It's time to look beyond crisis intervention and set our sights on long-term safety for survivors and their children. The key to this is financial independence.

 

We're BRINGING 500 professional WOMEN TOGETHER TO HELP SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE START THEIR OWN SMALL BUSINESSES and build safe and secure futures for themselves and their children THROUGH FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE, CONFIDENCE AND COMMUNITY.

 

help us unleash the potential that survivors have not just to survive, but to thrive.

BECOME A FOUNDER
 

**FreeFrom is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your donation is 100% tax deductible.

 

FreeFrom is piloting an entrepreneurship program in San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles and New York to help survivors of domestic violence to start their own small businesses.

 

Survivor-entrepreneurs in our program will receive:

 

  • a 10-week course, covering small business basics
     

  • one-on-one business plan counseling
     

  • finance and accounting training
     

  • pro bono startup legal services
     

  • access to individual and group counseling
     

  • a website, logo design and branding support
     

  • community support from other survivors in the program
     

  • mentorship from successful women entrepreneurs
     

  • a stipend to cover travel and childcare
     

  • seed funding to cover their initial startup costs

We need money to run this program but you've got much more to offer than just your donation and we know that.

 

We want survivors to learn from experts, to receive mentorship from other strong, powerful women and to be supported by a community that knows what success feels like and how to help them visualize it and get there.

 

Make a $500 donation today to become a founder and let us know if and how you'd like to donate your time and expertise. here's a few ways to get involved, based on your talents:

 

entrepreneurship and start-up experience

Become a mentor to one of our survivor-entrepreneurs

legal

Provide pro bono legal services to one of our startups

HR, accounting and finance

Help create/teach our finance and accounting for small businesses program

venture capital

Review business plans and provide feedback to survivors and/or advise them on financing options

sales and business development

Help create/teach this piece of our curriculum and set individual goals and strategies for each survivor

website development

Help our survivor-entrepreneurs to establish their online presence

graphic design and branding

Help our survivor-entrepreneurs make a statement to their customers

social media and marketing

Help create/teach this piece of our curriculum and set individual goals and strategies for each survivor

mental health and counseling

Support survivor-entrepreneurs through this process and help them to develop self-care strategies

 

Become A Founder
 

*FreeFrom is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your donation is 100% tax deductible.

 

What is 500Founders?

500Founders is a national campaign bringing together 500 professional women to donate $500 each and lend their expertise to help survivors of domestic violence to build small businesses.

Why should I care about this issue?

1 in 4 women in the US will experience severe domestic violence in their lifetime and the number one reason survivors stay in these abusive situations is because they cannot afford to leave. Survivors often go to a shelter and after a few weeks go right back to their abuser because they have no other way to put a roof over their children's heads. We want to ensure that when a survivor leaves, they don't ever have to go back but instead can move forward towards long-term safety.

Why entrepreneurship? Why not just help survivors to get jobs?

Survivors of domestic violence are often prohibited from working or have a spotty employment record as a result of the abuse they have suffered. Finding employment after they leave is challenging as a result. However, what survivors might lack on their resume they more than make up for in resilience and determination, both core skills to building a business. We'll also be encouraging our survivor-entrepreneurs to provide employment to other survivors, so we'll be helping survivors to get jobs too! 

How will you measure the success of this program?

We'll keep track of how many survivors we are able to support, how much revenue their businesses achieve in the first 2 years, and the impact that has on their lives (e.g. ability to afford stable housing, etc).

I can't afford to donate $500. Can I still get involved?

Yes! Can you group together with other women to hit the $500 or fundraise from family and friends? Contact us at info@freefrom.org and we'll help you brainstorm!

You are piloting the program in CA and NY. I don't live in either state. Can I still be a founder?

Yes! Help us develop the curriculum for our pilot program and after that, help us bring the program to your state!

Doesn't this already exist?

Not yet! But with your help, it will soon.