WIL of Greater Philadelphia brings together women from diverse backgrounds who are committed to empowering women in developing countries. Members contribute their time, knowledge and funds to support a broad array of projects — village banks, training programs, artisanal collectives, education and health initiatives – that raise women’s economic and social status, promote self-determination, and help women become community leaders.
WIL members strive to educate themselves and others about the challenges to women’s empowerment. Regular meetings in Philadelphia provide members with the opportunity to learn about women’s global issues and develop solutions to the challenges women face. WIL also organizes group travel to communities where WIL-supported projects are located.
WIL is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation organization.
THE WIL STORY: EMPOWERING WOMEN GLOBALLY
WIL was founded in 2007 by Linda Resnick, Bobbie Gohn and Terri Gelberg, who shared a passion for women’s empowerment and making a difference in people’s life. WIL has grown - we are now a group of 100 diverse women leaders in business, academia and other professions in the Philadelphia area focused on improving the status of women globally. We share a vision that women and their families around the world will one day become safe, healthy, self-supporting and educated leaders in their own communities.
Offer programs that educate our members on international women’s issues
Provide microfinance loans to women worldwide through village banks
Identify and promote small, grassroots women's organizations and provide grants to support their work
Take educational and service trips to destinations where we have funded village banks
Provide service projects to groups that support Philadelphia’s refugee community and organizations that fund international women’s services.
WIL has improved the lives of thousands of women worldwide
WIL has now funded 20 village banks in 16 countries
As of 2018, we have supported over 50 education, health, economic, and social development projects by grass roots organizations in more than 20 countries to empower girls and women around the world.
WIL sponsors a yearly grant program to further the work of respected International NGOs focused on contributing to women’s empowerment
WIL Governing Board and Committee Chairs
2020-2021 Program Year
Anna Maria DiDio
Immediate Past President
Programs - Education
Marketing and Development
Pat Foell, Irish Olynyk
Madeleine Champion, Mary Kahn
Renee Brandon, Cheryl Weiss
Carole Cohn, Adrienne Mendell
Clare Kahn Mozes
Emeritus - Founders
Terri Gelberg, Linda Resnick
Loretta Raider, Caroline Wischmann