Philanthropic Partnerships and Collaboratives

The Foundation partners with local and national funders to increase our impact. We pursue collaborations with policy makers, thought leaders, and national, regional and local advocacy organizations to amplify the voices of our grantee partners, grow our impact, promote our values, and influence mission-related public policy. We encourage others in philanthropy to adopt our best practices of radical generosity and collectively target investments to support the economic security, self-determination, and leadership of all women.

Philanthropic partnerships and collective work are central to our giving and extend our reach, including the NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color, Prosperity Together, Partnership for Women’s Prosperity and the Young Women’s National Philanthropic Collaborative, The Fund to Support the Me Too Movement and Allies, and the Justice Initiative and Collaborative Fund.

Funding Collaboratives

The Fund for the Me Too Movement and Allies

The Foundation launched the Fund for the Me Too Movement and Allies in partnership with ‘me. too.’ Movement founder and leader, Tarana Burke. The Fund is a vehicle to ensure that the momentum of the #MeToo Movement is sustained beyond news cycles and hashtags, by supporting organizations around the country working to prevent sexual violence and harassment and promote the healing of survivors and victims. Its creation builds on The Foundation’s long history of responding to the needs of women leaders who are building transformational movements and investing in community-led solutions that confront gender violence.

For the 2018 grantmaking cycle, the Fund prioritized organizations led by and for communities of color that give voice to women, immigrants, and LGBTQ people.  The first grant recipients are: Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective – Los Angeles, CA, Black Women’s Blueprint – National, New York City, DC Rape Crisis Center – Washington, D.C., Equality Labs – National, FreeFrom – Los Angeles, CA, The Firecracker Foundation – Lansing, MI, The “me too.” Movement – National, and Violence Intervention Program – New York City

The New York Women’s Foundation’s philanthropic partners in the Fund for the Me Too Movement and Allies are CBS, Inc. InFaith Community Foundation, the Pinpoint Foundation, and The Nathan Cummings Foundation.

To learn about funding opportunities through the Fund to Support the Me Too Movement and Allies, please click here. 

The Fund for the Me Too Movement and Allies welcomes partnership and investment from individuals, foundations and corporations. To learn more, please contact Dominique-Laura Pierce at 

The Justice Initiative and Collaborative Fund

The Justice Initiative and Collaborative Fund, a first-of-its-kind grantmaking and philanthropic mobilization effort to invest in community-based and cross-sector solutions that significantly decrease the involvement of women and families in all aspects of the justice system. Key among the priorities is closing Rikers Island and investing in alternatives that promote justice, safety and overall well-being for these communities.

In 2019, the Fund announced grants totaling $700,000 specifically earmarked to support local criminal justice
reform, with a focus on the closure of Rikers Island. The grantees are: The Alliance of Families for Justice, The Bronx Defenders, JustLeadershipUSA, The Katal Center for Health, Equity and Justice , and The Women’s Community Justice Association 

The New York Women’s Foundation’s philanthropic partners in the Justice Fund are the Art for Justice Fund, Ford Foundation, Frances Lear Foundation, the J.M. Kaplan Fund, and The Pinkerton Foundation.

Click here to hear from grantees of the Justice Fund. 

The Justice Fund welcomes partnership and investment from individuals, foundations and corporations. To learn more, please contact Dominique-Laura Pierce at

NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color

The NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color is a collaboration of a diverse and growing group of funders coming together to expand philanthropic investment for girls and young women of color in NYC. The first of its kind in the United States, The Fund envisions a city that offers an opportunity for all girls and young women of color, inclusive of two-spirited, transgender and gender non-binary youth, to succeed economically and socially. It pools money to invest in non-profit efforts that promote the well-being and leadership of young women of color as change agents, and partners with communities and other allies to advance equity. The Fund’s goal is to shift philanthropic practices by increasing sustained investments for girls and young women of color and sharing knowledge on effective strategies and approaches. 

Please click here to view Fund grantees. 

Fund Members of the NYC Fund Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color: Andrus Family Fund, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Cricket Island Foundation, Ford Foundation, Foundation for a Just Society, Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, The Harnisch Foundation, Ms. Foundation for Women, New York Foundation, The New York Community Trust, The New York Foundation, The New York Women’s Foundation, North Star Fund, NoVo Foundation, Pinkerton Foundation, Scherman Foundation, Schott Foundation, Stonewall Community Foundation, Surdna Foundation, Third Wave Fund, and the William T. Grant Foundation. 

The NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color welcomes partnership and investment from individuals, foundations and corporations. To learn more, please contact Dominique-Laura Pierce at 

Philanthropic Partnerships

Grantmakers United for Trans Communities Pledge 

As one of the top ten funders of U.S. trans communities and an inaugural Grantmakers United for Trans Communities (GUTC) Pledge signatory, The New York Women’s Foundation pledged to participate in trainings and professional development opportunities focused on supporting trans communities; improve our recruitment and retention of trans and gender non-conforming staff and board members; increase our grantmaking for trans communities, with a commitment to trans-led organizations; and publicly expressed our support for and solidarity with trans communities. Click here to learn more. 

Funders Committee for Civic Participation

In alignment with our work through the Resilience-NYC: Civic Engagement strategy, The New York Women’s Foundation has joined a network of nearly 90 institutional members and dozens of additional philanthropic colleagues that are interested in democratic change issues or civic engagement strategies, with a particular focus on ensuring that traditionally marginalized communities have equal access to participation and decision-making in the democratic process.  Click here to learn more. 

NYS Grantmakers for Census Equity & the NYS Census Equity Fund

As part of The Foundation’s work through the Resilience- NYC: Civic engagement strategy, we joined a learning community (of NYS grantmakers) about the upcoming 2020 census, and considered ways in which philanthropy could play a role in ensuring a fair and accurate census count. We have also contributed to a statewide funders’ collaborative fund from which grants are distributed to organizations and institutions working on census-related activities throughout the state. Click here to learn more. 

Presidents’ Council on Disability Inclusion in Philanthropy

The New York Women’s Foundation’s President and CEO  joined with 13 other foundation executives to champion inclusion of people with disabilities in their own institutions and within all of philanthropy. Council members have collectively agreed to commit $10 million over five years to this work — and to ensure that it’s guided by activists who have been at the forefront of the disability movement. Click here to learn more. 

Prosperity Together 

In 2015, women’s foundations from across the nation joined together and pledged to invest $100 million dollars over five years to improve economic security of women, families and communities. Comprised of 32 women’s foundations from 26 states and Washington, D.C., Prosperity Together envisions a future where women are economically secure. Children, families and communities will thrive when we ensure access to childcare, education, and employment and earnings opportunities that promote pathways to good, stable jobs and leadership advancement.

Prosperity Together coalition partners will use their respective experience and knowledge to continue funding programs that are proven effective in their communities and states. Examples of the types of programs that will be funded include:

Job Training: We will fund job training programs that are customized to address the cultural and educational needs of low-income women need in order to secure a higher-wage job in a stable work environment.

Child Care: We will fund programs that create access for low-income women to culturally appropriate, affordable, high-quality childcare, so they can be successful in the workplace and their children have a strong academic start in life.

Research: We will fund state and national research to inform promising best practices and policies that increase economic security for low-income women, particularly women of color.

For more than 30 years, public women’s foundations and women’s funds within community foundations have targeted their programming and resources to create pathways to economic security for low-income women and their families in America. With demonstrated expertise and leadership, women’s foundations are uniquely positioned to lead this work at the state and national levels.

Click here to read the 2-year impact summary report.

Click here to visit the Prosperity Together website.

The Young Women’s National Philanthropic Collaborative 

The first collaborative of its kind, the National Collaborative of Young Women’s Initiatives works to address the core, structural issues that have kept too many of our nation’s low-income young women—particularly young women of color— from reaching their full potential.

The initiative is modeled after the New York City Young Women’s Initiative, launched in 2015 through a partnership between The New York Women’s Foundation, the New York City Council, and Girls for Gender Equity. The success of YWI-NYC and the #shewillbe campaign, inspired seven other women’s foundations from across the country to launch their own Young Women’s Initiatives in their respective localities, with focus on galvanizing resources and creating cross-sector partnerships to advance equity and outcomes for young women of color, and young women from low-income communities. In June 2016 at the White House Summit on the United State of Women in Washington, D.C., the National Collaborative of Young Women’s Initiatives was launched.  (Click here for The New York Women’s Foundation’s CEO Ana Oliveira’s announcement at the White House – starting at approximately 8:18). Since then, each of the independent women’s foundations have been working with partners across their communities and local governments to place young women at the center of leadership, and at the helm of advancing their outcomes.

Through this national initiative, we highlight issues of disparity, inspire action, ignite change, and engage cross-sector partners, both locally and nationally, in this critical work to ensure equity in outcomes for all young women across our country.  We have a strong call to action for leaders across industries to invest in the leadership and lives of young women of color.  Our future prosperity is interwoven, and it’s time we listen and invest now in what young women need. We recognize young women of color as critical to our economic growth and competitiveness, and important contributors to a high quality of life.  For that reason, our Collaborative will collectively award $41 million in grants over the next seven years to ensure young women of color lead, prosper economically, and live safe and healthy lives.

Members of the National Collaborative of Young Women’s Initiatives: Washington Area Women’s Foundation, The New York Women’s Foundation , Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis, The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham , Dallas Women’s Foundation, Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, The Women’s Foundation of California

National partner in technical assistance:  Girls for Gender Equity

The New York Women’s Foundation thanks the Walmart Foundation for its generous support of the National Philanthropic Collaborative of Young Women’s Initiatives.