Kate Spade & Company Foundation: Grants for Girls and Women

OVERVIEW: The Kate Spade and Company Foundation supports women’s economic and empowerment organizations helping to lift women out of poverty.

IP TAKE: This funder awards grants for general operating support, specific projects, direct services, public policy, public awareness, infrastructure, and on occasion, capital needs.

PROFILE: The Kate Spade & Company Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the lifestyle and luxury brand company Kate Spade. The foundation is “committed to providing women with access to the training, tools and access necessary to achieve economic independence,” by “supporting multi-dimensional programs that transition women from underserved communities into successful individuals that inspire the people around them.” The Kate Spade & Company Foundation focuses its grantmaking on three areas: women in entrepreneurship, women in technology, and women in the arts.

The foundation’s women in entrepreneurship grantmaking invests in women-owned business, focusing on those located in New York. The foundation’s women in tech grantmaking focuses on increasing the number of women in the technology workforce and its women in the arts program supports organizations encouraging women to pursue careers in the arts.

The Kate Spade and Company Foundation prioritizes organizations located in New York City’s five boroughs, Hudson County, and New Jersey; however, this funder awards a number of grants to organizations located outside of its geographic priority region. For example, Kiva Microfunds located in San Francisco, California is a past Kate Spade grantee as is Pennsylvania Women Work, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Kate Spade & Company grants vary widely in amount and can range anywhere from $25 to over $150,000. The majority of grants range from $1,000 to $10,000. To learn more about select grantees, explore its featured grants listing.

The foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from February 1 to March 1. Grantees must submit their applications to foudnation@katespade.com.

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