OVERVIEW: This foundation dedicates itself to empowering women and girls to break down social and economic barriers.
IP TAKE: Channel is a smaller organization in the international human rights funding field. They strictly focus on women’s rights and support a number of initiatives in this funding space.
PROFILE: Established in 1998, the Channel Foundation originally dedicated itself to international organizations working in the fields of poverty and gender equity, biodiversity conservation, protection of indigenous people's land rights and human rights, sustainable economic development, and human rights. Since 2006, however, the foundation has shifted its focus to exclusive support of women and girls in the global human rights space. Its grantmaking is focused on seven areas:
- Advancing Indigenous Women's Rights and Leadership
- Ensuring Women's Participation in Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
- Overcoming Legal Inequality (Including Inheritance and Resource Rights)
- Ending Violence Against Women and Protecting Women Human Rights Defenders
- Promoting Media Reform and Gender Equality
- Securing Reproductive Rights/Justice
- Women's Leadership and Human Rights Institutes
The foundation implements a global strategy foundation-wide, and although it does not have a specific geographic region of focus, it pays particular attention to increasing the dialogue “between activists, educators, and community leaders from the Global South.” Beyond this focus, Channel seeks catalytic women’s human rights organizations that work at the international, national and regional levels.
The foundation's grants range from $20,000 to $25,000; however, a few grants range from $10,000 to $15,000. The foundation accepts proposals by invitation only, and does not accept unsolicited proposals.
- Elaine Nonneman, Founder and Trustee
- Katrin Wilde, Executive Director