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The New York Women’s Foundation is committed to deepening the awareness of the diverse needs of women, girls, LGBTQ, and gender non-conforming people. Through research with local expertise, we are consistently building knowledge and evolving our capacity to support low-income communities. We are invested in mobilizing New Yorkers towards a path to sustainable change and seek opportunities to expand public education of the enduring and emergent struggles facing New York City neighborhoods.

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2016 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report

We invite you to read our 2016 Annual Report to learn more about The Foundation’s grantmaking impact and the work of their grantee partners. Click here to view our interactive Annual Report.

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Activist Philanthropist – Volume 3, Issue 1

Activist Philanthropist – Volume 3, Issue 1

Our first issue of Activist Philanthropist in 2017 features an interview with Vivian Nixon, Executive Director of College and Community Fellowship by Feminista Jones, a profile of Randi Zinn by LaToya Jordan, a Q&A with poet Camonghne Felix, a conversation recap of our In Focus Where Women Stand: 100 Days of the New Administration event by Michele Thomas, and an interview with our former board chair and 2017 Celebrating Women Breakfast Vision award recipient, Anne Delaney, by IGNITE! fellow, Sayoni Nyakoon.

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30 Years of Radical Generosity

30 Years of Radical Generosity

Read our 30th Anniversary Report to learn more about the history of The New York Women’s Foundation and what we’ve accomplished in the past three decades.

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Women InJustice: Gender and the Pathway to Jail in New York City

Women InJustice: Gender and the Pathway to Jail in New York City

A new report, Women InJustice: Gender and the Pathway to Jail in New York City, concludes that equal justice is not possible using a one-size-fits-all approach.  Because women have not benefited from criminal justice reform to the same extent as men, the report urges that reforms must meet the gender-specific needs of the people who enter the system.

The report from The Prisoner Reentry Institute of John Jay College of Criminal Justice (PRI) and commissioned by The New York Women’s Foundation, provides an in-depth academic exploration of the journeys that lead women to Rikers; the needs of women in the system; and gender-specific system reforms.

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Activist Philanthropist – Volume 2, Issue 3

Activist Philanthropist – Volume 2, Issue 3

The last issue of the Activist Philanthropist in 2016 features Jessica González-Rojas on her leadership and the work of her organization, National Latina Health Institute for Reproductive Health. Nicole Mason examines what a Trump administration could mean for women, families and communities on critical issues including reproductive rights, education, and healthcare.

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Blueprint for Investing in Girls Age 0-8

Blueprint for Investing in Girls Age 0-8

Experts in early childhood development explain that for girls, the period between birth and age 8 comprises a coherent, unified period of both extraordinary potential and extreme vulner­ability. Given a healthy environment and nurturing round-the-clock care, girls innately evolve from totally helpless, self-involved infants into third graders of remarkable competence—cognitively, socially, emotionally, physically and creatively. Denied that vital foundation, their miraculous developmental trajectory can be gravely compromised or even completely derailed. Promoting little girls’ strong progress thus depends absolutely upon making sure that their main caregivers can give them what they need.

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Activist Philanthropist – Volume 2, Issue 2

Activist Philanthropist – Volume 2, Issue 2

The August 2016 issue of Activist Philanthropist, highlights writers, thinkers, and leaders who are at the forefront of philanthropy, community, and social justice efforts for women nationwide. Jean Shafiroff, Monique Morris, and Nicole Mason have each shared with us insights from their books on topics including women’s philanthropy and equitable education as the key to success for women and girls.

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Activist Philanthropist – Volume 2, Issue 1

Activist Philanthropist – Volume 2, Issue 1

Our first Activist Philanthropist issue of 2016 includes articles on caregiving, in which Susan Leicher brings forward an unspoken issue that shapes the lives of girls and young women by highlighting the consequences of teenage girls becoming early caregivers for their families. Nicole Mason writes about police brutality in the form of sexual abuse, and the struggle for justice and accountability. Humera Afridi highlights the leadership of former Board Chair Rhonda Joy McLean, and the importance of leadership through giving.

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2015 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report

In 2015, The Foundation distributed $6 million to more than 90 grantee partners. In turn, our grantee partners reached more than 400,000 women and girls in New York City’s most underinvested communities. Read our 2015 annual report to hear more about our work and impact in New York City.

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Activist Philanthropist – Volume 1, Issue 2

Activist Philanthropist – Volume 1, Issue 2

Our second issue of the Activist Philanthropist shares insights on a spectrum of topics affecting women, highlighting individuals, organizations and partnerships that are creating pathways to making the biggest difference, in a variety of ways, in the lives of women, girls and families.

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Activist Philanthropist – Volume 1, Issue 1

Activist Philanthropist – Volume 1, Issue 1

We are delighted to introduce you to the Activist Philanthropist, an e-zine that expresses our philanthropic practice at The new York Women’s Foundation. The Activist Philanthropist is a forum that celebrates those who embody philanthropy in action. The profiles and Q&A pieces in the e-zine spotlight community leaders and visionaries and encourages an understanding of philanthropy that is broader in scope.

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Blueprint for Investing in Girls and Young Women

Blueprint for Investing in Girls and Young Women

Girls and young women comprise about 10 percent of NYC’s total population. But that statistic gives little indication of their importance. Enter any low-income, immigrant community or community of color, and you will see girls shouldering huge responsibilities with minimal acknowledgment and support. Barely into their teen years, they are minding younger siblings and managing household chores. In mid-adolescence, they are taking on after-school jobs to supplement household incomes. As soon as they master English, they are serving as interpreters and advocates for older relatives. And—barely out of their adolescence–many are raising children of their own.

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Mapping Pathways to Recovery in the Shadow of Hurricane Sandy

Mapping Pathways to Recovery in the Shadow of Hurricane Sandy

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, The Foundation created the Hurricane Sandy Response and Recovery Fund to address the crisis within particularly vulnerable communities impacted by the storm. The three-year initiative focused on providing flexible investment to affected and unreached NYC neighborhoods and partnered with community-based organizations expert at providing tailored and culturally competent support. The Foundation intentionally designed The Fund as a long-term strategy in recognition that the path to economic security for low-income communities develops through sustained investment in recovery approaches that value the resiliency of local neighborhoods.

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2014 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report

2014 was a year of transformative work for The New York Women’s Foundation. It marked the end of our bold, five-year initiative – RISE-NYC! (Respond, Inspire, Solve, Engage) – which began in 2009, during the recession, at a time of philanthropic retrenchment. Read our 2014 Annual Report to hear about the other initiatives that we supported as well as our efforts in enhancing community-led innovations.

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Blueprint for Investing in Women Age 60+

Blueprint for Investing in Women Age 60+

Older women—particularly low-income older women of color and immigrant older women—represent a significant and growing segment of NYC’s population. They play vital roles families across some of the poorest communities of the city—managing housekeeping and child-minding duties so adult children can work, single-handedly raising some 100,000 grandchildren, and caring for dependent relatives of all ages. Many are the pillars of faith and community organizations. Some still manage paid work. And most fill these critical functions while contending with steep challenges—poverty, compromised health, ongoing losses of social networks, and inadequate care for their own needs.

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Gender Budget Analysis 2013-2014

Gender Budget Analysis 2013-2014

A budget is one of the principal ways in which governments express their priorities and values. With this in mind, The New York Women’s Foundation, in partnership with the Fiscal Policy Institute, reviews the proposed Governor’s Budget to determine its impact on NYC’s women and families. When viewed with a gender lens, the Governor’s 2013-2014 budget impacts the city’s low-income women and their families in many ways, from decreased resources for low-income women seeking to get a foothold in the job market, to reduced funding for a wide range of essential support services, including child care.

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2013 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report

As we enter our 27th year, The New York Women’s Foundation is proud to have responded in both concrete and innovative ways to the challenges presented in 2013. We awarded a second, and even more necessary year of grants to our groups working in Hurricane Sandy Response and Recovery; expanded our “Initiative Against Sex Trafficking of Minors” and published the first Economic Security and Well-being Index for Women in New York City. Read the report to learn more about what we accomplished in 2013.

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Economic Security and Well-Being Index for Women in New York City

Economic Security and Well-Being Index for Women in New York City

New York City is home to more than four million women and girls representing a wide range of racial and ethnic backgrounds, citizenship statuses, educational attainment levels, and occupations. Of those, close to one in four live in poverty, have lower earnings and suffer longer spells of unemployment than other women in the city. This in-depth analysis of the economic security, health and safety, and well-being of women in the 59 community districts analyzes issues that shape the lives of women and girls, including poverty, income and employment, violence and safety, and education and health.

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Gender Budget Analysis 2012-2013

Gender Budget Analysis 2012-2013

A budget is one of the principal ways in which governments express their priorities and values. With this in mind, The New York Women’s Foundation, in partnership with the Fiscal Policy Institute, reviews the proposed Governor’s Budget to determine its impact on NYC’s women and families. When viewed with a gender lens, the Governor’s 2012-2013 budget impacts the city’s low-income women and their families in many ways, from decreased resources for low-income women seeking to get a foothold in the job market, to reduced funding for a wide range of essential support services, including child care.

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2012 Annual Report

2012 Annual Report

In our 26th year, we continue to hold fast to the values of the visionary women who created The Foundation, deepening our cross-cultural alliance of women and using a participatory and engaged approach to philanthropy, while at the same time, expanding our impact to create a safer, healthier and more economically just environment for women and families in New York City. Read our 2012 Annual Report for a comprehensive look at what we and our grantee partners accomplished.

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Initiative Against the Sex Trafficking of Minors in New York State

Initiative Against the Sex Trafficking of Minors in New York State

Sex trafficking of minors—the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining of minors for sexual purposes and profit—is one such critical issue and challenge that occurs when youth are denied valid and viable opportunities to achieve economic security, live violence-free lives, and secure sexual rights and reproductive justice. This report is a culmination of a two-year assessment involving diverse stakeholders and provides a panoramic view of the policies and awareness campaigns that currently exist to address sex trafficking of minors in New York, as well as highlight places where these initiatives fall short.

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The First 25 Years

The First 25 Years

In the quarter century since The New York Women’s Foundation (NYWF) was launched by a small group of visionary women, it has matured into a significant, effective, and influential institution. Once an early entrant into a limited group of women’s philanthropic organizations, it has grown into the largest U.S.-based member of a robust international network of 166 women’s funds. Once a new face on New York City’s well-established funding scene, it has emerged as a forceful leader with a transformative approach to philanthropy and a respected imprimatur.

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Gender Budget Analysis 2011-2012

Gender Budget Analysis 2011-2012

A budget is one of the principal ways in which governments express their priorities and values. With this in mind, The New York Women’s Foundation, in partnership with the Fiscal Policy Institute, reviews the proposed Governor’s Budget to determine its impact on NYC’s women and families. When viewed with a gender lens, the Governor’s 2011-2012 budget impacts the city’s low-income women and their families in many ways, from decreased resources for low-income women seeking to get a foothold in the job market, to reduced funding for a wide range of essential support services, including child care.

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