OVERVIEW: The Foundation for a Just Society focuses its grantmaking on advancing the rights of women, girls and LGBTQI people.
IP TAKE: This funder’s grantmaking focuses on relationship building, transparency and accountability. The foundation places less importance on measurable results and meeting “narrow grant mandates.”
PROFILE: In 2011, Audrey Simons and a group of like-minded women gathered to “achieve a simple yet ambitious vision: a world without discrimination.” The result of that meeting was the formation of the Foundation for a Just Society. Key grantmaking priorities include advancing the rights of marginalized women, girls and LGBTQI people around the world.
The Foundation for a Just Society supports “innovative, intersectional, grassroots strategies that meet immediate needs while igniting long-term, structural change in communities and regions that have been overlooked by philanthropy.” Areas of grantmaking interest include LGBTQI rights, racial justice, worker’s rights, reproductive justice and immigrant rights.
The Foundation for a Just Society awards both single and multi-year grants for up to three years. Grants range in size from $25,000 to $500,00o per year. Giving is limited to women’s movements in Central America, Francophone West Africa, South and Southeast Asia and the U.S. Southeast. Past grantees include organizations such as the African Women’s Development Fund and 9 to 5 Georgia. Explore the foundation’s grants directory to learn more about its current and past grantees.
The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.
- Audrey Simons, Founder and President
- Jessica Hawrys Postrozny, Vice President
- Deidre Lee, Grants Manager