Ms. Foundation Dedicates #GivingTuesday to Women and Girls of Color
NEW YORK (November 27, 2018) — This #GivingTuesday, the Ms. Foundation for Women is reaffirming its commitment to the organization’s new strategic plan, which centers its grant-making 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.
Earlier this year, the nation’s oldest women’s foundation announced that it is taking a bold, and unapologetic approach to building power and advancing democracy by investing, over five years, $25 million towards resources and support for organizations led by and for women of color. In addition to financial resources, they will extend their grantee-partner support to help build capacity, support policy advocacy, and strategic communications, and will form its first ever 501(c)(4) fund to support grassroots political movements.
Women of color and their communities have been at the forefront of the resistance movement and have had an outsized impact when it comes to organizing and creating change in their communities. There is an urgent need to support leaders and organizations led by and for women of color who remain on the frontlines of a wide range of issues including immigration rights, reproductive and economic justice, voter suppression, violence against the trans community, and state sanctioned violence, as well as those setting a path to propel more women—particularly women of color—into elected and appointed positions.
Studies show that only 7% of philanthropic funding goes towards women and girls, with significantly less towards women and girls of color. The Ms. Foundation will direct financial and capacity building resources to its grantee-partners to not only support their immediate needs but to increase the number of grassroots organizations it can support, and invite and challenge the philanthropic sector to join us in our investment in women and girls of color.
Since 1973, the Ms. Foundation has invested over $65 million to build grassroots movements fighting for gender equity for women across the country. The majority of funding provided by the Ms. Foundation is general overhead, which grantee-partners can use as they wish and is often the most flexible form of funding grassroots organizations receive. The Ms. Foundation is often a first, lead, or seed funder for organizations, working to help those organizations maintain and expand their work organically from the very beginning of the relationship.
For more information on Ms. Foundation’s full strategic plan, and to donate to support, please visit: https://forwomen.org/
For over 40 years, the Ms. Foundation for Women has worked to build women’s collective power in the U.S. to advance equity and justice for all. The Ms. Foundation invests in, and strengthens the capacity of women led movements to advance meaningful social, cultural, and economic change in the lives of women. With equity and inclusion as the cornerstones of true democracy, the Ms. Foundation works to create a world in which the worth and dignity of every person are valued, and power and possibility are not limited by gender, race, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or age.
Caroline Humphrey and Tolu Onafowokan