From Elana's Desk

Dear SRE Network Community and Friends:

September 20, 2022 — Rooted in our shared commitment to safety, respect, and equity-for all, SRE Network inspires meaningful change in workplaces and communal spaces by bringing people together to address gender-based harassment, discrimination, and inequity, using an intersectional lens of gender justice. This year, we focused on deepening our work with the nearly 160 member organizations from across North America, representing thousands of employees, lay leaders, volunteers and community members, who have made a commitment to safety, respect and equity, through joining SRE Network and engaging in our SRE Standards Self-Assessment, learning programs and grant opportunities. We know that our work takes not only a commitment, but time and sustained effort, and so often the progress made occurs behind the scenes.

As we move through the Hebrew month of Elul and prepare for the New Year ahead, we can’t help but reflect on our accomplishments. From our 2022 Convening that engaged over 200 participants from 128 organizations; to growing our network to 158 member organizations with over 80% already renewed for another year; to the $775,000 in grants we already awarded in 2022 with an additional $425,000 to be distributed later this year, bringing our total 2022 grantmaking to $1.2M.

We launched season 2 of Just Leading, the collaborative podcast I co-lead with Gali Cooks of Leading Edge and Ilana Kaufman of Jews of Color Initiative. We held monthly learning sessions on zoom, updated our resource pages, and made connections among members so that they can be resources for each other. We also introduced new social media features to highlight and spotlight the incredible work of our grantees, members, advisory board members, and funders.

We are inspired by the words of our Network members, grantees, and community leaders as they affirm how SRE’s existence and continued growth supported them. A grantee and member shared:

We hope you feel supported by the Network, and we invite you to share both your successes and challenges on this journey.

This has been an exciting year of growth as we move forward the work of both gender equity and creating safe, respectful, equitable workplaces for all. We could not do this work without our advisory board, community leaders, and partners. We are especially grateful to our funders:

Aviv Foundation
Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies
Crown Family Philanthropies
Dobkin Family Foundation
The Diane and Guilford Glazer Foundation
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

Jim Joseph Foundation
The Klarman Family Foundation
Leichtag Foundation
Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah
One8 Foundation
Righteous Persons Foundation
Russell Berrie Foundation

We look forward to continuing this work in 5783. Shana tova!

In partnership,
Elana Wien, Executive Director

SRE Team
Guila Benchimol
Rachel Faulkner
Nancy Kaufman
Shaina Wasserman
Samantha Weil
Archie Wilson

Advisory Board
Lisa Eisen (chair)
Robert Bank
Aaron Dorfman
Tiffany Harris
Idit Klein
Danielle Natelson
Gamal Palmer
Charlene Seidle

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