OVERVIEW: The Eileen Fisher Foundation supports women-owned businesses and programs aimed at leadership.
IP TAKE: This funder focuses its grantmaking on grassroots and local organizations and businesses.
PROFILE: The Eileen Fisher Foundation is the charitable arm of the fashion house of the same name. Having been around for more than 3o years, the foundation has “recognized the important role grassroots nonprofit organizations play in strengthening” the local communities in which Fisher’s headquarters, retail stores and showrooms are located. The foundation’s grantmaking supports women, business practices with “absolute regard” for human rights, and environmental sustainability.
Fisher’s main grantmaking programs directly related to women and girls are called Women-Owned Businesses and Activating Leadership.
The Women-Owned Businesses program awards grants to innovative, women-owned business that are ready to scale past the start-up phase. Eligible businesses must be majority women-owned (51 percent), have revenues below $1 million, in operation for at least three years, and be “founded on creating environmental and social change.” The minimum grant amount for this program is $10,000. Click here to learn about past Women-Owned Businesses grantees. This program accepts unsolicited grant applications from April to May. The foundation notifies winners in November.
The foundation’s Activating Leadership program seeks organizations that help women and girls “find their voices, build their inner strength and develop the confidence to pursue what really matters.” The minimum grant amount for this program is $5,000. The foundation accepts applications beginning in early summer, typically around the June 1.
- Eileen Fisher, Trustee