Today we are taking a look back at The Foundation’s 2018 giving. True to our core mission, we continued to urgently respond to and invest in the needs of women leading movements and community solutions that confront economic, gender and racial injustice. A record high of more than $11 million in grants were made to 175 community organizations working to advance women’s economic security, increase political leadership and civic participation, disrupt and prevent gender-based violence, and protect access to healthcare and sexual and reproductive justice.
The Foundation’s 2018 grantmaking expresses our increased response to the needs of historically underinvested communities most impacted by poverty and violence, particularly through building upon our philanthropic partnerships to maximize impact. Our approach to funding emphasizes philanthropic unions — collaborations with other foundations and grantmakers – and leverages our collective muscle to tackle ingrained and systemic problems.
This past year, The Foundation embarked on two particularly ambitious funding initiatives to accelerate societal change, The Fund for Me Too and Allies and the Justice Fund.
The Fund for the Me Too Movement and Allies, created in 2018 in partnership with Tarana Burke, founder of the ‘me. too.’ Movement, supports survivor-led organizations from around the nation working to deter sexual harassment, heal survivors of gender-based violence, and strengthen marginalized communities impacted by sexual abuse. It builds on The Foundation’s 30-plus year history of investing to end gender-based violence. While rooted in New York City, it’s The Foundation’s first effort with national reach.
In 2018, we also launched the Justice Fund and introduced a family-centered paradigm to actively dismantle mass incarceration in New York City and support organizations creating new paths for stability in the lives of New York City women, families, and communities. Its grants focused on key issues including closing the Rose M. Singer Center on Rikers Island and bail reform. Our partners in this first-of-its-kind partnership and mobilization effort that focuses criminal justice reform through a gender and racial equity lens are the Art for Justice Fund, Ford Foundation, Frances Lear Foundation, and The Pinkerton Foundation. In 2019, the first major grants from the Justice Fund were made to five organizations leading the way.
The NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color, one of our long running philanthropic partnerships, enabled the support of local New York City organizations working to address root causes of inequity for girls and young women of color and invested in organizations advancing housing justice, education access, and TGNC rights. At a time when it is vitally important to maximize civic engagement and protect democracy, The Foundation’s Resilience NYC initiative invested in organizations supporting women’s civic participation, political leadership and influence in public life, and working with women and families directly impacted by changes in federal policies that target immigrant communities and trans and gender non-conforming individuals.
In 2019, through the power of our philanthropic partnerships, the work of our grantee partners, and the generosity of our donors, The Foundation will continue to upend institutionalized and gendered norms, indifference and discrimination.