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.
Of these everyday heroes, no one is more unsung than the women of color and immigrant women who, in the main, bear the responsibility for raising their families while at the same time working outside the home.Read more
Women’s Foundations across the U.S. condemn the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy and the continued detention of immigrant families.Read more
We had an inspiring morning at our 2018 Celebrating Women Breakfast! Check out the highlights and photos from that morning.Read more
The New York Women’s Foundation mourns the passing of Lisa Garcia Quiroz, president of the Time Warner Foundation and SVP and Chief Diversity Officer of Time Warner. An advocate for women and inclusion, Ms. Quiroz worked across multiple platforms to ensure diversity in Time Warner’s programming. She will be remembered for her commitment to uplifting Latino voices and her role as a leader and mentor for a generation of Hispanic media professionals.Read more
The New York Women’s Foundation mourns the loss of former board member Traci Gibson Little. Traci served on our board at a key time during our early years. She remained very civically involved in the Atlanta community, but her impact was also felt in cities nationwide. Our thoughts are with her family at this time.
We have exciting news to share! The New York Women’s Foundation will be on NBC’s show, “Give“ on Saturday, October 28th at noon. NBC’s Give provides an inside look at the world of philanthropy and highlights the work of small charities that are making a big impact. In this Saturday’s episode, celebrity ambassador and Food Network personality Sunny Anderson visits two of The Foundation’s grantee partners: The Brotherhood/SisterSol in Harlem and the Center for Family Life in Sunset Park.
The New York Women’s Foundation mourns the loss of Rita Henley Jensen, Founder of Women’s eNews and celebrates her powerful legacy. Nearly two decades ago, Rita launched Women’s eNews, the only independent daily news service covering women’s issues. She was an innovator, an award-winning journalist, a thought leader and a role model. We are grateful for her brilliant vision and her invaluable contributions to the lives of women.Read more
The New York Women’s Foundation mourns the passing of Holly Block. Holly was a tremendous advocate for the arts in New York and around the world. We were proud to acknowledge her leadership at our Neighborhood Dinner in the Bronx in 2013. Our city is a better place thanks to Holly’s vision and commitment.Read more
We congratulate our Honorary Board Chair, Abby Disney for winning an Emmy in Outstanding Social Issue Documentary for Armor of Light.Read more
The New York Women’s Foundation mourns the passing of Martha Baker. Martha was a key leader in the women’s rights movement, and worked tirelessly as a political activist, NY Paid Leave Campaign leader, and founder of former NYWF grantee partner Nontraditional Employment for Women. We were proud to acknowledge her significant efforts with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 for her lifelong advocacy for the advancement of women at the local and national level. We express deep gratitude for her unwavering commitment to economic security for women and families.Read more
Gay rights advocate, Edith Windsor was a groundbreaking woman. When her landmark Supreme Court case struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, she moved us forward as a nation. We mourn her passing, along with the many people who knew and loved her, who looked up to her, and whose lives were changed by her pioneering civil rights work. Her memory will serve as a reminder to stand up, speak up, and fight for justice.Read more
The New York Women’s Foundation is a 2017 recipient of The Women’s Funding Network’s Leadership and Diversity (LEAD) Award, for launching the first Young Women’s Initiative in partnership with the New York City Council and inspiring similar efforts by women’s foundations across the country.Read more
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.Read more
On Monday, June 26 The New York Women’s Foundation’s Director of Programs, Camille Emeagwali gave testimony to the New York State Department of Labor on the issue of the gender wage gap in New York and recommended solutions based on our 30 years of working with community-based organizations across New York City working to achieve economic justice for women and families.Read more
The New York Women’s Foundation community mourns the passing of former Board President Virginia Ryan Joffe, known to us as Dinny.Read more
Check out our latest Huff Po blog post written by Ana Oliveira.Read more
Catch up on Ana Oliveira’s Huffington Post blog with her article From the Grassroots Up: Leadership Lessons from Women Community Leaders.Read more
The New York Women’s Foundation and the YWCA of the City of New York have launched Girls IGNITE! Grantmaking, a unique fellowship designed to empower the next generation through philanthropic education and giving.Read more
The New York Women’s Foundation (NYWF) announced a total of $2,120,000 in grants awarded to 35 organizations working to promote economic security for women and families across New York City. This latest cycle of funding rounds out NYWF’s 2015 grantmaking year, which totaled $6,000,000.Read more
So many of us have been asking ourselves: What now for women, for immigrants, for communities of color, for LGBTQ people? Today’s media foreshadowing the first 100 days of a Trump presidency is frightening for so many of us.Read more
So many of us have been asking ourselves: What now for women, for immigrants, for communities of color, for LGBTQ people? Today’s media foreshadowing the first 100 days of a Trump presidency is frightening for so many of us.Read more
The New York Women’s Foundation (NYWF) joined 27 public U.S. women’s foundations, along with the Women’s Funding Network, in announcing Prosperity Together, a five-year, $100 million funding initiative to create opportunities and break down barriers to women’s economic security across the United States. This announcement, made at the White House’s Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color Summit highlighted the dire situations of low-income women across the country who face poor working conditions, insufficient wages, and lack of support for their overall wellbeing.Read more
This week, our President and CEO, Ana Oliveira, was joined by leading women’s foundations at The White House’s United State of Women Summit (USOW) to announce the launch of seven new Young Women’s Initiatives (YWI) nationwide.Read more
We are excited to share with you the Young Women’s Initiative’s new report and recommendations that were released this morning at City Hall.Read more
This week, NYC Public Advocate Letitia James released a policy report, Advancing Pay Equity in New York City—An analysis of the gender wage gap in New York City’s workforce. This report, coinciding with Equal Pay Day on April 12, highlighted the disparities in earnings that women face compared to their male counterparts. Women of color are disproportionately impacted by the gender wage gap, and this racial disparity is great in NYC than the national average.
Last week, Ana Oliveira, our President & CEO, was recognized by City & State with an Above & Beyond Award for her commitment to advancing economic justice for women and families and building a New York City that works for all.Read more
Today is a historic day for New York City, the New York Women’s Foundation, and most importantly for girls, young women and trans youth of color in New York City. NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito just announced that the City Council will invest $10 million in the Young Women’s Initiative and that the philanthropic community–a group of foundations led by The New York Women’s Foundation and NoVo Foundation–will match it making for an unprecedented investment of $20 million in girls and young women in New York City.Read more
Prosperity Together, a nonpartisan coalition of public women’s foundations from across the country announced today its support of the investments outlined in President Obama’s Budget to expand opportunity, promote equality and build economic stability for women and working families in America.Read more
Entrepreneurship provides a strong path for women when it comes to achieving economic security for themselves and their families. New York City has been a key leader in creating entrepreneurship opportunities for women including allocating funds towards worker cooperative business development, establishing accountability measures for contracting with minority and women-owned businesses (M/BWEs), and launching the Women Entrepreneurs NYC initiative (WE NYC).Read more
One of the broader strategies towards increasing the economic security of women and families is improving the wages and quality of working conditions in jobs where women are highly concentrated, including jobs in the fast food industry and domestic work. These efforts include increasing the minimum wage, increasing protections and resources regarding wage theft and overtime pay, and expanding paid sick and family leave.Read more
Immigrants are the backbone of many New York City neighborhoods. For centuries, immigrants have brought with them new ideas, culture, and entrepreneurial energy. Between 1990 and 2000, foreign-born workers accounted for nearly all of the growth among self-employed New Yorkers, which has had a tremendous impact on the local economy. As new immigrant populations arrive in NYC, adjustments need to be made across the public sector to meet their changing needs.Read more
Women’s economic security is more critical than ever, as they are the sole or primary earner for 40% of American households with children under the age of 18. A challenge that women face in attaining economic security is the gender wage gap. The gender wage gap highlights earning disparities between women and their white, male professional counterparts. Across the United States, women make about 78 cents compared to their white, male counterparts.Read more
Entrepreneurship is a path that can provide great economic potential for women, and it is also a critical point of growth for local economies, but it remains a privilege as there are still many barriers that hinder women’s abilities to successfully pursue this venture. Despite much growth, particularly for African American women business owners who have grown 322% since 1977, making them the fast growing group of entrepreneurs in the U.S., women remain only half as likely as men to start a business.Read more
This week, the House of Representatives passed the Ruth Moore Act of 2015, which will ease the process of getting help from the Department of Veterans Affairs for veterans who are survivors of military sexual trauma (MST).Read more
This week, the House of Representatives passed the Ruth Moore Act of 2015, which will ease the process of getting help from the Department of Veterans Affairs for veterans who are survivors of military sexual trauma (MST). A challenge that sexual assault survivors in the military have faced is the burden of proof for sexual assault, which often results in further barriers that prevent them from gaining access to resources and benefits.Read more
This past Thursday, protestors hit the streets calling out for a living wage, construction of new homeless shelters, and space in affordable housing units for shelter residents. The protest was organized to publicize the fact that homelessness in the city has reached its highest point since the Great Depression, with 60,000 New Yorkers, 25,000 of them children, sleeping in homeless shelters every night.Read more
On Thursday, the YWCA of Queens hosted a discussion on the issue of Sex and Labor Trafficking in New York City. The panel included Rita Abadi, Clinician and Operations Manager, Mount Sinai Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention; Mary Caparas, Project Free (Anti-Human Trafficking Project) Manager, New York Asian Women’s Center; and Jimmy Lee, the Executive Director at Restore NYC.Read more
This past week, the White House held its Conference on Aging, which has been hosted each decade since the 1960s to discuss the most pressing issues facing older adults. This year, recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act, Medicare, and Medicaid, and the 80th anniversary of Social Security, the conference brought together older Americans, caregivers, advocates, community leaders and experts from across the country to discuss retirement security, healthy aging, long-term services and supports, and elder justice.Read more
Strong policies that provide protections at home and in the workplace are critical to the economic security of women and families. These laws must be strictly enforced and effectively circulated in order to reach those who are most in need. Despite great progress for women, there is still much work that needs to be done as women and girls remain susceptible to unacceptable rates of gender discrimination and violence.Read more
The Nail Salon Worker’s Campaign addresses issues across a variety of areas including reproductive and environmental justice, and immigrant, labor, and women’s rights. Activists, including NYWF Grantee Partner Adhikaar, have been working to highlight and address the conditions faced by nail salon workers for almost a decade.Read more
On Thursday, June 18, 2015 our Director of Strategic Learning, Erin McDonald, PhD testified at the Fast Food Wage Board hearing. As a philanthropic partner, we are committed to supporting policies that create more just working environments for low-income women. Previously, we have supported ROC New York in their work to improve wages for restaurant workers and A Better Balance in their successful efforts to pass paid sick leave legislation for for all workers in New York City.Read more
One of the largest workforces in the United States is the fast food industry which employs 4 million people nationwide. There has been a growing activist movement around the wages received by these workers, as 52% of fast food workers receive some form of public assistance.Read more
This week, there have been many public discussions around diversity in leadership including NiemanReports’ Race and Reporting: The case for more inclusive newsrooms, Harvard Business Review’s Qualified Black Women Are Being Held Back from Management, Forbes’A New Take on Global Journalism, Led By Women, and the #BlackWomenAreLeaders hashtag on Twitter started by NYWF’s Celebrating Women Breakfast honoree, Patrisse Cullors. We are pleased to see these conversations happening and hope that people across all sectors are listening and reflecting on how they can further their commitment to creating more inclusive leadership. We know we are.Read more
This week, there have been many public discussions around diversity in leadership including NiemanReports’ Race and Reporting: The case for more inclusive newsrooms, Harvard Business Review’s Qualified Black Women Are Being Held Back from Management, Forbes’ A New Take on Global Journalism, Led By Women, and the #BlackWomenAreLeaders hashtag on Twitter started by NYWF’s Celebrating Women Breakfast honoree, Patrisse Cullors.Read more
As we as a nation make strides in our understanding of the challenges facing transgender people, it is important to highlight the policy successes and community work being done to support this population. The New York Women’s Foundation proudly supports community-based organizations working to meet the health, safety, and economic needs of transgender individuals across New York City.Read more
The New York Women’s Foundation (NYWF) announced a total of $3,250,000 in grants awarded to 57 organizations across New York City as a part of The Foundation’s Spring 2015 grant cycle.Read more
We hosted our 28th annual Celebrating Women Breakfast on Thursday, May 14th. Our annual breakfast is New York City’s premiere women’s empowerment event, bringing together over 2,100 women acting as change agents in their communities, and supporters who help to ensure that over $6 million in grants can be provided to the 80 community-based, women-led, non-profit organizations throughout New York City in 2015.Read more
On a sunny Saturday morning in July, the East New York Farmers’ Market bustled with activity. Vibrant music filled the block between New Lots Avenue and Schenck Avenue as community residents participated in a zumba class. Others thronged the food stalls run by neighbors, choosing from a wide selection of locally grown produce.Read more
Robert Corder of Boom!Health NYC and Eileen Newman of Center for Bronx Nonprofits at Hostos tells Bronx Net more about Boom!Health’s rebranding and how it is helping the Bronx Community.Read more
New York, NY – The New York Women’s Foundation (NYWF) today announced a total of $2,515,000 in grants awarded to 40 organizations across New York City as a part of The Foundation’s 2014 Spring funding.Read more
The Boogie Down Booth, which opened on Wednesday is the second installation of an initiative called Under the Elevated, which seeks to reclaim some of the space underneath New York City’s nearly 700 miles of elevated track. NYWF grantee partner, WHEDCo, helped to open the Boogie Down Booth as part of a larger revitalization of the South Bronx.Read more
We are ever so proud to announce the appointment of our own NYWF Alumnae, Rosemonde Pierre-Louis as Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence. Mayor de Blasio could not have chosen a stronger leader to take that role!Read more
This past November, we invited 10 of our grantee partners to partake in a policy discussion on Advancing Economic Justice for Women and Families in New York City at the Talking Transition tentRead more
New York, NY – The New York Women’s Foundation (NYWF) today announced a total of $2,305,000 in grants awarded to 32 organizations across New York City as a part of The Foundation’s Fall 2013 grant cycle. This latest cycle of funding rounds out a record grant making year for the Foundation, having awarded a total of $5,250,000 in 2013 – the most amount of grants awarded since NYWF was founded over 26 years ago.Read more
11.7.13 – New Yorkers now have a new mayor, so we are all coming to the table, engaging our communities and Talking Transition. Talking Transition is an open conversation about the future of New York City. The conversation will spread across the city – from an open tent filled with events on Canal Street opening this Saturday, to mobile “tents” that will be setup in public spaces throughout the boroughs, to online forums on talkingtransitionnyc.com.Read more
The New York Women’s Foundation (NYWF) and AARP New York released an analysis report on the issues concerning New York City’s women voters 50+, and hosted a panel discussion with five of New York City’s leading aging experts and advocates to talk about the issues important to women voters.Read more
The New York Women’s Foundation announces $2,470,000 in grant awards to support 43 women-led, community-based organizations, reflecting our commitment to strategically invest in solutions that promote economic justice for women and families in New York City.Read more
(NEW YORK, NY.) In an unprecedented look at the economic, health and well-being of New York City’s four million women and girls, The New York Women’s Foundation today released a report revealing that many women of means live side by side with women who struggle to provide for themselves and more often in trying to support their families.Read more
We are pleased to present The New York Women’s Foundation’s gender budget analysis “Closing the Window of Opportunity: The Impact of the Governor’s Proposed 2013-14 New York State Budget on New York City’s Women, Youth and Families. ”Read more
The New York Women’s Foundation is proud to announce an unprecedented $5,250,000 in funding to support 96 women-led, community-based organizations, reflecting our commitment to strategically invest in solutions that promote economic security and justice for women and families in New York City.Read more
For 25 years, The New York Women’s Foundation has stood for the safety of women and families. We have funded community based nonprofits that work to eliminate violence, help rebuild families torn apart by violence, and advocate for laws that prevent, protect, and punish the perpetrators of violent acts. We have grown to understand the complex issues and challenges of poverty and violence that women and families have had to overcome.Read more
THE HURRICANE SANDY RESPONSE & RECOVERY GRANTMAKING CYCLE IS NOW CLOSED.
Application deadline: Wednesday, December 5, 2012Read more
The New York Times article “Staying with Children and Out of Prison” reports on how our grantee partner, Housing + Solutions, helped launch a pilot program created by the office of the Brooklyn district attorney, Charles J. Hynes. Drew House is a residential alternative to incarceration, where mothers facing incarceration can live with their school’age children in a non–secured facility. The program is the first of its kind in New York City and the nation. Read moreRead more
One of the founders of the New York Women’s Foundation, Alice Cardona, was a formidable woman. One of the most important activists of the Puerto Rican community, she dedicated her life to the service of others. For more than a decade, she was the Deputy Director of the Women’s Division of New York and a fierce campaigner against domestic violence and the impact of Aids in the Hispanic community.Read more
In January 2010 the Mayor Bloomberg appointed two leading experts on youth and families, Ana Oliveira, President & CEO of the New York Women’s Foundation and David Banks of the Eagle Academy Foundation to co–lead a steering committee to investigate the barriers that black and Latino young men encounter, and create a plan of action to meet the challenges.Read more
Our grantee partner SWAN (Service Women’s Action Network) made news again. SWAN plays a critical role in getting fairer treatment for women veterans who have faced gender–based violence in the military. Read the New York Times editorial “Justice for Women Veterans” which wholeheartedly supports SWAN’s advocacy.Read more
Congratulations to our grantee partner SWAN, whose tireless efforts on behalf of women veterans continue to yield big impacts. The Ms. Magazine blog reports that the Veterans Affairs Office “Decides To Trust Women about PTSD.” According to the agency it will ease its ‘standards of proof’ for sexual assault-related disabilities.
The New York Women’s Foundation held its annual toast to honor our outstanding supporters and partners for their extraordinary work and contributions to advancing the work of The Foundation. For 25 years NYWF has funded groups working to bring economic security to women and girls in communities from the Bronx to Brooklyn. With our community of dedicated supporters we will walk hand–in–hand to transform the lives of women and girls in New York City.
Following the tragic death of Nazish Noorani, Turning Point, an organization working directly with the New York Muslim community speaks to the critical importance of fighting intimate partner violence.
Three of our grantee partners, The Urban Justice Center, Community Voices Heard, and Good Old Lower East Side partnered with other community groups to conduct a major survey of public housing residents in 71 public housing developments across the city. The newly released report card shows that public housing in New York City is in crisis, failing to meet the needs of its residentsRead more
The New York Women’s Foundation, in partnership with the Fiscal Policy Institute, is proud to release a new gender budget analysis report, “A Harder Struggle, Fewer Opportunities: The Impact of the Governor’s Proposed Budget on Women, Children and Families”. This report reveals the disproportionate burden placed on New York City’s women across racial lines in the executive state budget proposal and offers specific recommendations for alternatives.Read more
This public education forum brought together philanthropists and activists to discuss the role of women as leaders in their communities.Read more
On a Wednesday morning in November, Dr. Diaz, director of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, addressed more than 100 health care providers, advocates, funders, and young people at a forum at Brooklyn Borough Hall confronting the alarming rise of HIV/AIDS among young women of color in New York City.Read more
A recent U.S. Conference of Mayors study shows that 57percent of homeless families identified domestic violence as primary cause of homelessness. This statistic, which links family violence to the enormous burdens accompanying homelessness, reveals why many battered women do not leave the batterer.On March 6th, The New York Women’s Foundation addressed this issue in its fourth annual Public Forum, “Unlocking the Door: Creative Solutions to Domestic Violence,” at the Center for New York City Affairs and the Nonprofit Management Program at the New School University’s Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy.Read more
On February 26, 2002 The New York Women’s Foundation (NYWF) held its third annual Public Forum, entitled “Women on Welfare: Where are They Going?” Representatives from NYWF grantees Urban Justice Center, Welfare Rights Initiative, and Make the Road by Walking appeared with Trudi Renwick, an economist with the Fiscal Policy Institute, and Dr. Frances Fox Piven, a nationally renowned social welfare policy scholar.Read more
The Foundation awarded $4.135 million in grants for the first half of 2018, to 43 organizations that address the complex needs faced by women, girls, trans and gender fluid individuals and families living at or below the poverty level in New York City.
More than 2,000 of New York’s most prominent and promising women joined The New York Women’s Foundation (The Foundation) for its 31st Celebrating Women® Breakfast on May 10, 2018. The annual event honors extraordinary women who, through their careers, activism and philanthropy, are at the forefront of the fight for social justice and women’s rights.Read more
In this moment of national dialogue and activism about gender-based violence, The New York Women’s Foundation (The Foundation) is launching a Fund to support the work of Tarana Burke, Founder and Leader of the ‘me too.’ movement and organizations working to end sexual violence.Read more
The New York Women’s Foundation and Ms. Foundation for Women joined members of Prosperity Together, a nonpartisan partnership of 32 public U.S. women’s foundations located in 26 states and Washington, D.C., to announce Year 2 Two (2017) results of its collective five-year, $100 million funding commitment to ensure economic security for low-income women and their families across the country. This month, in alignment with Women’s History Month, the partnership is leveraging social media channels (Twitter, Facebook) each week to share successes and engage the public at #ProsperityTogether.Read more
Radical Generosity at Work will engage employees by offering a simple and direct way to become philanthropists that impact communities where they live and work. Funds raised through the initiative will underwrite local workforce development, a proven way to help expand access to professional opportunities for women of color entering the workforce, and the best way to ensure that women and their families have the means to move toward economic security.Read more
As a proud key leader of Prosperity Together, a nonpartisan partnership of 32 public U.S. women’s foundations, we are excited to share the Year Two Impact Report. In the second year of this five-year, $100 million funding commitment, the collective has already achieved 58% of its goal with $58,421,499 being invested in economic security for low-income women and their families across the country.Read more
The New York Women’s Foundation (The Foundation) announced an additional $4,210,000 in grants for 2017, awarded to 69 organizations throughout New York City. The recipients pursue strategies and offer services integral to producing long-lasting change for women and girls across a range of issues through individual transformation, community engagement, mobilization, and systemic reform.Read more
Women’s economic security is more critical than ever with now more than two-thirds of American households being supported by women as the primary or co-breadwinner. And yet, the racial and gender wage gaps persist with Black women in the U.S. making 64 cents and Latina women making 54 cents as compared to their white male counterparts for the same work. New York has made great progress on advancing economic security for women and families, and yet there is much work to be done.Read more
Twenty-two grassroots organizations have been awarded a combined total of $1,000,000, the first recipients of Resilience-NYC grants from The New York Women’s Foundation, it was announced today by Ana Oliveira, The Foundation’s President and CEO.Read more
Members of Prosperity Together, a nonpartisan coalition of 29 public women’s foundations dedicated to empowering low-income women and their families, are joining together for a #GivingTuesday campaign. #GivingTuesday is a one-day initiative on November 28 that encourages collective action and philanthropy throughout the world as the season of giving (and shopping) begins.Read more
On the October 28 episode of “Give,” NBC’s reality show highlighting the work of small charities making a big impact and its first episode to highlight women’s philanthropy, celebrity ambassador and Food Network personality Sunny Anderson visits two New York charities building expansive futures for girls and women.Read more
The New York Women’s Foundation honored four leaders from the fields of philanthropy, health and criminal justice at its 2017 Fall Gala at The Plaza on October 2.Read more
The New York Women’s Foundation (The Foundation) honored four inspiring Manhattan women at its Neighborhood Dinner on September 19th.Read more
Each year, Ms. Shafiroff brings together a diverse group of women leaders to discuss pressing social issues confronted by The Foundation and its grantee partners.Read more
Awards 37 organizations working to advance economic security and justice for women and families across NYCRead more
In its first-ever round of grants, the Girls IGNITE! Grantmaking Fellows, a group of racially and culturally diverse teenage girls and gender-fluid youths, have awarded $30,000 to seven community-based organizations to help address some of the most pressing social issues faced in their community.Read more
It’s time to put an end to the ongoing misery of the Rikers Island jails. Doing so will require wholesale justice reform and investments in community programs to divert people out of the system in the first place.Read more
Twenty-five enthusiastic but slightly wary young women signed on for a free introductory United Women Firefighters (UWF) Training Program Open House last month in New York City. During the four-hour event, co-sponsored by The New York Women’s Foundation, participants learned not only about the type of fire-retardant gloves they are required to wear, but where to buy the 50-pound weighted packs they’ll need for training, as well as key details about filling out forms and decoding other New York Fire Department (FDNY) expectations.Read more
Our 6th article in partnership with Women’s eNews, IN FOCUS: Eye on Changemakers, profiles LaLa Zannell, Lead Organizer at the New York Chapter of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs.Read more
According to the New York Women’s Foundation, Queens is the epicenter for trafficking on the East Coast due to its large population of vulnerable immigrants who do not have family, face language barriers, and struggle trying to find a job. All of these factors easily lead many victims into the hands of exploiters.Read more
The New York Women’s Foundation is always worth keeping an eye on, as a longtime leader in funding for gender equity and related issues.Read more
The New York Women’s Foundation welcomed 7 new board members to their Board of Directors.Read more
Our board member, Grainne McNamara, talks about the intersection of philanthropy and the corporate world. This is the 4th article for In Focus: Eye on Changemakers, a collaboration between Women’s eNews and The Foundation.
Not long ago, Tarana Burke took the podium in a hotel ballroom full of admirers — a scenario that’s become somewhat familiar this past year — and told a favorite childhood tale about the time she was forced to run a three-legged race with a cousin who wasn’t, like her, competitive or athletic.Read more
The New York Women’s Foundation announced $4.1 million in grants to 43 organizations working with poor people. The individual amounts range from $40,000 to $150,000 and cover a variety of programs focused on violence, sexual rights, poverty and other issues, according to a June 21 press release.Read more
City & State has recognized 5o people in the LGBT community who are key players in the world of New York politics and government. Our President and CEO, Ana Oliveira, is included in this list for her dedication and work in steering The Foundation to invest more heavily in working with programs that support LGBT minorities.Read more
This week’s The Last Sip explores diversity, immigration, and travel trends for people of color. Host Imara Jones catches up with Jorge Rivas, Spliter National Affairs Correspondent, Katrina Jones, Vimeo’s Director of Inclusion, Joah Spearman, CEO of Localeur, and Ana Oliveira of the NY Women’s Foundation.Read more
The New York Women’s Foundation will soon start making five- and six-figure grants through a new fund dedicated to advancing the #MeToo movement and bolstering frequently overlooked community activist like Tarana Burke.Read more
Imara, a veteran journalist and media expert as well as a transgendered woman of color has created “The Last Sip,” a steady stream of in-depth insights and interviews that include people not featured nearly often enough on mainstream news broadcasts.Read more
Hosted by Women’s eNews Executive Director Lori Sokol, Women’s eNews Live presents the most important and urgent issues affecting women and girls today. From politics, religion, economics and health, to science, education, sports and legislation, guests include notable experts discussing each of these topics in a live format.Read more
The New York Women’s Foundation threw its weight behind the #MeToo effort against sexual harassment and assault by announcing the creation of a $1 million fund to support the movement and its allies, they announced at a recent fundraiser.Read more
This year’s honorees, Tarana Burke, Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw and The New York Community Trust and its president, Lorie A. Slutsky, stand out as advocates for ending sexual violence, protecting civil liberties, furthering gender equality and supporting non profit organizations that are the backbones of communities.Read more
As the global conversation on gender-based violence continues to gain momentum, The New York Women’s Foundation is stepping up to fund more of this unprecedented social change.Read more
This summer, me too. and Girls for Gender Equity are launching an online community for survivors, allies, and advocates to provide resources for healing, preventative measures for communities, and more so that we can all live in a safer world.Read more
Tarana Burke and her MeToo movement are getting a financial boost for their work fighting sexual violence. The New York Women’s Foundation said it has raised an initial $1 million for a fund to support Burke and the movement she founded 12 years ago, with a goal of raising at least $2 million a year.Read more
Tarana Burke and the #MeToo movement have been awarded $1 million from The New York Women’s Foundation to continue their fight against sexual assault. Ana Oliveira, president of the foundation, said she doesn’t want #MeToo to just be “a moment,” rather a movement “supported in a sustainable manner.”Read more
Latinas on the Verge of Excellence, a.k.a. L.O.V.E. mentoring program. Founded in fall, 2012 by Claudia Espinosa, this NYWF-funded organization partners with New York City schools to address the specific challenges that high school girls face as Latinas.Read more
Burke said on Wednesday the new funding will help with the continuing work of MeToo and will help people understand the movement is expansive and is “not about one person.” She called the collaboration with the foundation “a new model,” and she hailed the group for “trusting in the people who do the work to know what’s best and who’s best served by the resources.”Read more
Take a handful of startling statistics, add a dynamic Colombian immigrant with a vision of helping young women fulfill their dreams, and you’ve got Latinas on the Verge of Excellence, a.k.a. L.O.V.E. mentoring program. Founded in fall, 2012 by Claudia Espinosa, this NYWF-funded organization partners with New York City schools to address the specific challenges that high school girls face as Latinas.Read more
Participatory grantmaking is a powerful tool with enormous potential to change how we think about and carry out philanthropy. That’s why, for more than three decades, it has been the cornerstone of The New York Women’s Foundation’s approach to funding. We have deployed it successfully to award more than $66 million to local, women-led organizations working to disrupt the cycles of poverty, and gender and racial injustice in their communities.Read more
The New York Women’s Foundation has announced fall 2017 grants totaling more than $4.2 million to organizations in New York City pursuing strategies and providing services that are integral to producing long-lasting change for women and girls.Read more
Ana Oliveira, the president and CEO of the New York Women’s Foundation, sums it up: “We are being exposed to individual behaviors, but we know the culture of those institutions and the culture at large have condoned those individual behaviors. Not only condoned, but enabled.”Read more
Our nation is continuing to reckon with our culture of rape and violence. You can read about our perspective on the situation and insights from some of our grantee partners in this Huffington Post blog.Read more
“Paid parental leave must be a basic right to support families and reduce inequality for all municipal employees.” says Ana Oliveira, President and CEO of The New York Women’s Foundation in a Letter to the Editor in response to “Parental Leave Omits Teachers,” by Ginia Bellafante (Big City column, Dec. 3).Read more
Two female-led investor groups are lining up to save the Weinstein Company, which has been straining to avoid bankruptcy since dozens of allegations of sexual harassment and rape were made against co-owner Harvey Weinstein.Read more
A coalition of filmmakers, activists, philanthropists and investors is exploring the possibility of buying assets from the film company and directing the profits to groups that serve survivors of assault, harassment and discrimination.Read more
If Killer is successful, the expectation is that Weinstein Co. would cease to exist as a company. Management of Weinstein Co.’s film development and library would be largely handled by Killer Films principals Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler, both respected veterans of the indie film biz. The New York Women’s Foundation, a public foundation with more than 10,000 donors, including blue-chip corporate backers, would handle the distribution of profits from Weinstein Co. titles to various non-profit organizations.Read more
Under the draft plan, The New York Women’s Foundation would be tasked with holding and distributing proceeds to other organizations. “The idea that we could transform these assets into generating opportunities for safety, opportunities for solutions, is an extremely powerful idea,” said NYWF President Ana Oliveira. “We do have the means to translate this cultural uproar into sustainable change over time.”Read more
The New York Women’s Foundation’s marked their 30th anniversary with Neighborhood Gatherings in all 5 boroughs. Our Gathering in Staten Island was featured in NY1.Read more
Staten Islanders care about their community, especially when it comes to issues facing women and families. That message was heard loud and clear Wednesday night during a neighborhood conversation sponsored by The New York Women’s Foundation.Read more
In 2016, The New York Women’s Foundation and the YWCA of the City of New York partnered to create the Girls IGNITE Grantmaking Fellowship and put the power of participatory grant-making into the hands of those who would be most directly affected – namely, in this instance, culturally diverse girls and gender-fluid youth.Read more
There are about 1.3 million people of color with fortunes of at least $1 million in the U.S., but little is being done to engage them in philanthropy, according to a report compiled by a group calling itself the People of Color Donor Collaborative which includes Board alumnae, Hali Lee and Tuhina De O’Connor.Read more
The New York Women’s Foundation’s Generosity Awards Gala at The Plaza honoring Emmett Carson, Dr. Angela Diaz, Verna Eggleston and Hon. Jonathan Lippman received coverage in The New York Times Style Section.Read more
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s opinion about whether to shut down the Rikers Island jail complex has shifted significantly in less than a year – thanks in part to the efforts of nonprofits serving on the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform, and the persistence of its chairman, former state Court of Appeals Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman.Read more
The New York Women’s Foundation’s President and CEO, Ana L. Oliveira has been named a member of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s newly launched New York State Council on Women and Girls, whose mission it is to ensure that the rights and needs of women and girls are taken into consideration in policies and programs across New York State agencies, initiatives, and other efforts.
Grants were awarded to thirty-seven nonprofits working in the foundation’s core areas of economic security, anti-violence and safety, health, sexual rights, and reproductive justice, and most encompass key change strategies, including individual transformation, community engagement, and grassroots mobilization.Read more
New York State may be raising the age of criminal responsibility, but women inmates of all ages are in need of help and reform now. An inside and intimate look at their life behind bars.Read more
A study released last month in the journal Science found that by age six, girls are already less likely to see themselves and other girls and women to be as brilliant and capable as boys. While this applied to girls regardless of race and income, a report released by The New York Women’s Foundation highlights the particular challenges faced by low-income girls, particularly immigrant girls and girls of color, and the critical need to support their mothers and caretakers in order to promote their progress.Read more
Saturday morning, anti-abortion protests were held in multiple cities across the United States to urge President Trump to follow through on his promises to defund Planned Parenthood. It’s been nearly a month since the rallying cry that was the Women’s March—originally organized in direct response to the new administration’s attacks on reproductive rights and general disregard for the sovereignty of women’s bodies. As long-time activists know, taking to the streets, while effective, is just a jumping off point for both small and large actions that need to be taken every day to ensure that human rights are respected here and abroad.Read more
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.
Here’s a statistic you might not know but will ﬁnd appalling: One in every three women experience abuse in her lifetime. That comes out to more than a billion women globally. With the election spotlighting—for better or worse—gender inequality and sexual assault, organizations helping women are seeing an enormous inﬂux of requests for services and support. Now, Bon Iver has teamed up with The New York Women’s Foundation…Read more
This week’s issue of Time Out New York is all about activism—you know, the ways in which New Yorkers can help speak up and ﬁght for those who need it. Here are a few ways to do just that.
Policy-wise, women in New York have it better than those in other places around the country (in terms of ease in obtaining birth control and abortion services), but…Read more
Low-income girls in New York City face a precarious future even before they hit their tweens, according to a report set to be released Tuesday.
The study by the New York Women’s Foundation found that by age 8, a “solid segment” of black and Latina girls start to struggle with malnutrition, obesity or asthma.Read more
This fall, 15 racially and culturally diverse teenage girls and gender-ﬂuid youth became the ﬁrst recipients of the Girls IGNITE Grantmaking Fellowship, a partnership between The New York Women’s Foundation (The Foundation) and the YWCA of the City of New York (YW) to empower the next generation through philanthropic education and giving. The fellows are exploring social justice issues, leadership, advocacy, peer…Read more
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…Read more
Since 2006, under Ana Oliveira’s leadership, the grant-making of what is billed as the largest women’s fund in the country increased from $1.7 million to $6 million to help women and girls in poverty across New York City.
Oliveira talked about the foundation’s philosophy about philanthropy and how she encourages donors and foundations to support riskier…Read more
Its Gala Season in NYC…
Important Charities and Not-for-Profits who serve the community in significant ways present sparkling Benefit Galas – vying for recognition and funds.
Headlining the sold-out benefit for the Irish Arts Center at Cipriani 42nd Street, the “Spirit of Ireland”, was the beloved Irish-born musician Hozier (Andrew Hozier-Byrne), His sincere deep melodic sounds delighted the audience.
Despite summerlike temperatures, the fall social calendar was in full swing. The Frick Collection held its autumn dinner on Oct. 17 at its Upper East Side house. Keep a Child Alive, co-founded by Alicia Keys, hosted its annual ball on Oct. 19 at the Hammerstein Ballroom, raising $2 million for H.I.V. care in sub-Saharan Africa. The National Committee on American Foreign Policy held a dinner on Oct. 19 at the Metropolitan Club. And the New York Women’s Foundation, which bills itself as the nation’s largest women’s grant-making fund, presented its fall gala at the Plaza Hotel on Oct. 13.Read more
On Thursday, October 13th, The New York Women’s Foundation hosted its 2016 Fall Gala, which honored three women who have dedicated their lives to empowering others. The honorees included, Saru Jayaraman, Co-Founder & Co-Director of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United; Dina Habib Powell, Head of Goldman Sachs’ Impact Investing Business and President of The Goldman Sachs Foundation; and Laurie M. Tisch, the President of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund. With 300 guests in attendance, this celebration raised nearly $600,000 to support The Foundation’s mission to achieve sustained economic security and justice for New York City’s undeserved women and girls.Read more
On Thursday, October 13, the New York Women’s Foundation honored three of the City’s most socially conscious ladies at their 2016 fall gala held at The Plaza. The honorees included Saru Jayaraman, co-founder & co-director of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, Dina Habib Powell, head of Goldman Sachs’ Impact Investing Business and president of The Goldman Sachs Foundation, and Laurie M. Tisch, the president of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.Read more
The New York Women’s Foundation honored three of the city’s most socially conscious women at its 2016 Fall Gala last week: Saru Jayaraman, co-founder and co-director of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United; Dina Habib Powell, head of Goldman Sachs’ Impact Investing Business and president of The Goldman Sachs Foundation; and Laurie M. Tisch, the President of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.Read more
Ana Oliveira is the President and CEO of the New York Women’s Foundation. Since 2006, under Ana Oliveira’s leadership, the grant-making of what is billed as the largest women’s fund in the country increased from $1.7 million to $6 million to help women and girls in poverty across New York City. Oliveira joined us to talk about the foundation’s philosophy about philanthropy and how she encourages donors and foundations to support riskier causes.Read more
The New York Women’s Foundation honored three of the city’s most socially conscious citizens at its 2016 Fall Gala at The Plaza. The honorees, Saru Jayaraman, Co-Founder & Co-Director of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United; Dina Habib Powell, Head of Goldman Sachs’ Impact Investing Business and President of The Goldman Sachs Foundation; and Laurie M. Tisch, the President of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, are extraordinary women who have dedicated their lives to empowering others.Read more
New York plays host to some of the most glamorous gala events where local philanthropists and nonprofit colleagues gather to learn about and support critical causes. We know your organizations put a lot of effort into producing these essential events so NYN Media is excited to highlight your successes…
New York – The New York Women’s Foundation (The Foundation) honored six outstanding Queens women who lead at its September 22nd Neighborhood Dinner. Martha Baker, Barbara Wynne, Katherine H. Kim, Patricia Simon, Nataly Rubio-Torio and Andrea Ormeño were recognized for their outstanding contributions to community and their work promoting social change. More than 200 people attended the dinner held at LaGuardia Community College, which raised $200,000 for The Foundation.Read more
The New York Women’s Foundation gave its annual Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award to Andrea Ormeño from the Queens Economic Development Corporation on Sept. 22. 2016.
Ormeño, who is the Director of QEDC’s Women’s Business Center, was praised for her efforts to help female entrepreneurs launch and/or improve their businesses. The Queens College graduate is a leading expert on permits and licensing laws in New York State and teaches classes on start-up strategies and procedures. Plus, she leads QEDC’s Spanish-language efforts.Read more
Issues related to police violence and community-police relations have received national attention in recent years due to events in places like Staten Island, Cleveland and Ferguson, Missouri. However, nonprofit organizations like the Justice Committee (Comite de Justicia), which has been working since the 1980s to help support families affected by police brutality and racial violence, know the challenge of these issues has been with us for a long time.Read more
On Thursday, September 8th, The New York Women’s Foundation held their annual luncheon hosted by author and philanthropist Jean Shafiroff. Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem, moderated a panel discussion between prominent female philanthropists Laurie Tisch of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund and Anne Delaney, founder of the Starry Night Fund and the Lambent Foundation. New York’s notables from the worlds of business, nonprofits and philanthropy attended the invitation-only event, a prelude to the Foundation’s October gala.Read more
Women’s philanthropy and how it can further art as a means of social justice was the topic of conversation at The New York Women’s Foundation Luncheon hosted by author and philanthropist Jean Shafiroff at Le Cirque in New York City on September 8th. Thelma Golden, mover and shaker of the art world and Director and Chief Curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem moderated a panel discussion between prominent female philanthropists Laurie M. Tisch of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund and Anne E. Delaney, founder of the Starry Night Fund and the Lambent Foundation. The panelists were invited by Ms. Shafiroff to explore the ways that women, through philanthropy, can advance causes and affect change.Read more
Deb Gordon’s guest was Ana Oliveira President and CEO of The New York Women’s Foundation, a women-led alliance dedicated to funding and fostering economic security and justice for underserved women and girls, including transgender women.
Now in its 30th year, The Foundation has distributed over $50 million and impacted millions of women and girls in poverty across New York City, and Ms. Oliveira stressed the importance of investing in young women and girls of color.Read more
Women working in the nonprofit sector are not the first source that business people would look to for advice, but they should be.
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.
Here’s some good news this week, in case you need a little cheering up: The Obama administration hosted the first-ever United State of Women Summit in Washington, D.C. With Michelle Obama and Oprah headlining the event, this convergence included many old and new fighters for gender equality including Darren Walker, Gloria Steinem, Matt McGorry and Amy Poehler.Read more
I am Ana Oliveira, President and CEO of The New York Women’s Foundation. It is an honor to stand here today with my colleagues from women’s foundations around our country to share how we are creating solutions.
Last November, we came together at the White House to announce Prosperity Together. Prosperity Together is a partnership of 27 women’s foundations who – together – committed $100 million dollars over 5 years to support economic well-being for all women and families in the United States.Read more
Tomorrow, ahead of the first-ever United State of Women Summit, the Obama administration, private-sector companies, foundations and organizations are announcing $50 million in commitments, along with new policies, tools and partnerships that will continue to expand opportunity for women and girls.Read more
An investment of $100 million has the potential to create many, diverse solutions to a social problem. But funding that goes toward one issue in particular — women’s economic security — has the power to multiply change.
Women’s economic well-being is inextricably linked to their health (including their sexual and reproductive freedom), their participation in the work force, and their ability to raise and support families. There are intergenerational benefits to increasing women’s earnings and economic independence, including a decrease in maternal mortality and in cycles of violence. There is an important ripple effect in communities where women have access to the resources to lift themselves up.Read more