In The News

Promoting equity and inclusion in nonprofits
led by executives of color

The CEO of LifeWay Network urges nonprofit organizations to prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusivity within their leadership structures and philanthropic funders to boost support for nonprofits led by executives of color, which have been historically underfunded and underserved….

Read more by our Executive Director Marion Kendall in Philanthropy News Digest

The importance of funding capacity-building and operating expenses

Restricted funding is a great gift. However, if nonprofits are to truly drive positive change, they need to also have the capacity to carry out their missions.

Without the necessary infrastructure in place, such as staffing—not only direct service staff, but also administrative staff who manage the organization’s finances, operations and funding efforts—we cannot do the essential work that we do.

Read more by our Executive Director Marion Kendall in Philanthropy News Digest

LifeWay Affirms Support for EARN IT Act

As an anti-trafficking advocate, I fully support the recently reintroduced EARN IT Act.1 This strong piece of bipartisan legislation seeks to hold online platforms accountable for the spread of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) and the facilitation of sex trafficking. Learn how this legislation would protect vulnerable populations and why LifeWay stands in firm support of it.


Making the Case for Flexible Funding

LifeWay’s unique model allows for women to heal in their own ways and advocate for their needs, helping to shape the nonprofit’s work along the way. Community-centered nonprofits like LifeWay are credible messengers of the social sector.

Learn how LifeWay’s model defies the strictures of traditional government contracts and foundation grants because its programming is designed around survivors’ healing, not contractual obligations.

Modern-day Slavery

Aired on News12 Westchester

LIfeWay CEO Marion Kendall recently did a news piece with News12 Westchester where a mother of 4 shared her story of modern-day slavery in Westchester. Click here for the first part of the story. Later in the month, there will be a 30-minute special on this topic.

LifeWay Leadership Named New Abolitionists

America has a new generation of 21st century abolitionists, women and men committed to ending human trafficking here in our country and everywhere. The New Abolitionists Campaign teaches that slavery is neither a historical artifact nor something confined to distant lands. We’re so pleased that our leadership, LifeWay founder Sister Joan Dawber and CEO Marion Kendall, have been named New Abolitionists.

The Social and Legal Challenges that Fuel the Trafficking in Women and Children

LIfeWay CEO Marion Kendall speaks to the United Nations

LifeWay CEO Marion Kendall spoke powerfully before the U.N. recently during their meeting on “The Social and Legal Challenges that Fuel the Trafficking in Women and Children.” She walked the panel through how LifeWay Network answers “what next” for survivors; the health impact on survivors; and assisting with healing and safe harbor. Click here to watch the entire U.N. meeting on human trafficking; Marion begins speaking at minute 58.

Art Therapy Workshops Receive Support

LifeWay’s safe housing program is not a shelter — it’s a safe space to heal over the course of a year. And one of the ways that the survivors here heal is through art. The Talitha Kum Network, an international network against human trafficking, helped provide art therapy classes for the women who call LifeWay home.

Community-Centered Work Requires Trust from Funders

LifeWay CEO Marion Kendall in Philanthropy News Digest

Many funders say they value the voices of the community members we serve. But the inflexible, restriction-heavy funding they offer us doesn’t reflect that. Read more about the survivor-centric method that LifeWay employs and why it’s so vital.

Marion Kendall on Psych Up Live

Listen in as LifeWay Executive Director Marion Kendall speaks with Dr. Suzanne Phillips of Psych Up Live about how forced labor and sex trafficking are hiding in plain sight — not just somewhere across the globe, but right here in the U.S.

Where We Go From Here | Episode 12

Marion Kendall, Executive Director, LifeWay Network

Listen to LifeWay Network Executive Director Marion Kendall walk us through how her life experiences have shaped the leader she is today. Learning, listening, and trusting people who share their stories about human trafficking is one of the first steps in fostering change and healing, Kendall says. Kendall believes in the power of empathy and reminds us that one of the greatest indicators of success for organizations like LifeWay Network is seeing the people they serve thrive in their own lives: Where We Go From Here.

What We Can Do With $450,000

Tori Curbelo, Director of Education, Training, and Advocacy LifeWay Network

It costs $450,000 per year to keep one woman jailed in New York City. It’s money – taxpayer dollars – that many agree could be put to better use. So the Nonprofit Finance Fund asked human services organizations that serve women involved in the justice system: What would you do with that money? Tori Curbelo speaks to how the funds can support women survivors of trafficking: What We Can Do With $450,000.

LifeWay Network founder Sister Joan Dawber was recently interviewed on the podcast

“In Good Faith.” Listen to the entire episode here.

Nicky Hilton brings international attention to LifeWay Network with a Daily Mail interview.