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). 

Funders

ADOBE FOUNDATION

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

AGUA FUND

The Agua Foundation supports organizations advocating for the rights of marginalized communities.  

ALWALEED PHILANTHROPIES

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.

ANGELICA FOUNDATION

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

ARSENAULT FAMILY FOUNDATION

The Arsenault Family Foundation supports female empowerment and inclusion efforts in the United States and abroad.

BEYOND OUR BORDERS FUND

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."

SUSAN THOMPSON BUFFETT FOUNDATION

The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation supports girls and women’s causes both in the United States and abroad.

DARIN BUTZ FOUNDATION

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

BUSHROD H. CAMPBELL AND ADAH F. HALL CHARITY FUND

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. 

CATERPILLAR FOUNDATION

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

DONALD AND CAROLE CHAIKEN FOUNDATION

The Donald and Carole Chaiken Foundation broadly supports women’s organizations across the United States.

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.

EVAN CORNISH FOUNDATION

The UK-based Cornish Foundation invests in women’s organizations around the world.

NATHAN CUMMINGS FOUNDATION

The Nathan Cummings Foundation broadly invests in organizations that address gender inequality.

DIGITAL DEFENDERS PARTNERSHIP

Digital Defenders Partnership focuses its grantmaking on protecting human rights defenders and human rights organizations in the digital space.

DOBKIN FAMILY FOUNDATION

The Dobkin Family Foundation invests in women’s organizations across the United States.

EMBREY FAMILY FOUNDATION

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

EMERGING MARKETS FOUNDATION (EMPOWER)

EMpower focuses its grantmaking on improving the lives of at-risk children and young people ages 10 to 24.

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.

FORD FOUNDATION

The Ford Foundation awards grants to organizations combatting inequality of all types.

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.

FUND FOR GLOBAL HUMAN RIGHTS

The Fund for Global Human Rights awards grants to organizations working in North Africa, Latin America, South Asia, Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

FUND FOR NONVIOLENCE

The Fund for Nonviolence invests in social change organizations across the country.

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 variety of issues related to girls and women, which range from women's reproductive health to economic well-being.

DAVID GEFFEN FOUNDATION

The David Geffen Foundation supports a range of girls and women’s organizations across the United States.

GENERAL MOTORS FOUNDATION

The foundation’s awards grants support girls and women’s organizations across the United States.  

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.

WALLACE ALEXANDER GERBODE

The Wallace and Alexander Gerbode Foundation’s grants related to girls and women largelly center on reproductive health and rights.

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 FUND FOR WOMEN

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.

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.

GLOBAL HEALTH EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND SERVICES

Global Health Education, Training and Services seeks community-based women’s empowerment and health organizations.

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.

GROVE FOUNDATION

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.

GRUBER FAMILY FOUNDATION

The Gruber Family Foundation supports organizations empowering girls and women and those fighting for women’s rights.

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.

HILL-SNOWDON FOUNDATION

The Hill-Snowdon Foundation’s grants related to girls and women typically go to support community organizing and gender equality in the workplace.

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.

VIOLET JABARA CHARITABLE TRUST

The Violet Jabara Charitable Trust focuses its women’s empowerment grants on the Middle East.

JOCHNICK FOUNDATION

The Jochnick Foundation seeks organizations empowering women and girls around the world, prioritizing least-developed and developing countries. 

KATE SPADE AND COMPANY FOUNDATION

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

KENDEDA FUND

The Kendeda Fund dedicates its grants to girls and women to ending child marriage in South Asia.

KIMBERLY-CLARK FOUNDATION

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. 

KVINNA TILL KVINNA FOUNDATION

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.

LALOR FOUNDATION

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

LEON LEVY FOUNDATION

The Leon Levy Foundation awards grants to organizations that support women’s rights and gender equality. 

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. 

MAX AND ANNA LEVINSON FOUNDATION

The Max and Anna Levinson Foundation seeks organizations fighting for justice for the most vulnerable and marginalized populations in the U.S. and abroad.

LIBRA FOUNDATION

The Libra Foundation funds women’s rights organizations across the United States.

REVA AND DAVID LOGAN FOUNDATION

The Reva and David Logan Foundation broadly supports girls and women’s organizations through grantmaking across the United States.

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.

MARY'S PENCE

Mary’s Pence seeks grassroots groups combating violence against women and girls.

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.

MIZE FAMILY FOUNDATION

The Mize Family Foundation funds organizations that promote global environmental justice, social justice, and gender equality.

MORIAH FUND

The Moriah Fund invests in organizations that combat gender inequality and those which support sexual and reproductive health rights.

MORRISON & FOERSTER FOUNDATION

 The Morrison & Foerster Foundation supports local, national, and international organizations conducting work on behalf of girls and women.

MOTOROLA FOUNDATION

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

STEWART R. MOTT FOUNDATION

The Stewart R. Mott Foundation funds girls and women’s organizations that have a national focus rather than a regional or grassroots profile.  

NEW VENTURE FUND

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.

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 human 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.

DAVID AND LUCILE PACKARD FOUNDATION

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation supports work related to women’s empowerment and sexual and reproductive health and rights.

PEACE DEVELOPMENT FUND

Peace Development Fund awards grants to community-based organizations in the United States, Haiti and Mexico.

PEPSICO FOUNDATION

The PepsiCo Foundation funds a range of women’s and girls’ organizations across the United States and the globe.

PIMCO FOUNDATION

The PIMCO Foundation seeks gender equality programs that empower women and girls through a long-term approach to economic and financial empowerment.

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.

PROSPECT HILL FOUNDATION

The Prospect Hill Foundation’s current grantmaking related to girls and women focuses on reproductive health and justice.

JOSEPH AND FLORENCE ROBLEE FOUNDATION

The Joseph and Florence Roblee Foundation funds girls' and women's empowerment efforts.

ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION

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

SAMUEL RUBIN FOUNDATION

The Samuel Rubin Foundation funds women’s rights and gender equality nonprofit organizations that work in the United States and abroad.

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.

SKEES FAMILY FOUNDATION

The Skees Family Foundation focuses its grantmaking related to women and girls on education and rights.

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.

SURDNA FOUNDATION

The Surdna Foundation does not have a grantmaking program specifically directed toward girls and women; however, its programs award many grants in this space.  

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.

VISA FOUNDATION

The Visa Foundation focuses its grantmaking on helping micro and small enterprises succeed.

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.

WALLACE GLOBAL FUND

The Wallace Global Fund supports progressive organizations fighting for women’s rights in the United States and around the world.  

WELLS FARGO FOUNDATION

The Wells Fargo Foundation invests in local, regional, and national girls and women’s organizations.

WEYERHAEUSER FAMILY FOUNDATION

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

WOODCOCK FOUNDATION

The Woodcock Foundation’s girls and women’s grants focus largely on gender equality efforts in the United States and around the world.  

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.