The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota has named Kalice Allen '17 as its new Wenda Weekes Moore Intern. This position is a one-year internship for women of color. Allen will support the Program and Development teams at the Women’s Foundation, and will spend one month at the Kellogg Foundation during summer 2017. A native of St. Paul, Allen is a senior at St. Catherine University, majoring in public health.
The Women’s Foundation established the Wenda Weekes Moore Internship in 2015. In tandem with its Reatha Clark King Fellowship program, the internship is aimed at creating a pathway to leadership in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors for women of color. To date (2002-2016), the Women’s Foundation has engaged 34 women of color in the program.
National studies by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Nonprofit Leadership Alliance show that while approximately 60 percent of nonprofits serve people of color, only 18 percent of nonprofit employees are people of color and just 10 percent of nonprofits are led by people of color. In 2002, the Women’s Foundation launched the Internship & Fellowship Program in response to the overall lack of women of color in philanthropy and nonprofit leadership. Through the program, the Women’s Foundation provides intense, focused training and professional development for interns and fellows in all aspects of its operations, including evaluation, fundraising, grantmaking, and administration.
“We are thrilled to welcome Kalice to the Women’s Foundation as our new Wenda Weekes Moore Intern,” said Lee Roper-Batker, president and CEO, Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. “Overall, the program has proven its effectiveness to build a pipeline of emerging women leaders of color and strengthen multi-cultural competency in philanthropy. A majority of program participants have advanced to careers in leadership within nonprofits and government agencies in the United States and abroad.”