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.
The Adobe Foundation invests in women’s economic empowerment and economic security projects.
The Angelica Foundation funds organizations that advocate for women’s rights in Mexico.
The Caterpillar Foundation supports organizations that alleviate the root causes of poverty.
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 DaRin Butz Foundation invests in organizations that encourage girls and women to pursue careers in science.
The Embrey Family Foundation invests in organizations that bring gender rights and equality to the center of the human rights landscape.
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 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 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 wide variety of issues related to girls and women, which range from women's reproductive health to economic well-being.
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 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 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.
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 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 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 Isabel Allende Foundation seeks organizations that empower women, secure their reproductive rights, and protect them from violence.
The Kate Spade and Company Foundation invests in women’s economic and empowerment organizations.
The Lalor Foundation seeks organizations focusing on young women’s access to sexual and reproductive health information.
The Levi Strauss Foundation funds organizations that advance the rights and well-being of apparel workers in places where Levi’s products are made.
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.
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 Motorola Solutions Foundation invests in education, public safety, and disaster relief.
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 humans 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 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 Rockefeller Foundation makes grants to many organizations that address gender equality across global health and development fields.
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.
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 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 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 Weyerhaeuser Foundation seeks organizations that help girls and women in least developed countries overcome poverty and violence.
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.