The New York Women’s Foundation funds women leaders building solutions in their communities. Having distributed $7.6 million in 2016, The New York Women’s Foundation’s grantmaking places it at the top women’s foundations in the U.S., and second in the world. We boldly invest in organizations and leaders that strive for justice, economic security, safety, and health for women and families. We prioritize organizations that promote women’s leadership, gender equity, and asset-based community approaches. The Foundation goes beyond funding to deliver the resources and networking opportunities that emerging organizations and leaders need in order to continue to progress and succeed. We practice participatory grantmaking—guidance for grantmaking comes directly from the communities to be supported; and grantmaking is principally carried out by volunteer activists. Our approach provides diverse stakeholders with a deep, first-hand knowledge of the key issues and players, and continually reinforces their determination to promote success.
Our grantmaking is driven by the following beliefs and values:
- Grantees are partners and knowledgeable experts.
- Holistic and sustainable solutions come from within the community.
- Women are authors of their lives and change makers in their communities.
- A participatory approach—between community members, leaders, and funders—creates opportunities for local solutions and long-lasting change.
- Investment across the lifespan of women increases self-suﬃciency.
- Long term investment in grantee partners facilitates organizational sustainability.
Rooted in principles of inclusiveness and empowerment, decision-making at The Foundation is drawn from an alliance comprising women of all backgrounds and means. Through our Grants Advisory Committee, we engage volunteers by training them in activism and philanthropy to build and sustain women’s progress.
The Foundation invests to remove barriers and create opportunities in the following focus areas: Economic Security; Anti-Violence and Safety; and Health, Sexual Rights, and Reproductive Justice; and Capacity Building for Grantee Partners. We are keenly aware that these focus areas are often inextricably linked through the lived experiences of girls, women, and gender-fluid individuals.