Nathan Cummings Foundation: Grants for Girls and Women

OVERVIEW: The Nathan Cummings Foundation support organizations fighting gender inequality.

IP TAKE: This funder does not award grants for direct services or social services.

PROFILE: Nathan Cummings established the Nathan Cummings Foundation in 1949. Cummings was the founder of Consolidated Foods, which would later become the Sara Lee Corporation. The foundation “[s]eek(s) to build a socially and economically just society that values nature and protects the ecological balance for future generations; promotes humane healthcare; and fosters arts and culture that enriches communities.” Areas of grantmaking interest include climate change, inequality, an inclusive clean economy, racial and economic justice, corporate and political accountability, and the arts.  

Cummings’s inequality grantmaking invests in catalytic work that can potentially “[t]ransform the influence of implicit bias and discrimination that currently exist in our public policy, systems and markets.” Although the foundation does not have a program specifically directed at girls and women’s organizations, its tax filings indicate an interest in this space.

Grant amounts typically range from $20,000 to $250,000. Past grantees include the Economic Policy Institute, which received a grant for its work addressing economic inequality with a focus on women of color; and JOIN for Justice, which received support for its Jewish women leaders of color (JWOC) Resilience Project. To learn more about the types of organizations Cummings supports, explore its grants approved page.

The Nathan Cummings Foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry; however, LOI submissions do not guarantee funding.


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