For Latinx Heritage Month, we sat down with Alejandra Naranjo, The Foundation’s Vice President of Development. In this blog post, she reflects on the personal impact philanthropy has had on her career and how The Foundation continues to elevate the voices of Latinx women and girls.
As Domestic Violence Awareness Month draws to a close, we are pleased to share a recent interview we had with Najia Nasim, Executive Director of Women for Afghan Women (WAW). Keep on reading to hear about her new role and WAW’s continued commitment to supporting Afghan women and families.
Eunjoo Jung was the Girls Ignite! Grantmaking (GIG) Intern for the 2019 GIG Fellowship, a participatory grantmaking model intentionally created for young women or gender fluid youth (ages 14-18) in New York City. In this post, she reflects on her experience with The Foundation and learning more about philanthropy with four key lessons.
This summer, Vice President of Programs, Camille Emeagwali, participated in a panel discussion at Me Too Fund grantee partner FreeFrom’s inaugural Survivor Wealth Summit. She reflects on the experience in a Q&A with The Foundation’s Communications & Marketing Coordinator, Nina Rodgers.
Mobilizing for criminal justice reform can’t be done without creating a paradigm shift that centers the experiences of women and families. The New York Women’s Foundation has applied a gender and racial equity lens to this crisis to truly pave the way forward to justice, safety and the overall wellbeing of communities across New York City.
As Pride Month concludes, President & CEO Ana L. Oliveira reflects on The Foundation’s commitment to supporting LGBTQ organizations.
While the corporate profits and salaries of top executives continue to increase, the core of workers who provide vital and everyday services have yet to see their share of a fair distribution of wealth. A leading voice in this current movement speaking truth to power on the devastating consequences of wealth inequality is our very own Board Emerita, Abigail E. Disney.
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.
TransLash is a four-episode program that focuses on what it’s like to transition and be Trans–particularly a Trans person of color–at a time of social backlash. Initially distributed as a docuseries on YouTube and Facebook, TransLash follows the transition story of journalist and host Imara Jones, as well as that of the larger Trans community in the current political climate. In the latest episode and in this blog post, Imara discusses the power of resilience of chosen families in the lives of Trans people.
We spoke with Stephanie Wang-Breal, an award-winning filmmaker, commercial director, and Board Member of The New York Women’s Foundation about her latest film, Blowin’ Up, which premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival to critical acclaim.
As winter approaches, we have a grantmaking round up for you—as fall was an extraordinary season for The New York Women’s Foundation.
Women make up half the population but hold only 22% of the 500,000 total elected offices in the United States. Research suggests that at the rate in which we are electing women to public office in the United States, we will not reach parity with men for at least another 100 years.
Despite the myriad of issues facing our country, political disengagement is rampant.
On a national level, only 50 percent of 18 to 29-year-olds voted in the 2016 presidential election.
The 2017 New York City mayoral primary election boasted the lowest voter turnout seen here since World War II.
Domestic violence does not discriminate—it can be found in all communities and at all income levels. Even men can be survivors of abuse. Nonetheless, it is significantly more likely to be experienced by women. And it is far most likely to occur in communities in which poverty exacerbates the basic stressors of life; lack of funds limits options for escape; and internal cultural beliefs—or general societal bias—constrain the ability to seek help.
A tribute to America’s workers, Labor Day has evolved beyond a day of parades and festivals duly celebrating the achievements of workers to one emphasizing the economic realities and civic significance of the unsung heroes responsible for the prosperity of our country.
Caroline was introduced to The Foundation through her mother and aunt when they began attending the Celebrate Women Breakfast together over ten years ago. The twins decided that since their birthday is close to the Breakfast (and sometimes on the very day), that they should celebrate by hosting friends and family at the Breakfast. After attending her first Breakfast over five years ago, Caroline was inspired and wanted to do more. With role models like them, it’s no wonder Caroline has become a supporter of The Foundation in her own right!
We sat down with Camille Abrahams Emeagwali, Vice President of Programs, to discuss the idea behind Resilience NYC, the transition to multi-year funding, and other issues facing grantees in this current political landscape.
The Foundation was founded by a group of fierce women who shared three revolutionary beliefs: (1) problems and solutions live in the same place; (2) communities know best how to fix problems they experience; and (3) philanthropy is more powerful when it is collective and inclusive. Put together, these beliefs embody what we think of as Radical Generosity.
For 30 years, The New York Women’s Foundation has made anti-violence and safety a key tenet of our work to promote the economic security of women and families. We know that a woman’s safety is inextricably linked to her economic security and ability to provide for her family. We have moved this work forward by supporting community-based organizations enacting innovative, nuanced, and culturally competent solutions to address the particular needs of cis and trans women and girls, and gender fluid individuals.
Life took a better turn for Tere, a mother of two and a Mexican immigrant, when she became a worker-owner of the ecofriendly housecleaning service Si Se Puede!. As a partner in this Brooklyn cooperative, where the business is owned and controlled by the workers, she found stable work and had better wages than at any of her previous jobs. She could manage her own schedule, which meant more time for her children and less strain on her marriage.
In 1987, a group of intrepid women gathered in a living room to create a philanthropic entity that could begin shattering these unjust paradigms. These were mostly women of wealth who hadn’t had much contact with the City’s low-income communities, but they were willing to listen and to learn. They went into the community; they went to prisons and housing developments; and they asked people to educate them about the issues and what needed to be done.
Our report, Blueprint for Investing in Girls Age 0-8 from The New York Women’s Foundation, clearly shows that our society has remained stubbornly resistant to adopting measures that would ensure fair protection, just compensation, adequate support, and strong preparation to the low-income women of color who are raising these girls.
According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, more than half of men in the United States think sexism is over, while nearly two-thirds of women say obstacles continue to make it harder for women than men today.
Consider this glaring example. Despite women outnumbering men at the college and graduate levels, and presumably moving into the types of higher paying jobs that higher education leads to, in the workplace the gender and racial pay gap stubbornly persists.
Later this term, the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the issue of bathroom rights for transgender people. The heated national debate, ostensibly over restroom access, reflects the extreme prejudice and hostility that transgender people face every day in America. And now the 2016 presidential election has served to compound the anxiety of the LGBTQ community. Several LGBTQ suicide hotlines have reported that since the Republican victory, the number of calls has risen dramatically from normal call traffic.
In 2014, The New York Women’s Foundation released a report, Blueprint for Investing in Women 60+, highlighting the challenges faced by New York City’s older women, who make up much of the 31 percent of its seniors living in poverty. They play vital roles in tens of thousands of families across some of the poorest communities of the city – managing housekeeping and child-minding duties so adult children can put in grueling work hours, single-handedly raising some 100,000 grandchildren, and caring and providing for dependent relatives of all ages.”
Innovation requires bold leadership. Just look at Commissioner Carmelyn P. Malalis and her team at the New York City Commission on Human Rights, who are constantly pushing the boundaries of how government agencies can serve and protect the most vulnerable populations. In speaking with a group of our grantee partners at our office in March, Malalis explained that when she was offered the job, one of her non-negotiables was that she wanted to turn this agency on its head and equip it with the tools necessary to expand and implement what was already one of the most comprehensive Human Rights Laws in the country.
The New York Women’s Foundation’s grantee partner, East New York Farms! (ENYF), an urban agricultural project of United Community Centers, an organization that has served East New York, Brooklyn for over 60 years, has been a key leader in this movement nationwide. In partnership with EcoStation: NY of Bushwick, they have led the organization of a Northeast Youth Food Justice Network.
Community leaders, especially women, do some of the hardest work under the least forgiving circumstances. And they get results. At The New York Women’s Foundation, we know because we’ve been investing in women-led, community-based organizations for 29 years, seeking high returns on our investments.
Our strategy for sustainable growth is successful and replicable. In 2015, we invested $520,000 in 12 women-led organizations offering training and job placement. More than 1,700 women received services with 413 gaining new employment with projected annual wages of $8.5M—a 15-fold return on initial funding.
Those of us who work in the area of economic justice know that not only does poverty have a female face, but the solution to poverty also has a female face. Although we fear the widening ramifications of the Wall Street crash in New York, we know first-hand that there are underutilized solutions to the problem of poverty, and that these solutions often involve the leadership of women.