A new study of more than 200 U.S. women’s foundations and funds shows this ecosystem hasn’t just been growing, it’s also becoming more inclusive and getting better at collaborating and using research to drive grantmaking.
Foundations have scored some notable successes in expanding access to contraception and reducing unwanted pregnancies. The latest such effort taking flight is focused on Missouri, where a local health funder is backing a $20 million initiative.
Giving circles that mobilize money from African-American communities for work that benefits these communities is on the rise. One example is Sisters’ Circle GKC in Kansas City, which has been growing since its creation in 2016.
Participatory grantmaking is gaining steam in the U.S. as an alternative to top-down funding strategies. But it’s also being explored overseas—including by an international funders collaborative looking to empower teenage girls to be leaders in civil society.
While there’s no shortage of tech, corporate and institutional funders providing support to boost gender equity in STEM across higher ed, we see few gifts flowing from female alumnae engineers. A gift to UCLA is an exception worth looking at more closely.
Students in San Diego schools are at risk of encountering or experiencing human trafficking. A new private-public collaborative seeks to help teachers and children take on this devastating issue.
Women are the fastest-growing segment of incarcerated people in America. And for those stuck in Gotham’s notorious island jail, the hardships can be extreme. The New York Women’s Foundation and its Justice Fund partners are trying to change that.
Sheila Katz, who struggled for four years to get mega-philanthropist held accountable for his sexual harassment, was recently named the new president of the National Council of Jewish Women. Where’s NCJW heading? And who are its funders?
More funders are getting behind the idea that men need to champion and support gender equity. A recent grant from the Chevron Corp. will fund a top nonprofit’s growing work to engage “men as change agents” in the workplace.
Can role models inspire girls to push into STEM fields that have historically been dominated by men? A successful female entrepreneur who’s now focused on philanthropy is betting big that the answer is “yes.”
Translating early energy and activism into long-term change is a persistent challenge of social movements. A major new funding collaborative seeks to keep the momentum of #MeToo alive with millions in grants to challenge workplace harassment.
NoVo has long been a leader in the fight against sex trafficking. Now, with a new grantmaking program, the foundation is looking to close on-ramps and create exit ramps for the girls and women involved in trafficking and the sex trade within the U.S.
While sex work or trafficking occasionally make headlines, sex workers and their rights have been largely ignored by the public and by philanthropy. But new funding movements, giving circles, and collaboratives are seeking to change that.
The real estate heiress and former reading teacher Ann Friedman had a dream to open a museum of language in D.C., and it’s now under construction. Friedman tells us how this project emerged and who—besides herself—is putting up the money.
The international Jewish teen organization BBYO recently landed its largest gift ever from the Chicago industrialist Ted Perlman and his wife Harriette. The donation is another sign of rising interest in empowering girls and the backstory here goes back decades.
Around the globe, grassroots women’s organizations struggle to find adequate funding and build capacity. The MATCH International Women’s Fund is trying to change that, connecting small and fledgling organizations with hesitant funders.
The IT company Cognizant launched a foundation last year as part of its efforts to bolster STEM skills in the U.S. It recently started grantmaking and appointed an executive director. A focus on girls and women has figured prominently in its early moves.
The giving circle movement has been growing fast in recent years, drawing in new kinds of donors. A case in point is an effort on the South Side of Chicago that describes itself as a “fierce group of women paving a path of investment into women-of-color-led community initiatives.”
The Ann Bancroft Foundation in Minnesota was founded by an accomplished polar explorer and has a novel girl-focused grantmaking model. How does it help young people access diverse new experiences, and how is it evolving in 2019?
Dining for Women is an intriguing example of a giving circle with a wide reach. Thanks to its chapter dinners, it has granted millions to women and girls in developing countries. We hear about DFW’s giving model from several members of its team.
After more than 20 years of anonymity, the funder of a coveted set of grants for older women artists revealed her identity last year. What inspires her giving—and why did she decide to finally step forward publicly?
The Vermont Women’s Fund aims to help girls and women reach their full potential. Its priorities and recent grants echo women’s funding trends across the U.S., including a new effort to “draw men into the conversation about gender equity.”
Micron Technology typically isn’t mentioned in the same breath as Google, Microsoft, or Intel, but when it comes to boosting gender parity and diversity in the STEM field, its giving arm punches well above its weight.
The Dallas Women’s Foundation, founded in 1985, was a pioneer in women’s philanthropy. Now, it’s transforming itself into a statewide operation at a time when Texas is awash in wealth and women are playing a growing leadership role in philanthropy.
To increase giving to their cause, charities should inform existing and potential donors about what others are contributing, according to new research. But gender can play a key role in influencing this psychological dynamic.
Male leaders: Curious about how to promote gender equity? The Chicago Foundation for Women lays out a roadmap through its Champions of Change program, and it’s looking for local participants.
Private equity star Jean-Pierre Conte is the son of immigrants from France and Cuba. We talk with him about what motivates his growing giving, including support for first generation college students.
Women are now the fastest-growing population of incarcerated Americans. The New York Women’s Foundation, the latest funder to take on mass incarceration, has launched a Justice Fund focused on NYC’s women and girls.
Despite the pervasiveness of domestic violence, this problem has never been high on philanthropy’s agenda. That’s starting to change in Chicago, thanks to a collaboration that includes some of the city’s most prominent foundations.
One challenge of social movements is to translate energy and activism into long-term change. A year after the #MeToo hashtag went viral, here’s what some advocates and funders are doing to keep moving forward.