Your Money at Work
Small Gifts. Big Impact!
We are a small non-profit, which means that you will be able to see firsthand the impact of your involvement on our organization. Even a small gift has a mighty impact!
Below, we’ve offered an example of two giving levels that are affordable for you and make a big difference for us. Whether you are able to donate $35 to sponsor an EWI artist’s membership or $50 to contribute twenty percent of an Entrepreneur Training for Success Program scholarship, we thank you for your support and all that you do to keep our programs going!
Enable a low-income immigrant or refugee woman in your community to enroll in self-sufficiency programs.
- Case management and career/business assessment
- Comprehensive career readiness plan
- Income generating activities through EWI’s micro-enterprise program
- Opportunity to present/sell art to established venues and targeted audiences
- Participation in service and educational programs
- Market linkages and marketing assistance
- Job links and referrals
Contribute to a scholarship for business and career readiness courses for a low-income immigrant or refugee woman in your community.
- Intensive training courses of 4-6 weeks with classes lasting 2.5 hours
- Presentation, networking and marketing skills
- Job readiness skills: resume building, biography and job interview skills
- One-on-one coaching and mentoring with career professionals and entrepreneurs
- Product development, market readiness and marketing plan
- Legal and financial knowledge for running small business
- Referrals and follow-up
- Continued professional development and support for graduates
What We Have Accomplished
Each year, EWI trains, presents and gives access to the market to more than 200 immigrant and refugee women each year. Artists serve, teach and present art in schools and in community organizations.
Since 2002, EWI has empowered and served more than 2,500 women. EWI entrepreneur graduates have launched 152 micro-businesses, of which 70% are still in operation. EWI was recognized as “one of the best small charities in the DC Metro area” by the Catalogue for Philanthropy 2012-2013.
Students graduate from the ETS program by fulfilling the rigorous graduation requirements. EWI graduates surveyed reported the following:
- 100% launched their business on or before graduation
- 100% developed a vetted, actionable business plan
- 58% stated that they had increased their production level
- 49% increased their income through product sales or employment
In addition to the economic business impact, EWI micro-entrepreneurs create healthy and sustainable communities by becoming productive and engaged members of our community as substantiated by EWI’s Impact Report 2012:
- 70% are a better role model to their children/family
- 57% saw their children enroll in college or specialized school
- 90% volunteered with a local organization
- 83% donated money or goods to charitable organizations
- 35% served in a leadership role in non-profits, school PTAs or associations