On May 2nd only, during Spring2ACTion event... just by making one donation of $10 or more, your gift can multiply thousands of times.
I'm looking for 25 friends to commit $100 to collectively fund personalized one-on-one career and business mentoring for ten women clients of Empowered Women International - but any donation, large or small, counts as a critical vote in support of EWI winning key matching grants! Make a mother's day gift that matters, stand up for the power of women, and get involved!
This event kicks off EWI’s 10th anniversary campaign starting on May 2nd.
With your help on May 2nd EWI can win up to $30,000 in grants and prizes with which we can fully transform the lives and livelihoods of immigrant, refugee and low-income women in our community.
What does EWI do?
Empowered Women International (EWI) is an award-winning non-profit organization that channels the entrepreneurial spirit, the arts, and the creative capital of talented and high-potential immigrant, refugee and low-income women into new jobs and small businesses.
We help women rebuild their lives, their families and livelihoods, one woman at the time.
What does make EWI unique?
- We work with some of the most talented, yet vulnerable and struggling women and families in our community
- We help them realize their passion and make that into their business
- We create jobs and small businesses that benefit our whole community
- We keep our overhead low and our funding high on our programs that create jobs for women
- We’ve been recognized as “one of the best small charities in the Greater Washington DC area” by the Catalogue for Philanthropy.
Who are the women and families we work with?
Women come to EWI from all walks of life. Some are working to overcome difficult medical challenges. Others are battling domestic abuse, unemployment, isolation or financial crisis.
Many are immigrants and refugees, and others American-born women – all facing tremendous hardships.
How do we help these women turn their life around?
We meet women where they are, and work alongside them through training, mentoring and coaching to help them see possibilities.
We connect them to networks of professionals. We take their product to market. We introduce them to other businesses, and promote their goods and services.
In the end, what makes the difference is YOU – our committed donors who work together with us and invest in women’s lives and their futures. And our dedicated staff, mentors, alumni community and volunteers, who provide a strong support system to ensure no one feels isolated or left behind.
But do we always succeed?
Well, not always, but 99% of the time. Our graduation rate from the Entrepreneur Training for Success in 2011 was 100%.
This means that all women who enrolled in our program last year, graduated with a ready to go business, a business plan vetted by business experts and bankers, a network of support and market access through EWI’s programs.
How many women do we launch in business, and where do we see ourselves in the future?
Since 2006, when we started the Entrepreneur Training for Success, we've launched 120 small businesses, many in the arts and the creative industry.
We also mentored, coached, showcased and promoted over 1,500 women artists and creative entrepreneurs.
Today, we start about 50 businesses/year, and provide business and marketing coaching to an additional 200 women entrepreneur each year.
The Entrepreneur Training for Success runs twice a year at two locations in Alexandria and Rockville. The classes are small 10-15 women/class to ensure each woman gets the attention and support needed to complete her business plan.
We plan to add a new Entrepreneur Training for Success location in Washington DC in 2013. We’re also working on an online curriculum and plan to expand our reach through online training and mentoring, distance learning and webinars by 2014.
How much does it cost to run the 4-month Entrepreneur Training for Success?
Each 4-month business incubator for up to 15 women costs $24,050. This is an average $1,850/student to launch a business and receive one-on-one mentoring and coaching in training and after graduation.
What can you do to help?
Your contribution on May 2nd... at any level helps us provide scholarships and entrepreneurial services to immigrant, refugee and low-income start-up women entrepreneurs.