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

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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

  • With 97% of its grantee portfolio comprised of organizations led by women and girls of color, the nation’s oldest women’s foundation continues concerted effort to invest in those at the forefront of the fight for social justice. NEW YORK (OCTOBER 13, 2022) – Today, the Ms. Foundation for Women announced more than $5.2 million in […]

  • NEW YORK (September, 28 2022) – Ms. Foundation for Women President and CEO Teresa C. Younger released the following statement in recognition of International Safe Abortion Day: “Today, on International Safe Abortion Day, the Ms. Foundation acknowledges that this year, for the first time in nearly half a century, the United States can no longer […]

  • 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 […]


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