Posted on November 15, 2012 Issues: Connecting the Issues

(Washington, D.C.) A $6 million gift from the Nokomis Foundation of Grand Rapids, Mich., to the National Women’s Law Center’s (NWLC) endowment will enable the Center to sustain and build on its 40-year history of working to improve the lives of women and their families. The gift was announced last night during NWLC’s 40th anniversary Annual Dinner in Washington, D.C.

“We are thrilled to receive this gift, which will ensure that the Center will be able to continue expanding the possibilities for women and their families for years to come,” said NWLC Co-President Nancy Duff Campbell. “Women and girls across the nation will benefit from the Nokomis Foundation’s support and generosity.”

Added NWLC Co-President Marcia D. Greenberger, “The Center thanks the Foundation and its founder and chair, Mary Caroline (Twink) Frey, for this gift, which will be vital to sustaining the Center’s work. We are so grateful to the Nokomis Foundation for its confidence in the Center in the years ahead.”

The Nokomis Foundation has invested in the Center because of the clear alignment between the Center’s work and the Foundation’s mission of creating a stronger voice and greater opportunity for women and families.  In selecting NWLC for a Nokomis Legacy gift, Frey sought a partner to continue the fight to empower women, which she began more than 20 years ago when she established the Foundation.

“This partnership was an obvious choice for us,” said Frey. “The National Women’s Law Center and Nokomis are working toward the same values of diversity, inclusiveness, creating opportunities for women in civic affairs, and creating the conditions for women to be economically self-sufficient, strong and empowered.”

The Center has worked to improve the lives of women and families since 1972.  The Nokomis Foundation’s gift will provide general support for the Center’s programs, which include family economic security, education and employment opportunities, and health and reproductive rights.

The Nokomis Foundation also supported the NWLC’s new This Is Personal campaign. This Is Personal is a campaign to empower, educate and activate women across the country to protect women’s reproductive health care. The campaign is equipping women with the facts and tools they need to talk to their friends, write to their elected officials, and make a difference.