“As study after study has taught us, there is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women. No other policy is as likely to raise economic productivity or to reduce child and maternal mortality. No other policy is as sure to improve nutrition and promote health, including the prevention of HIV/AIDS. No other policy is as powerful in increasing the chances of education for the next generation.”
– Koffi Annan
Investment in a woman is an investment in her family and ultimately her community and her nation – women’s funds catalyze this powerful chain reaction to forge the building blocks for a more just and sustainable world. Like mutual funds, women’s funds expect a return on their investment. Instead of financial gain, the return on a women’s fund is the transformation of the lives of women and girls and lasting impact on the communities in which they live.
– The Women’s Funding Network
I serve on the Board of Directors of The New York Women’s Foundation (http://www.nywf.org), and my work with the Foundation was an integral part of writing The Embers. The women I have met and partnered with through the Foundation — including staff, board members, volunteers, and our outstanding grantees — have given me personal inspiration, a sense of community, and a grounding that serves as a much-needed balance to my solitary life as a writer and my chaotic life as a mom. For this, and so much more, I want The New York Women’s Foundation — and other funds like it who are carrying out this incredibly important work — to share in the rewards of The Embers’ sales.
A portion of the book’s proceeds will go to women’s funds throughout the country working to achieve sustainable economic security and an equal and just future.