The San Diego Women’s Foundation announced this summer that it would be making new grant funds available for work to prevent and intervene in human trafficking situations. It’s among the handful of funders focused in this area.
It isn’t just national foundations that are wrestling with issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. Local funders are also engaging more deeply here. A case in point: a recent convening by San Diego Grantmakers.
The Chicago Foundation for Women is a local funder that we follow closely because of its comprehensive approach to gender equity. Here’s how and where this funder has been giving around town lately.
A women’s giving circle in the centrally located small town of Ketchum has been ramping up its giving and has grown to more than 300 members today. Where are grants going?
LeMay has raised $175 million from individuals for causes that are not always so popular. One key to her success, she says, is "radical listening." Which means what, exactly?
As Crown Family Philanthropies moves into its seventh decade of giving, it’s teamed up with the Chicago Foundation for Women and other local funders to step up the fight against domestic violence in its home city.
In a new five-year plan, the Ms. Foundation for Women aims to invest $25 million in organizations led by and for women of color. It is also launching a 501(c)(4) to help amplify this group’s political reach and power.
While most Americans probably haven't heard of the Exelon Corporation, the charitable arm of this Fortune 100 company has been ramping up giving and expanding geographically—including with a recent STEM commitment.
The New York Women's Foundation is often ahead of the curve in the kinds of challenges it takes on. It’s also a believer in participatory grantmaking, and for the first time, recently awarded multiyear grants.
Impact100 Philadelphia, a women’s giving circle in its 10th year, is going full-steam-ahead, with a recent grant round of $387,000. Next up: an effort to engage younger donors.
Many donors are keen to close the workforce gender gap. But this is not so easy to do. A campus gift from a Silicon Valley tech company aims to provide some critical operational guidance.
A recent gift by PepsiCo illustrates several threads weaving through corporate philanthropy right now, with its focus on tackling urban inequities, empowering women, and equipping young people of color for STEM jobs.
The Desai Foundation, founded by an Indian-born techie, started out with traditional grantmaking. But it pivoted to a more hands-on approach that includes fundraising to advance its mission of empowering women.
Women of color are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS and the harsh practices of the criminal justice system. Now, this group is getting new help around these issues from a top funder in California.
While still filming Desperate Housewives, Eva Longoria went back to school to receive a master’s in Chicano Studies. Now, the Eva Longoria Foundation is laser-focused on empowering Latina women. Here’s the backstory.
The secret sauce of giving circles are members who are strongly invested on a personal level in the limited number of grantees chosen each year. A case in point is a SoCal outfit called Hand to Hand.
Backed by a deep-pocketed foundation, the Society of Family Planning is launching new work to make the abortion pill more accessible at a time when abortion clinics are becoming scarcer in many places.
In key respects, the #MeToo movement was made possible by decades of work by women’s funds. Hallmarks of their approach include openness, listening, and participatory grantmaking.
Silicon Valley donors are often dinged for seeking quick fixes to entrenched social problems. So what should we think of a $1 million prize competition that looks to new technology to reduce violence against women?
Violence, exploitation, sexual harassment and other abuses are constant threats to female workers in the global garment industry. Here's the latest initiative by a funder working to shed light on this problem.
The Southwest is another region where women’s foundations are doing well and have some big things going on. We look at funders in Dallas and Tucson.
The Chicago Foundation for Women puts a big emphasis on helping women become financially independent. We look at CFW's latest grants and it's partnerships with other funders around town.
Behind sexual harassment and abuse lies a deep and toxic patriarchy, according to A Call To Men, a group that works with boys and men to change their attitudes—with strong support from key funders.
Could progressive funders finally be getting serious about movement building after years—actually, decades—of giving lip service to this idea while sticking to silo-ized grantmaking? Maybe.
A new study on giving circles shows the networks have tripled in the last decade, and they're including people often left out of institutional philanthropy. America's biggest foundation is cheering on this trend.
Tens of millions of women work in a global garment industry where violence, exploitation and sexual harassment are pervasive problems. A group of funders has been collaborating to help them.
Few national funders focus on domestic violence. Among them is the Allstate Foundation, which seeks to make it easier for women to leave their abusive partners by keying in on the financial issues involved.
The U.S. is one of the few wealthy countries where the rate of women who die from childbirth complications is going up—with women of color more likely to die. The Groundswell Fund wants to do something about that.
We recently sat down with Access Hollywood veteran Shaun Robinson, who has turned to philanthropy with a focus on improving outcomes for young girls.