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We build women’s collective power in the U.S.

our work

We don’t just write a check and move on.

We provide strategic assistance that builds leadership, strengthens organizations and seeds long-term solutions.

Our Approach & Partners

We center women and girls of color.

We know that those most affected by systemic oppression have the solutions. We believe in honoring their voices and supporting their leadership. 


The work of our foundation and our grantees has moved culture, policy and society in new and positive directions.

Stemming from the Pocket Change study, the Ms. Foundation convened a Women’s Council of Indigenous leadership to understand how such funding discrepancies are a direct byproduct of colonization and institutional systems, identify vital funding needs for Native women, and how to shift the philanthropic paradigm to one that prioritizes Native communities.

Transforming Philanthropy, Prioritizing Women and Girls of Color


The Ms. Foundation released our landmark Pocket Change report which revealed that the total philanthropic giving to women and girls of color is just $5.48 per year for each woman or girl of color in the U.S., accounting for just 0.5% of the total $66.9 billion given by foundations.

Transforming Philanthropy, Prioritizing Women and Girls of Color


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Your donation to the Ms. Foundation helps us provide essential support, funding and resources to more than 100 organizations across the country. We select grantees that together, build momentum for change. If you’re concerned about women and girls; if you think we need to invest in their future; if you want to have a real hand in making things better — donate today and support our “boots on the ground” efforts all across the country.

our latest statements

  • NEW YORK (August 8, 2022) – Today, the Ms. Foundation for Women announced the hiring of Russatta Buford to the role of Chief Operating Officer. Russatta brings years of experience managing high-stakes initiatives with financial and social impact in both the private and social sectors, and has a proven ability to shape systems that meet […]

  • Jenny Carrillo, Judi Rosenthal, and James White Join Distinguished Board of the Nation’s Oldest Women’s Foundation NEW YORK (July 21, 2022) – Today, the Ms. Foundation for Women announced Jenny Carrillo, Judi Rosenthal, and James White as new members of its distinguished Board of Directors. These additions bring expertise in finance, global health, diversity and equity.  […]

  • NEW YORK (July 2, 2022) – Ms. Foundation for Women President and CEO Teresa C. Younger released the following statement in honor of the 58th anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: “The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was the first to recognize and uphold humanity for those who had been […]


Ms. 0n Martha's

Aug. 16


5:30 PM, Grange Hall at Martha’s Vineyard

Join us for cocktails and conversations about the critical work of the Ms. Foundation and our collective response to the to the Supreme Court’s recent decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Our President and CEO, Teresa C. Younger, will lead an interactive discussion on our organization’s continued grantmaking initiatives including the advancement of reproductive justice and maintaining the bodily autonomy of women, transgender and non-binary people across the country.


12 MetroTech Center
26th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201

212.742.2300 [email protected]

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