look ahead at giving priorities in the realms of time, talent, and treasure, and ways to engage the entire family, particularly its youngest members. My hope is to provide you with a road map to family giving that makes the process as joyful and frustration-free as possible.

Many people think of philanthropy as writing checks, but that is an aspect only. It’s time to take back the word and recognize that what we contribute as parents, business leaders, mentors, school volunteers, neighbors, and so much more are forms of philanthropy. And importantly, it is a space where everyone is welcome, including children.

Read more from Natalie here and also, don’t miss Natalie’s 11 Must-Read Rules for Giving Back as a Family here.

Belief-based Social Innovation: Gender-Lens’ Next Frontier

emily musimbiBelief-based Social Innovation: Gender-Lens’ Next Frontier
Authors: Emily Nielsen Jones (Member, Women Moving Millions) & Musimbi Kanyoro (CEO, Global Fund for Women)
Originally posted on December 8, 2015 on Stanford Social Innovation Review

Philanthropists and for-profit investors alike today are apt to talk of using a gender lens when screening opportunities to fund social change. When my husband and I (Emily) began our foundation—the Imago Dei Fund—in 2009, I gravitated immediately to the idea of empowering women and girls. Little did we know then that it would grow into a powerful movement changing the face of philanthropy.

At the cusp of a new round of global gender goal setting, we find ourselves asking: Where is the gender-lens movement going, which now takes as conventional wisdom that gender balance is a lynchpin of global progress? The answer lies in moving beyond redress, mitigation, and even women’s empowerment programs—though these are still sorely needed—to more directly fund culturally led efforts to re-examine and transform underlying beliefs that systematically disempower females in the first place.

Read more here.

WINS for Women in 2015

WINS for Women in 2015jacki photo
Author: Jacki Zehner (Member, Women Moving Millions)
Originally posted on December 8, 2015 on LinkedIn

It’s December already, which means that along with my usual shock and dismay at how quickly time is marching by, it’s also time for reflection on the year that was. Around this time every year, I like to check in with myself to see where I’m at, and more importantly, where I’d like to go next. What have I accomplished this past year? What are my goals for the year ahead? Let me tell you, the latter list is always infinitely longer than the former.

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The Case for Unrestricted Giving

natalie lrThe Case for Unrestricted Giving
Author: Natalie Lynn Rekstad (Member, Women Moving Millions)
Originally posted on August 31, 2015 on Soul Journey Philanthropy

One of the issues that tends to divide philanthropists is restricted vs. unrestricted giving. While some are open to both, most are divided into one of the two camps.

Restricted giving has its allure. It’s concrete, measurable, and can be tied to specific benchmarks or impacts. It makes the donor feel in control and fully aware of where their money is going. Yet I advocate unrestricted giving for a few reasons:

Unrestricted giving helps organizations focus their time on creating impact, not measuring it.

Read more from Natalie here.

First Ever Global Diversity List

jacki photoFirst Ever Global Diversity List
Author: Jacki Zehner (Member, Women Moving Millions)
Originally posted on November 4, 2015 on LinkedIn

On Saturday, October 31st, the Economist released their inaugural Global Diversity List, highlighting companies, campaigns, and individuals dedicated to diversity in their respective industries. There are eight categories in total, highlighting champions, networks, and initiatives that focus on diversity across ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and disability, all of which have been nominated by the readers of the Economist, and then approved by an independent panel of experts. Going forward, the Global Diversity List aims to be an annual publication, with the goal of recognizing and supporting those at the forefront of diversity initiatives worldwide.

This is the first time a comprehensive list of champions of diversity has been compiled in such a manner, and the ambition of this initiative is bold. As Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe, CEO of the Global Diversity List, states, “The list marks a seminal moment for the diversity profession, by publicly recognising the world’s most influential, innovative and creative diversity professionals in one comprehensive list for the first time.  The list sets the benchmark of exceptional performance in the profession today and creates the role models for the diversity professionals of tomorrow”.

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The Mindful Warriorship of Gretchen Ki Steidle

natalie lrPhilanthropist Profile: The Mindful Warriorship of Gretchen Ki Steidle
Author: Natalie Lynn Rekstad (Member, Women Moving Millions)
Originally posted on October 5, 2015 on Soul Journey Philanthropy

Raised in a conservative, nomadic military family headed by an authoritarian father with a strong sense of duty, Gretchen Ki Steidle spent her early years in a constant state of upheaval.  With the nature of a seeker, and the resiliency of a military daughter, she forged a path of exploration and adventure, her awakening as a world citizen dawning at age ten in a Philippines fishing village among the rural poor.

With her Filipino exchange family she watched in awe the sense of community and unbounded freedom that had been missing in her own life.  Her Western standard of privilege and righteousness withered in the face of the beauty and grace of the impoverished villagers living fully expressed lives.  Through years of intellectual and spiritual unfolding, she developed a“Theory of Change” that honored the responsibility of being born into western privilege, while recognizing the inherent wisdom communities possess in creating and pursuing their own definition of prosperity.

Read more from Natalie here.