Philanthropy for girls' and women's causes encompasses multiple funding interests both in the United States and abroad. These include health, human rights, safety, social and economic equality, representation in the arts, and even infrastructure issues related to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).
Women's and girl's issues are receiving attention from an increasing number of funders with a diverse range of interests. Many have modest resources and offer grants in the ballpark of four figures—although some offer grants that run far higher. As more individual funders and foundations bring attention and grant dollars to women's and girl's issues, we will update these profiles with new information. Only paid subscribers can access this resource (subscribe here).
The Adobe Foundation invests in women’s economic empowerment and economic security projects.
The Agua Foundation supports organizations advocating for the rights of marginalized communities.
The Isabel Allende Foundation seeks organizations that empower women, secure their reproductive rights, and protect them from violence.
The Alwaleed Philanthropies does not impose geographic restrictions on its women’s empowerment grantmaking; however, it appears to prioritize organizations working in the Middle East.
The Angelica Foundation funds organizations that advocate for women’s rights in Mexico.
The Arsenault Family Foundation supports female empowerment and inclusion efforts in the United States and abroad.
The Beyond Our Borders Fund invests in girls and women’s organizations, which a led by both women and diverse people from the local community, to inspire "systemic change."
The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation supports girls and women’s causes both in the United States and abroad.
The DaRin Butz Foundation invests in organizations that encourage girls and women to pursue careers in science.
The C&A Foundation funds organizations that address systemic challenges within the apparel industry with a focus on girls and women.
Campbell and Hall Charity Fund invests in girls and women’s organizations based in the United States; however, it prioritizes funding organizations serving or based in Boston. It also awards grants to reproductive health organizations working internationally.
The Caterpillar Foundation funds organizations that alleviate the root causes of poverty.
The Donald and Carole Chaiken Foundation broadly supports women’s organizations across the United States.
In addition to supporting female empowerment through economic, educational and training projects, Chanel also prioritizes giving to cultural events and female artists. It supports emergency projects that affect vulnerable populations, particularly women and children, on a case-by-case basis.
The Channel Foundation (not to be confused with the Chanel Foundation) seeks catalytic women’s human rights organizations on international, national, and regional levels around the globe. Channel supports organizations giving women and girls the knowledge, access, information, resources and training necessary to overcome gender barriers.
The Civilian Research and Development Foundation seeks scientists that address multiple global challenges. The foundation predominantly funds security. It also supports women in science.
The J.A. Clark Charitable Trust invests in girls and women across a variety of empowerment causes. Currently focuses on organizations working in Africa and Asia.
The Coca-Cola Foundation invests its gender equity grants in women’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurship.
The UK-based Cornish Foundation invests in women’s organizations around the world.
The Nathan Cummings Foundation broadly invests in organizations that address gender inequality.
Digital Defenders Partnership focuses its grantmaking on protecting human rights defenders and human rights organizations in the digital space.
The Dobkin Family Foundation invests in women’s organizations across the United States.
The Embrey Family Foundation invests in organizations that bring gender rights and equality to the center of the human rights landscape.
EMpower focuses its grantmaking on improving the lives of at-risk children and young people ages 10 to 24.
The Filia Foundation awards grants to organizations combatting discrimination against girls and women on multiple levels including sexual orientation, ethnicity and skin color.
The Firelight Foundation funds organizations that focus on improving the health, education, resilience, and livelihoods of children in select African countries.
The Eileen Fisher Foundation focuses its grantmaking on grassroots and local organizations and businesses.
The Flora Family Foundation invests in an array of issues, which include women’s advancement.
The Ford Foundation awards grants to organizations combatting inequality of all types.
The Foundation for a Just Society focuses its grantmaking on advancing the rights of women, girls and LGBTQI people. Grantmaking focuses on relationship building, transparency and accountability.
FRIDA supports organizations led by women, girls and trans youth who are working as change agents against inequality and oppression.
The Fund for Global Human Rights awards grants to organizations working in North Africa, Latin America, South Asia, Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
The Fund for Nonviolence invests in social change organizations across the country.
The Gap Foundation invests in organizations that help transform the lives of girls and women around the world through skills-building, technical training, and healthcare.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation supports a variety of issues related to girls and women, which range from women's reproductive health to economic well-being.
The David Geffen Foundation supports a range of girls and women’s organizations across the United States.
The foundation’s awards grants support girls and women’s organizations across the United States.
The General Service Foundation invests in reproductive rights, the environment, and peacebuilding.
While the George Family Foundation is still developing its women-related grantmaking, it has invested in women’s rights and empowerment, leadership, and anti-sex trafficking causes.
The Wallace and Alexander Gerbode Foundation’s grants related to girls and women largelly center on reproductive health and rights.
The Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund funds women’s rights and empowerment organizations in least-developed countries around the world.
The Girls Rights Project supports organizations working in the fields of education, anti-trafficking, ending the practice of female genital mutilation/cutting, and locating missing girls.
The Global Fund for Women supports organizations that work towards women’s economic and political rights, as well as their right to be free from violence.
The Global Greengrants Fund supports organizations that amplify women’s voices to bring increased global attention to rights issues. This small grantmaker focuses its funding energies on grassroots groups nearly exclusively.
Global Health Education, Training and Services seeks community-based women’s empowerment and health organizations.
Greenbaum invests in animal advocacy, human rights and trafficking, human health, and education organizations.
The Groundswell Fund supports grassroots groups fighting for the reproductive rights of women of color, low-income white women, and transgender people in the United States.
The Grove Foundation’s grantmaking related to girls and women tend to focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights. The foundation also supports anti-domestic violence organizations.
The Gruber Family Foundation supports organizations empowering girls and women and those fighting for women’s rights.
The Heising-Simons Foundation seeks rights groups focusing on women and girls, people involved in the criminal justice system, and undocumented communities.
The Hexberg Family Foundation broadly funds causes that affect girls and women.
The Hill-Snowdon Foundation’s grants related to girls and women typically go to support community organizing and gender equality in the workplace.
The Hope and Grace Initiative funds organizations that address women’s mental health.
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation invests in organizations and projects that benefit girls and women, advocate for improved policymaking, ensure women have the right to earn a living and plan a family, and grow civic participation.
The Intel Foundation seeks organizations and academic institutions that encourage diversity across technology, engineering and science.
The International Women’s Media Foundation makes grants to female journalists that cover underreported matters that are globally significant.
The Violet Jabara Charitable Trust focuses its women’s empowerment grants on the Middle East.
The Jochnick Foundation seeks organizations empowering women and girls around the world, prioritizing least-developed and developing countries.
The Kate Spade and Company Foundation invests in women’s economic and empowerment organizations.
The Kendeda Fund dedicates its grants to girls and women to ending child marriage in South Asia.
The Kimberly-Clark Foundation’s grants to girls and women’s empowerment causes are often substantial; however, the foundation does not award many such grants each year.
The Kresge Foundation supports women and girls organizations working in low-income areas of major cities across the United States.
Kvinna till Kvinna supports women’s empowerment and rights organizations working in regions affected by conflict including Central and West Africa, the Middle East, the South Caucasus and the Western Balkans.
The Lalor Foundation seeks organizations focusing on young women’s access to sexual and reproductive health information.
The Leon Levy Foundation awards grants to organizations that support women’s rights and gender equality.
The Levi Strauss Foundation funds organizations that advance the rights and well-being of apparel workers in places where Levi’s products are made.
The Max and Anna Levinson Foundation seeks organizations fighting for justice for the most vulnerable and marginalized populations in the U.S. and abroad.
The Libra Foundation funds women’s rights organizations across the United States.
The Reva and David Logan Foundation broadly supports girls and women’s organizations through grantmaking across the United States.
Mama Cash supports women’s groups that mobilize for the rights of all women, including the most vulnerable.
The Marineau Family Foundation supports programs that help girls and women live economically secure lives that are free from violence.
The Mary Kay Foundation makes grants to organizations and projects that address domestic violence and cancers that predominately affect women.
Mary’s Pence seeks grassroots groups combating violence against women and girls.
MATCH International supports women, girls and trans organizations around the world. Prioritizes grassroots organizations over larger international organizations.
Seeks organizations that address broad policy changes for women’s rights. It invests in women’s health, safety and economic justice. It also supports capacity building and offers a journalism-based fellowship.
The Mize Family Foundation funds organizations that promote global environmental justice, social justice, and gender equality.
The Moriah Fund invests in organizations that combat gender inequality and those which support sexual and reproductive health rights.
The Morrison & Foerster Foundation supports local, national, and international organizations conducting work on behalf of girls and women.
The Motorola Solutions Foundation invests in education, public safety, and disaster relief.
The Stewart R. Mott Foundation funds girls and women’s organizations that have a national focus rather than a regional or grassroots profile.
The New Venture Funds supports girls and women’s organizations across the United States that fund a wide-variety of women's issues, from women's empowerment to maternal health.
The NoVo Foundation invests in organizations ending violence against women and girls, seeking long-term policy change, and advocating for economic justice. Offers both project-specific and general operating support grants.
The Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation seeks organizations that protect and expand access to reproductive health services and information for girls and women. Prefers to make general support grants rather than project-specific grants, and encourages requests for funding to address multiple priority issues.
The Oak Foundation, founded by billionaire Duty Free Shoppers co-founder Alan Parker, invests in organizations that take a human rights-based approach to women's issues.
The Oath Foundation, formerly the AOL Charitable Foundation, seeks organizations empowering tomorrow’s world leaders and increasing access to education and technology in underserved populations.
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation supports work related to women’s empowerment and sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Peace Development Fund awards grants to community-based organizations in the United States, Haiti and Mexico.
The PepsiCo Foundation funds a range of women’s and girls’ organizations across the United States and the globe.
The PIMCO Foundation seeks gender equality programs that empower women and girls through a long-term approach to economic and financial empowerment.
The Joan and Lewis Platt Foundation supports organizations promoting economic opportunities in developing countries.
The Pollination Project supports projects that align with its compassion consciousness philosophy. In the girls and women grantmaking space, the foundation seeks organizations fighting for social change and improving their communities.
The PRBB Foundation supports women’s empowerment organizations in the United States and abroad.
The Prospect Hill Foundation’s current grantmaking related to girls and women focuses on reproductive health and justice.
The Joseph and Florence Roblee Foundation funds girls' and women's empowerment efforts.
The Rockefeller Foundation makes grants to many organizations that address gender equality across global health and development fields.
The Samuel Rubin Foundation funds women’s rights and gender equality nonprofit organizations that work in the United States and abroad.
The Cheryl Saban Self-Worth Foundation supports a wide variety of projects and programs aimed at women and girls. This foundation currently supports organizations in New York, London, Israel, Illinois, Florida, Colorado, Texas, Utah and California.
The Salesforce Foundation seeks organizations improving the representation of women and girls in the technology and STEM sectors.
The Scherman Foundation invests in organizations and projects that support girls and women and advocate for reproductive rights and justice.
The Skees Family Foundation focuses its grantmaking related to women and girls on education and rights.
U.K.-based Sigrid Rausing Trust supports organizations combating the oppression of women. It supports work in countries known for egregious rights violations.
The Summit Foundation supports organizations that advocate for reproductive, economic, social and educational rights of marginalized girls. It also encourages collaboration among grantees in both the private and public sectors.
The Surdna Foundation does not have a grantmaking program specifically directed toward girls and women; however, its programs award many grants in this space.
The Tara Health Foundation predominantly seeks organizations that improve women's and girls' health. The majority of the Tara Foundation’s funding comes in the form of investments rather than grants.
Third Wave supports organizations combating transphobia, homophobia and other forms of oppression. It seeks youth-led organizations that focus on the rights of women of color, trans, intersex, non-binary, gender nonconforming and queer youth of color.
Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights focuses its grantmaking on women’s rights and transgender rights. This funder seeks to effect systemic change with its responsive and flexible funding approach.
The Visa Foundation focuses its grantmaking on helping micro and small enterprises succeed.
The Verizon Foundation takes a broad approach to women and girls-related grantmaking. As a result, it invests in a variety of organizations dedicated to women and girls; however, it's giving emphasizes domestic violence prevention and education.
The Vodafone Americas Foundation supports organizations empowering women and girls in the technology sector, as well as projects and programs protecting them from violence.
The Wallace Global Fund supports progressive organizations fighting for women’s rights in the United States and around the world.
The Weissberg Foundation supports girls’ and women’s organizations with annual budgets of $2.5 million or less.
The Wells Fargo Foundation invests in local, regional, and national girls and women’s organizations.
The Weyerhaeuser Foundation seeks organizations that help girls and women in least developed countries overcome poverty and violence.
The Woodcock Foundation’s girls and women’s grants focus largely on gender equality efforts in the United States and around the world.
The Women’s Foundation of California seeks organizations that strengthen women’s rights and economic well-being. This funder supports local, grassroots and statewide women’s groups.
Women in Film offers scholarships, grants, and film finishing funds to female filmmakers around the country. This funder supports long and short film formats in many genres.
Women Photograph supports gender nonconforming, transgender, genderqueer and nonbinary photographers.
The Zients Family Foundation focuses its grantmaking on women’s social and economic empowerment and education.