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OUR MISSION,
VISION & HISTORY

  • MISSION & VISION
  • OUR HISTORY

The New York Women’s Foundation creates an equitable and just future for women and families by uniting a cross-cultural alliance that ignites action and invests in bold, community-led solutions across the city.

Values:

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    We celebrate the humanity in each person and we believe people and relationships are the foundation of our success.

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    We see the vibrancy, resiliency, and creativity in communities. Our experience has shown us that those facing the greatest obstacles also have the greatest insight and that community leadership is invaluable to developing solutions.

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    We believe that all voices count and that effective solutions are created when tables are inclusive across social, cultural and economic backgrounds.

    The way we carry out philanthropy–with transparency, respect, and partnership–is as important as what we fund.

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    We take risks in meeting women and families’ challenges head on and are often the first to invest in emerging community-led solutions.

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1986

  • Gloria W. Miliken recruits Helen LaKelly Hunt, Joan Melber Warburg, Alice Cardona, Betty Terrell-Cruz and others to found a philanthropic organization to be run by women for women.
  • Read more in our 25th Anniversary Report.
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1988

  • The Foundation awards grants totaling $50,000 to 4 grantee partners at the first Celebrating Women Breakfast.
  • Read more in our 25th Anniversary Report.
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1990

  • The Foundation’s unique volunteer-based participatory grantmaking model, The Allocations Committee, known today as the Grants Advisory Committee, is created.
  • Read more in our 25th Anniversary Report.
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1997

  • Over $500,000 is distributed to 23 grantee partners.
  • Read more in our 25th Anniversary Report.
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2001

  • 9/11 Disaster Relief Fund raises and distributes nearly $700,000 to support nonprofits working with women.
  • Read more in our 25th Anniversary Report.
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2006

  • Over 50 grantee partners are awarded $1.65 million.
  • The Foundation launches the Circle of Sisters for Social Change to enable socially conscious women to harness their resources and networks to support social change philanthropy in NYC.
  • Read more in our 25th Anniversary Report.
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2009

  • RISE-NYC! (Respond, Inspire, Solve, Engage) partnership launched in response to the recession, increasing grantmaking by 20 percent.
  • Read more in our 25th Anniversary Report.
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2011

  • The Foundation awards $4 million to 77 grantee partner organizations.
  • New York Women's Foundation releases its first gender budget analysis report, A Harder Struggle, Fewer Opportunities.
  • Read more in our 25th Anniversary Report.
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2012

  • The Initiative Against Sex Trafficking of Minors is launched with the release of Sex Trafficking of Minors in New York: Increasing Prevention and Collective Action report.
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton, Founder Secretary of State, is honored with the Century Award at the Celebrating Women Breakfast. Other Century Award winners include, Elinor Guggenheimer, Dolores C. Huerta, Gloria W. Milliken, Dr. Wangari Maathai, and Gloria Steinem.
  • New York Women's Foundation launches Hurricane Sandy Response and Recovery Fund, a 3-year initiative to provide additional funding to grantee partners serving the hardest hit areas from Hurricane Sandy.
  • Read more in our 25th Anniversary Report.
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2014

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2015

  • The Foundation distributed $6 million to more than 90 grantee partners.
  • The Foundation increased impact through Prosperity Together, a first of its kind partnership with 27 public U.S. women’s foundations and the Women’s Funding Network committing $100 million in funding over 5 years to break down barriers to economic security for women and families across the country.
  • The Foundation worked with NY City Council’s Young Women’s Initiative, the nation’s first-ever effort solely dedicated to support girls, young women and trans youth of color, and inspired the growth of 7 other Young Women’s Initiatives across the nation.
  • New York Women's Foundation releases Blueprint for Investing in Girls and Young Women, the second report from The Voices from The Field series.
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2016

  • The NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color distributes $2.1 million to 28 non-profit organizations throughout the five boroughs, all dedicated to cultivating the leadership and welfare of young women of color.
  • The Foundation partners with the YWCA of New York City to launch Girls Ignite Grantmaking to empower the next generation through philanthropic education and giving.
  • The Foundation releases Blueprint for Investing in Girls Age 0-8, the third report from The Voices from The Field series.