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We have big, sad news: the BA Women’s Alliance has decided to close its doors.

While closing was a hard decision to make, we believe it’s also the right one. In 2021, we paused programming to evaluate our options. We carefully considered 1) our financial sustainability, 2) staff and board capacity, 3) our impact; and 4) BA’s wishes.

After thoughtful deliberation, we’ve decided to put our mission above our organization. We were established to support women who want to make a difference, and we can’t do that right now. We are not unique. There are other organizations that help women, help interns, and create pipelines for women to enter into the public service sector. Our money could be better used supporting these similar organizations, that have the financial security and capacity to do the work, rather than trying to keep our organization afloat.

Ultimately, we reflected on what BA would want us to do. She told me and her other goddaughters that we should do the most amount of good for as long as possible, whether that was one year, 10 years, or 100 years. It didn’t matter how long it lasted as long as we did good. I can confidently say that we’ve done more than good - we’ve done great things over the last 10 years, empowering more than 100 women. And I believe that our BA community will continue to exist even if our organization does not.

I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished with your support and so grateful that this organization brought us together. We created such a wonderful family and such meaningful friendships. I hope you’re proud too.

As we work towards closing our doors by December 31, 2021, we encourage you all to continue supporting our alumnae and women on their quests to change our world for the better.

Maggie Moore
Co-founder and Board Chair

Frequently Asked Question

Why did we make this decision?

  • While it was a hard decision to make, we believe it’s also the right one. 
  • We based this decision on four things: 1) financial sustainability, 2) staff and board capacity, 3) impact, and 4) BA’s wishes.
  • Financial - We have not been a financially sustainable organization for the last few years. We had recurring contributions from a small but dedicated group of supporters, but the program we created cost more than we were bringing in. 2020 was supposed to be our positive tipping point and it proved to be the opposite. In 2021 we paused programming to rethink our options and after several months it became clear that there weren’t good options to pick from. 
  • Capacity - We lost key staff as well as key board members in 2020 and 2021 which made it difficult to implement programs. Further, it’s difficult to recruit people to join our organization when we don’t have a program to implement. 
  • Impact - We’ve decided to put our mission above our organization. We established the BA Women’s Alliance to provide a small amount of support to women who were looking to change the world. We believe that our money would be more impactful if we gave it to other organizations who have the capacity and the financial sustainability than retrenching and continuing to operate our organization. 
  • BA Rudolph - Ultimately, we reflected on what BA would want us to do. She told her goddaughters that they should do the most amount of good for as long as possible, whether that was one year, 10 years, or 100 years. It didn’t matter how long it lasted as long as they did good. I can confidently say that we’ve done more than good - we’ve done great things over the last 10 years, empowering more than 100 women. And I can also confidently say that our BA community will continue to exist even if our organization does not. 

What happens next?

  • We will use our remaining funds to support nonprofits that also support women. We have not yet picked which ones yet, but we’ll be looking to make grants that help increase the number of underrepresented women in public service (nonprofit and government), especially smaller organizations and those that focus on women of color, LGBTQ, first-generation immigrants including Dreamers, first-generation college-goers, and women with financial need. 

What is the timeline?

  • Our goal is to close by the end of the year. 
  • We hope to celebrate the BA Women’s Alliance and its 10 years of impact the week of February 8, 2022 (BA Rudolph’s birthday). More details to come. 

What does this mean for me as a donor, partnerships or sponsor?

  • What will you do with the donations I’ve made this year?
    • We will use our remaining funds to support nonprofits that also support women. We have not yet picked which ones yet, but we’ll be looking to make grants that help increase the number of underrepresented women in public service (nonprofit and government), especially smaller organizations and those that focus on women of color, LGBTQ, first-generation immigrants including Dreamers, first-generation college-goers, and women with financial need. 
  • Should I cancel my recurring donation?
    • Yes, although we will use any new donations to support like-minded organizations. We will also cancel any recurring donations by December 31, 2021. 
  • Will you provide donation letters for tax purposes? 
    • Yes, we will send letters for any donation of more than $250.
  • Effective immediately, we are shuttering all partnership or sponsorship agreements. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at info(at)bawomensalliance.org

What does this mean for me as an alumna?

  • We will make good on our pledge to support the Black Alumni Fund and support BA alumnae – details forthcoming. 

What does this mean for me as a former applicant?

  • Effective immediately, new applications will not be processed.