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Ms. 0n Martha's

Aug. 16

2022

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.

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Press & Statements

  • The Ms. Foundation stands with all members of the LGBTQ+ community and refuses to allow the criminalization or erasure of their bodies and experiences. We are honored to support and be in community with with grantee partners fighting for LGBTQ+ rights and justice every day.

  • CEPA is fostering the decolonization of Puerto Rico through initiatives that support their individual and collective capacity to live in wholeness.

  • IGNITE is a movement of young women who are ready and eager to become the next generation of political leaders. IGNITE is a Girls of Color Initiative grantee partner. 

  • 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.  […]

Birth Justice Initiative

Seeks to support and grow a stronger U.S. movement for birth justice and to reduce racially-based health disparities such as maternal mortality for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) who identify as women.

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Safety, Health, and Economic (S.H.E.) 

An integrated, cross-movement strategy to advance women’s safety, health and economic justice.

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Ms. South

Ms. South is a multi-year grantmaking strategy to build power for Women and Girls of Color (WGOC). We amplify the leadership of WGOC and support the sustainability of the ecosystem of organizations.

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Activist Collaboration & Care Fund

Supports transformational movement building to strengthen collaboration across organizations, learn with movement leaders, and increase investment in social justice movements across the country to build collective power.

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Girls of Color Initiative

Funds, researches and increases resources and support for organizations throughout the country that are girl-led or girl-centered.

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Building Connections Initiative

Fosters increased coordination across social movements, sectors, and inter-generational to ensure the issues impacting women and girls of color are centered to maximize collective impact.

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February

2021

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.

January

2020

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.

January

2018

We released a new strategic plan which centered our grantmaking and advocacy structure to invest — inclusively, and intentionally — in women and girls of color as a means to create social, cultural, and economic equity for all genders.

our latest statements

  • The Ms. Foundation stands with all members of the LGBTQ+ community and refuses to allow the criminalization or erasure of their bodies and experiences. We are honored to support and be in community with with grantee partners fighting for LGBTQ+ rights and justice every day.

  • CEPA is fostering the decolonization of Puerto Rico through initiatives that support their individual and collective capacity to live in wholeness.

  • IGNITE is a movement of young women who are ready and eager to become the next generation of political leaders. IGNITE is a Girls of Color Initiative grantee partner. 

  • 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.  […]