As winter approaches, we have a grantmaking round up for you—as fall was an extraordinary season for The New York Women’s Foundation.
On October 15, we announced the first recipients of The Fund to Support the Me Too Movement and Allies grants, celebrated the first anniversary of the Me Too Movement going viral and some of its most prominent advocates, and recognized women leaders changing the world through their work and their lives at our 2018 Radical Generosity gala. Click here to read our coverage in AP.
When we first announced the creation of The Me Too and Allies Fund and our partnership with Tarana Burke, founder and leader of the ‘me too.’ Movement at our Celebrating Women® Breakfast in May, our aim was to ensure that the momentum spurred by a hashtag would be sustained. We could not have predicted the events to come, as countless stories of sexual harassment and violence would come to light and force a reckoning.
The pervasiveness and force of those tales underscored the potential of The Foundation’s long-held mandate of supporting women leaders engaged in building transformational movements and investing in community-led solutions that confront gender violence. With Ms. Burke, we took our mandate nationwide and awarded grants to eight organizations around the country achieving their goals of justice and the healing of survivors by promoting women’s leadership and addressing the underlying causes of gender violence.
For this 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. 2 • Equality Labs – National • FreeFrom – Los Angeles, CA • The Firecracker Foundation – Lansing, MI • The “me too.” Movement – National • Violence Intervention Program – New York City.
On October 17, we launched The Justice Fund, a new collaboration to help dismantle mass incarceration and the first of its kind initiative in the U.S. to engage in criminal justice reform through a lens of gender and racial equity. Read more about our fund at Inside Philanthropy.
Part of a seven-year grantmaking and philanthropic mobilization effort, this initiative focuses specifically on incarceration and its effects on women, girls and trans and gender non-conforming communities. When women are jailed, the impact is far reaching, and destabilizes families and entire communities, yet gender-specific solutions and long-term solutions for women and families involved in the criminal justice system remain elusive.
To counter this, The Foundation is investing in community-based and cross-sector solutions that significantly decrease the involvement of women and families in all phases and aspects of the justice system. Among our key priorities are the early closing of Rose M. Singer and investing in alternatives that promote justice, safety and overall well-being for these communities.
On November 8, The Foundation released the final installment of our Voices From The Field reports, Blueprint for Investing in Women Ages 25-59. In it, we explored the position, strengths, needs, and best strategies for promoting the wellbeing and progress of New York City women across the full span of their lifetimes. Click here to read the report.
We also celebrated the accomplishments of three of Brooklyn’s most inspiring women leaders at our 2018 Neighborhood Dinner in the borough on November 15. Click here to see photos from the evening and here to read more about the amazing women that we celebrated!