2020 Grant Partner Spotlight Series: Part 8

July 17, 2020

Our collective power creates social change that transforms the lives of women and girls. We invest in building the capacity of grant partners who make long-lasting change a reality. Through our Grant Partner Spotlight series, we’re proud to share with you the tremendous work they’re doing.
Featured in this edition: ROOTT destigmatizes sex education, NAWBO Columbus Foundation innovates to support women entrepreneurs, Ohio University Lancaster studies local barriers to women’s leadership, and the Bhutanese Community of Central Ohio advances culturally responsive sex education. 

Restoring our Own Through Transformation (ROOTT)

Restoring Our Own Through Transformation (ROOTT) is a Black women-led reproductive justice organization dedicated to collectively restoring well-being through self-determination, collaboration, and resources to meet the needs of women and families within communities.

The Women’s Fund invests in ROOTT’s comprehensive reproductive health curriculum: Sex Ed, Reproductive Justice, and You. Through age-appropriate programs for teens and adult caregivers, participants are rooted in the reproductive justice framework, lifting autonomy, safety, and consent. 

ROOTT creates social change by shifting social norms and behaviors to center youth voices; destigmatizing conversations between youth and adult caregivers; validating participants’ concerns with medical practice due to historical oppression; and, influencing policy to standardize health education curriculum to include medically accurate and evidence-based sexual health education. Participants are equipped to share what they learn with peers in their communities to create a ripple effect of social change.

NAMBO Columbus Foundation

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Columbus Foundation facilitates learning opportunities and research to elevate women business owners through connections, advocacy, and mentorship. NAWBO levels the playing field for all women business owners by removing barriers, providing personal and professional support, and driving change for current women entrepreneurs now and in the future.

The Women’s Fund invests in NAWBO Columbus Foundation’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Venture Studio. The studio, now in its pilot phase, was created to test research-based strategies for growth-minded women business owners to overcome challenges in starting and running a business. The Women’s Entrepreneurship Venture Studio creates social change by helping women realize their true economic potential and accelerate their leadership. 

“The Women’s Entrepreneurship Venture Studio will provide the opportunity to conduct active research in the field, allowing us to better understand and illuminate the root causes of disparities, challenges, and implicit biases that exist for women when accessing business capital and contracts. 

Through understanding the problem areas, we can gain insight for building relevant and consistent programming tailored to helping women entrepreneurs scale within the growing, yet inclusive, Columbus economy. 

Through The Women’s Fund’s investment into Women’s Entrepreneurship Venture Studio, NAWBO can continue to lead social change through both research and policy development.

Columbus is one of the best places in the nation to launch a business. Yet, a substantial wealth gap exists for women entrepreneurs. We look forward to the development in the coming months for the Columbus Women’s Entrepreneurship Venture Studio.”

NAWBO Columbus Foundation

Ohio University Lancaster

The mission of Ohio University and Ohio University Lancaster is to create a learning environment that encourages critical thinking and intellectual growth by providing access to affordable academic opportunities. The Women’s Fund invests in Ohio University Lancaster’s The Status of Women in Southeast Central Ohio Project

The Status of Women in Southeast Central Ohio Project will study the barriers to women serving in leadership roles and running for public office in Fairfield and Licking Counties. 

This study will create social change by identifying localized barriers to women holding leadership positions in organizations, government offices, and as creators of public policy; encouraging women to be more civically engaged; educating women on the resources currently available; creating curriculum for programming to narrow or eliminate identified barriers; and, providing qualitative and quantitative data to use as foundational information for change.

Are you a woman over the age of 18 who either lives or works in Licking or Fairfield counties in Ohio? 
Ohio University Lancaster invites you to participate in an online research survey on women’s leadership in Fairfield and Licking Counties in Ohio. Participation is voluntary. If you participate you will be requested to respond to brief surveys that should take about 15 minutes of your time.
👉 Click here to complete the survey.

Bhutanese Community of Central Ohio

The Bhutanese Community of Central Ohio (BCCO) serves resettled Bhutanese refugees with culturally appropriate social services and empowers them through education and advocacy. The Women’s Fund invests in Women of Knowledge and Excellence (W.O.K.E.). Created by Bhutanese-Nepali women, W.O.K.E. advances culturally responsive sex education for young Bhutanese-Nepali women in central Ohio.

Through a peer learning model, W.O.K.E. creates social change by nurturing women’s leadership to build community dialogue around sex education and healthy relationships in an environment that fosters peer support and increases self-efficacy among young Bhutanese-Nepali women. By educating participants in a culturally responsive manner, the cultural stigma around sex education, teen pregnancy, and intimate partner violence decreases. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, BCCO has shifted focus to meet immediate needs by providing direct relief and supplies to the community. They are still able to engage young women virtually through this time to maintain a connection through the pandemic.