Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

MARYS PENCE

  • St. Paul, MN
  • www.maryspence.org

Mission Statement

Mary's Pence invests in women across the Americas by funding community initiatives and fostering collaborations to create social change.

We envision a world where empowered women and their communities flourish in solidarity and justice.

We fund women for social change through two programs: the ESPERA Community Lending program in Mexico, Central America and Haiti. And the Mary's Pence Grants program in the United States and Canada.

Together with our donors, we fund women's projects based on these social justice values: feminism, dignity, community and participation, rights and responsibilities, subsidiarity, preferential option for the poor, global solidarity, and care for earth.

Main Programs

  1. ESPERA Fund
  2. Mary's Pence Grants
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Mary's Pence serves women throughout the Americas - North, South and Central America and the Caribbean.

ruling year

1988

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Katherine Wojtan

Keywords

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catholic women micro lending poverty social justice grants funding latin central america economic development empowerment

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EIN

36-3556481

 Number

0773654006

Physical Address

275 East 4th Street #510

St. Paul, 55101

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Women's Rights (R24)

Economic Development (S30)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

ESPERA Fund

The Mary’s Pence ESPERA program works to improve economic and social well-being of women. We partner with established grassroots women’s organizations in Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Haiti to create locally owned community lending pools, providing women access to financial resources and supporting the development of business skills. Our approach is community-based. We work to support and strengthen our partner groups so that women have strong connections, support, and voice in their communities. We believe these are the building blocks to women’s economic autonomy and empowerment.

The ESPERA lending pool is collectively owned and managed by the women in the community. With the support of local staff, the women make decisions about how the money will be managed including loan criteria, amounts, and re-payment periods. The loans are used to start or invest in income-generating businesses. Mary’s Pence staff focuses specifically on developing business skills, including planning, administration and marketing skills.

The ESPERA program is about creating a good life for all, where everyone has the opportunity to achieve their potential and have their needs met.
 
 

Category

Community Development

Population(s) Served

Female Adults

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Female Adults

Budget

$123,708

Program 2

Mary's Pence Grants

Mary’s Pence funds projects in the US and Canada that increase the economic security of women and amplify women’s voices in their communities. We support efforts for systemic change that improves the status of women.

Our dream project would be:
•Women led - for the benefit of women and their families
•Community centered – emerging from a need identified within the community, and collaboratively developed by members of the community, flexible enough to meet new, changing or emerging needs.
•Focused on social justice values – the values of 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.
•Working for long term sustainable social change - addressing underlying causes of injustice by:
oShifting public opinion about justice issues,
oForming alliances and collaborations across diverse populations,
oCreating change in unjust structure or policies, or
oBuilding capacity by building skills – leadership, organizing or other skills.


Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking

Population(s) Served

Female Adults

Female Young Adults (20-25 years)

None

Budget

$60,000

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Mary's Pence serves women throughout the Americas - North, South and Central America and the Caribbean.

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Funding Needs

Our funding helps support women in the ESPERA community lending program in Central America, Mexico, and Haiti and to support women's projects for social change in the United States and Canada through Mary's Pence Grants. We are currently working intensively with a pilot group of women ESPERA participants to develop business skills through a model of responsive coaching on specific skills including accounting, market research, marketing, and leadership. The next phase will include a train-the-trainer approach to help women across all of our ESPERA partner organizations increase their income and lift their communities out of poverty. Mary's Pence Grants go to grassroots or start-up community projects working for social change for the benefit of women. Our donors trust us to fund projects that have social justice values at their core. We are currently working to help our grantees build capacity through connections to other organizations that are in their area, of their size, and/or working on the same issues.

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MARY'S PENCE
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Operations

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Leadership

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Principal Officer

Katherine Wojtan

BIO

Katherine's background includes experience in strategic planning, project management and training/facilitation, mostly in a corporate setting. She has facilitated retreats on nonviolence, was a founding member of Conversation with Other (cross conflict facilitation), has volunteered for Nonviolent Peaceforce, and served as a core team member founding the Minnesota Peace Team which was created to provide a nonpartisan presence during the Republic National Convention.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Bridgette Kelly

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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