2019 Partner Rise Up 


Rise Up activates women and girls to transform their lives, families and communities for a more just and equitable world through investment in local solutions, strengthening leadership, and building movements. Read their latest Annual Report

Denise Dunning is the Founder and Executive Director of Rise Up, and an IWF NorCal member. Rise Up is based in Oakland, California.


Since 2009, Rise Up’s network of over 500 leaders has directly benefited 7 million girls, youth, and women, and advocated for over 100 laws and policies impacting 115 million people in Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and the U.S. Read more about Rise Up's Impact.

Legacy Foundation & Rise Up Partnership

In 2019, Rise Up launched the Gender Equity Initiative (GEI) to advance social justice and improve education, equity and opportunity for girls and women. With efforts globally and in California, focus areas include immigration, healthcare reform, gun violence, education inequality, and poverty.

The Initiative empowers leaders to expand their impact by providing the training, funding, and resources they need to achieve large scale change at local and national levels.

Rise Up selected 20 visionary leaders from the San Francisco Bay Area and Central Valley to participate in an Advocacy & Leadership Accelerator, strengthening their leadership and impact, and investing in their vision to address the challenges facing marginalized girls and women in their communities.

The $20,000 grant from the IWF Northern California Legacy Foundation supports Rise Up’s Gender Equity Initiative (GEI) in California, supporting Bay Area and Central Valley leaders advance social justice and equity for girls and women in California.


How IWF NorCal Members Can Engage

Throughout the year, Rise Up offers several ways for members of the IWF NorCal community to engage (click here): Be sure to save these dates:

If you wish to learn more, please contact any member of the IWF Northern California Legacy Foundation Board.

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