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.

Top Funders

ADOBE FOUNDATION

The Adobe Foundation invests in women’s economic empowerment and economic security projects.

ANGELICA FOUNDATION

The Angelica Foundation funds organizations that advocate for women’s rights in Mexico.

CATERPILLAR FOUNDATION

The Caterpillar Foundation supports organizations that alleviate the root causes of poverty.

CHANEL FOUNDATION

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.

CHANNEL FOUNDATION

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.

CIVILIAN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION

The Civilian Research and Development Foundation seeks scientists that address multiple global challenges. The foundation predominantly funds security. It also supports women in science.

J.A. CLARK CHARITABLE TRUST

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.

COCA-COLA FOUNDATION

The Coca-Cola Foundation invests its gender equity grants in women’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurship.

DARIN BUTZ FOUNDATION

The DaRin Butz Foundation invests in organizations that encourage girls and women to pursue careers in science.

EMBREY FAMILY FOUNDATION

The Embrey Family Foundation invests in organizations that bring gender rights and equality to the center of the human rights landscape.

FILIA FOUNDATION

The Filia Foundation awards grants to organizations combatting discrimination against girls and women on multiple levels including sexual orientation, ethnicity and skin color.

FIRELIGHT FOUNDATION

The Firelight Foundation funds organizations that focus on improving the health, education, resilience, and livelihoods of children in select African countries.

EILEEN FISHER FOUNDATION

The Eileen Fisher Foundation focuses its grantmaking on grassroots and local organizations and businesses.

FLORA FAMILY FOUNDATION

The Flora Family Foundation invests in an array of issues, which include women’s advancement.

FOUNDATION FOR A JUST SOCIETY

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: THE YOUNG FEMINIST FUND

FRIDA supports organizations led by women, girls and trans youth who are working as change agents against inequality and oppression.

GAP FOUNDATION

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.

BILL AND MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION

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.

GENERAL SERVICE FOUNDATION

The General Service Foundation invests in reproductive rights, the environment, and peacebuilding.

GEORGE FAMILY FOUNDATION

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.

VIRGINIA GILDERSLEEVE INTERNATIONAL FUND

The Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund funds women’s rights and empowerment organizations in least-developed countries around the world.

GIRLS RIGHTS PROJECT

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.

GLOBAL GREENGRANTS FUND

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 FOUNDATION

Greenbaum invests in animal advocacy, human rights and trafficking, human health, and education organizations.

GROUNDSWELL FUND

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.

HEISING-SIMONS FOUNDATION

The Heising-Simons Foundation seeks rights groups focusing on women and girls, people involved in the criminal justice system, and undocumented communities.

HEXBERG FAMILY FOUNDATION

The Hexberg Family Foundation broadly funds causes that affect girls and women.

HOPE AND GRACE INITIATIVE

The Hope and Grace Initiative funds organizations that address women’s mental health.

WILLIAM AND FLORA HEWLETT FOUNDATION

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.

INTEL FOUNDATION

The Intel Foundation seeks organizations and academic institutions that encourage diversity across technology, engineering and science.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S MEDIA FOUNDATION

The International Women’s Media Foundation makes grants to female journalists that cover underreported matters that are globally significant.

ISABEL ALLENDE FOUNDATION

The Isabel Allende Foundation seeks organizations that empower women, secure their reproductive rights, and protect them from violence.

KATE SPADE AND COMPANY FOUNDATION

The Kate Spade and Company Foundation invests in women’s economic and empowerment organizations.

LALOR FOUNDATION

The Lalor Foundation seeks organizations focusing on young women’s access to sexual and reproductive health information.

LEVI STRAUSS FOUNDATION

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

Mama Cash supports women’s groups that mobilize for the rights of all women, including the most vulnerable.

MARINEAU FAMILY FOUNDATION

The Marineau Family Foundation supports programs that help girls and women live economically secure lives that are free from violence.

MARY KAY FOUNDATION

The Mary Kay Foundation makes grants to organizations and projects that address domestic violence and cancers that predominately affect women.

MATCH INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S FUND

MATCH International supports women, girls and trans organizations around the world. Prioritizes grassroots organizations over larger international organizations.

MS. FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN

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.

MOTOROLA FOUNDATION

The Motorola Solutions Foundation invests in education, public safety, and disaster relief.

NOVO FOUNDATION

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.

JESSIE SMITH NOYES FOUNDATION

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.

OAK FOUNDATION

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.

OATH FOUNDATION

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.

JOAN AND LEWIS PLATT FOUNDATION

The Joan and Lewis Platt Foundation supports organizations promoting economic opportunities in developing countries.

POLLINATION PROJECT

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.

PRBB FOUNDATION

The PRBB Foundation supports women’s empowerment organizations in the United States and abroad.

ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION

The Rockefeller Foundation makes grants to many organizations that address gender equality across global health and development fields.

CHERYL SABAN SELF-WORTH FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS

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.

SALESFORCE FOUNDATION

The Salesforce Foundation seeks organizations improving the representation of women and girls in the technology and STEM sectors.

SCHERMAN FOUNDATION

The Scherman Foundation invests in organizations and projects that support girls and women and advocate for reproductive rights and justice.

SIGRID RAUSING TRUST

U.K.-based Sigrid Rausing Trust supports organizations combating the oppression of women. It supports work in countries known for egregious rights violations.

SUMMIT FOUNDATION

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.

TARA HEALTH FOUNDATION

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 FUND

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

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.

VERIZON FOUNDATION

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.  

VODAFONE AMERICAS FOUNDATION

The Vodafone Americas Foundation supports organizations empowering women and girls in the technology sector, as well as projects and programs protecting them from violence.

WEYERHAEUSER FAMILY FOUNDATION

The Weyerhaeuser Foundation seeks organizations that help girls and women in least developed countries overcome poverty and violence.

WOMEN'S FOUNDATION OF CALIFORNIA

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

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

Women Photograph supports gender nonconforming, transgender, genderqueer and nonbinary photographers.

ZIENTS FAMILY FOUNDATION

The Zients Family Foundation focuses its grantmaking on women’s social and economic empowerment and education.