How can philanthropy invest in respect and dignity across social movements?
Often stated as the unfinished work of the women's movement, domestic work is one of the most invisible yet impactful work forces in the country. The movement to provide quality care for our children and elders impacts all of us. It also and provides opportunities for intersectional funding across social movements, regardless of the focus of your work in philanthropy. Join us for an intimate conversation with Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Co-Director of Caring Across Generations, to explore the opportunities for philanthropy to make an impact across gender, race, class, immigration, economic empowerment, and more.
Ai-Jen Poo, Caring Across Generations Co-Director and Director of National Domestic Workers Alliance
Ai-jen Poo is the Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Co-director of the Caring Across Generations campaign. She is a 2014 MacArthur fellow and was named one of Time 100’s world’s most influential people in 2012. She began organizing immigrant women workers nearly two decades ago. In 2000 she co-founded Domestic Workers United, the New York organization that spearheaded the successful passage of the state’s historic Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010. Together with 11 other organizations, DWU launched the National Domestic Workers Alliance in 2007. After noticing an increase in the number of domestic workers originally hired as nannies and housekeepers being asked to provide home care for their employers’ aging relatives, Ai-jen co-led the launch of the Caring Across Generations campaign in 2011 to ensure access to affordable care for the nation’s aging population and access to quality jobs for the caregiving workforce. Ai-jen serves on the Board of Directors of Momsrising, National Jobs with Justice, and Working America. She is a 2013 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, one of Fortune.com’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders, and author of The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America. Follow her on Twitter at @aijenpoo.
Rebecca Wisotsky, Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Rebecca Wisotsky is the Philanthropic Outreach Coordinator for Funders for LGBTQ Issues. She oversees strategic outreach efforts to new funders in order to increase the overall grantmaking to LGBTQ issues. Rebecca has over 10 years of experience working in national and grassroots organizations in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector. Her focus has been on developing social change leaders and strengthening organizations that are working for a more just society. In 2011 Rebecca was a fellow in the Selah Leadership Program, a national network of progressive Jews who work for social justice, where she is still an active network member. She is currently a Steering Committee Member for the New York Chapter of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and a board member of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice. She has a Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Multi-ethnic Practice from the University of Washington. Rebecca lives with in a multi generational household with her partner, parents and cat in Beacon, NY.
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