The Personal Journey That Moved the Gates Foundation to Focus on Gender Equality

The Personal Journey That Moved the Gates Foundation to Focus on Gender Equality

In recent years, the Gates Foundation has emerged as one of the most important funders of women’s empowerment. Melinda Gates has driven that dramatically stepped-up giving, motivated by experiences she describes in her moving new book.

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Gender Norms Don’t Get Enough Attention from Funders. Here’s How Philanthropy Can do Better

Gender Norms Don’t Get Enough Attention from Funders. Here’s How Philanthropy Can do Better

Decades of studies have shown that challenging harmful gender norms are a key to improving outcomes in under-served communities. Riki Wilchins explores how some foundations are stepping up here, backing gender audits and other strategies.

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After Shifting its Strategy, a Foundation Gets Behind Jewish Women Social Entrepreneurs

After Shifting its Strategy, a Foundation Gets Behind Jewish Women Social Entrepreneurs

Faced with tepid growth, the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York—a funding intermediary—decided to switch things up to focus on backing dynamic and emerging nonprofit leaders. Its new initiative, The Collective, just made a first round of grants

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In Omaha, a New Hub for Black Women’s Philanthropy

In Omaha, a New Hub for Black Women’s Philanthropy

It seems like every time we look, there’s a new local giving circle rallying the philanthropic efforts of women and people of color. As we expand our coverage of the Upper Midwest and Great Plains, we learned about the I Be Black Girl circle in Omaha, Nebraska.

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This Health Funder Has Big Plans to Reduce Unintended Pregnancies Among Low-Income Women

This Health Funder Has Big Plans to Reduce Unintended Pregnancies Among Low-Income Women

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.

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“Of the Community.” How a New African-American Giving Circle is Gaining Steam

“Of the Community.” How a New African-American Giving Circle is Gaining Steam

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.

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"Empower Them To Succeed." An Alumna Looks to Close the Engineering Gender Gap

"Empower Them To Succeed." An Alumna Looks to Close the Engineering Gender Gap

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.

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She Took on a Powerful Male Donor. Now She'll be Leading a Top Jewish Feminist Organization

She Took on a Powerful Male Donor. Now She'll be Leading a Top Jewish Feminist Organization

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?

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When Men Are Advocates: An Energy Giant Funds Training in Gender Equity

When Men Are Advocates: An Energy Giant Funds Training in Gender Equity

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.

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Behind a $25 Million Plan to Elevate Women in STEM and Use their Stories to Inspire Girls

Behind a $25 Million Plan to Elevate Women in STEM and Use their Stories to Inspire Girls

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.”

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Focusing on Pivotal Moments, a Foundation Works to Help Girls and Women Avoid the Sex Trade

Focusing on Pivotal Moments, a Foundation Works to Help Girls and Women Avoid the Sex Trade

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.

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