Expanding Democracy & Leadership

Impacting change in New York and beyond.

The New York Women’s Foundation invests in movements that strengthen and expand democratic participation, political empowerment, and women’s leadership with a focus on building the power of immigrants, LGBTQ+ people, and communities of color.

Expanding women’s leadership

As part of Resilience NYC, The Foundation launched its Civic Engagement grantmaking strategy in 2017 to support community-based organizations that are increasing women’s leadership in the political process. Our investments build upon the strengths, social capital, and leadership of women, girls, and gender-expansive people to enhance participation, leadership, and influence, especially the leadership of women of color.

Democracy for all New Yorkers

Our grantee partners are dismantling barriers and transforming systems to enable broader participation and decision-making power for women, girls, and gender-expansive people. The Foundation’s investments amplify these voices and expand their political power to combat gender and racial inequity.

Higher Heights Leadership Fund

Grantee partner Higher Heights Leadership Fund is building a national civic engagement infrastructure and network to strengthen Black women’s leadership capacity and elect more Black women to office.

21 in '21

After successfully helping to elect the first ever majority-women New York City Council, 21 in ’21 is working to ensure that the new City Council majority is successful and providing trainings, convenings, and leadership support to newly elected candidates.

Young Invincibles

Young Invincibles is amplifying the voices of young adults in the political process and expanding economic opportunity for younger generations.

Our latest grantmaking invests over $1M in coalition building, civic engagement, and more.

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