OVERVIEW: Channel seeks catalytic women’s human rights organizations on international, national, and regional levels around the globe.
IP TAKE: Channel supports organizations giving women and girls the knowledge, access, information, resources and training necessary to overcome gender barriers.
PROFILE: A champion of social justice initiatives for decades, philanthropist Elaine Nonneman established the Channel Foundation in 1998. From 1998 to 2005, the foundation focused its support on population, poverty and gender equity, biodiversity conservation, indigenous people's land rights, sustainable economic development, indigenous people's rights, and human rights. Beginning in 2006, Channel took a new strategic direction, exclusively promoting women’s human rights around the world. The Channel Foundation “promotes leadership in women's human rights around the globe by supporting organizations engaged in combating gender inequality.”
Channel grantmaking programs are wide reaching and focused on women almost exclusively. Past grantees include Cultural Survival, which received a grant for its Strengthening Indigenous Women in Leadership in Community Radio program. The Global Fund for Women is also a past grantee. It received multiple awards over the years, including a grant supporting women-led initiatives in the Middle East and North Africa. The majority of awards are for between $20,000 and $25,000. To learn more about the organizations Channel supports, explore its grantee partners page.
The Channel Foundation makes grants by invitation only and does not accept unsolicited proposals or requests for funding.
- Musimbi Kanyoro, President and CEO, Kenya/USA
- Clare Winterton, Vice President of Programs and Integration
- Rufaro Kangai, Director of Programs
- Zahra Vieneuve, Program Director, Freedom from Violence
- Siri Svanoe, Program Manager, Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights
- Sangeeta Chowdhry, Program Director, Economic and Political Empowerment