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
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
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
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 (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
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