PW Update: Research and Focus Changes in January 2022

Well my friends, welcome to 2022! January is a time of research and development here at Philanthropy Women, as we refine our strategy going forward. After much consideration, we have decided not to rebrand or change the name of the website. Because it so accurately fits the content, it needs to stand. And because the gender equality issues in philanthropy still need so much attention, we will be keeping the name.

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Beyond that, the future is much less clear. It turns out that by doubling up on niches, philanthropy being one niche and gender equality being (sadly) another niche, we have struggled to find a solid foundation. However, this does not mean that gender equality philanthropy does not need and deserve more media attention. In fact, our struggle is kind of like a real-time example of the entrenched marginalization of women, and feminist ideas, in the charitable realm.

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Find Funds Now: 355 Funders for International Gender Equality


The Philanthropy Women Gender Equality Funder Database is a unique data hub that aggregates over 700 listings of foundations, funds, and grantmakers. Our database provides contact and querying information as well as real-time news from the funders (when available) via live Twitter feed. All grantmakers in the PW Funder Database are doing gender equality work. The funders are listed across four categories: U.S., International, Corporate, and Family Foundations. The database is also searchable by keyword. Today, we are sharing a snapshot of 45 funders on our International Funders list.

International Funders for Gender Equality

  1. Bumble
  2. Bushrod H. Campbell and Adah F. Hall Charity Fund
  3. Cadence
  4. Calala Fondo de Mujeres
  5. C. Moore Media
  6. Catapult Foundation
  7. Caterpillar Foundation
  8. Central American Women’s Fund / Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres (FCAM)
  9. Fondation CHANEL
  10. Channel Foundation
  11. Cherie Blair Foundation for Women
  12. Chrest Foundation
  13. Chow Tai Fook Charity Foundation
  14. The Circle NGO
  15. Circle of Sisterhood Foundation
  16. Clara Lionel Foundation
  17. Prince Claus Foundation
  18. Clean Cooking Alliance (CCA)
  19. Clif Bar Family Foundation
  20. CODE Research Grants
  21. Co-Impact
  22. Comic Relief
  23. COMO Foundation
  24. Compton Foundation
  25. Cordes Foundation
  26. Evan Cornish Foundation
  27. Cultural Survival
  28. DAFNA Fund
  29. Dames Making Games
  30. Aliko Dangote Foundation
  31. Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation (DRK)
  32. Ecumenical Women’s Initiative
  33. EdelGive Foundation
  34. The Edge Fund
  35. EEA / Norway Grants
  36. Elsevier Foundation
  37. EMpower (Emerging Markets Foundation)
  38. End FGM Grassroots Fund
  39. Equality Fund
  40. EQUALS Digital Skills Foundation
  41. European Journalism Centre (EJC)
  42. Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND)
  43. Faraway Foundation
  44. Feminist Review Trust
  45. The Freedom Fund

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Funder Database: 413 Funders for Gender Equality in the US

The Philanthropy Women Gender Equality Funder Database is a unique data hub that aggregates over 700 listings of foundations, funds, and grantmakers. Our database provides contact and querying information as well as real-time news from the funders (when available) via live Twitter feed. All grantmakers in the PW Funder Database are doing gender equality work. The funders are listed across four categories: U.S., International, Corporate, and Family Foundations. The database is also searchable by keyword. Today, we are sharing the first 20 funders on our Gender Equality Funders for the U.S list.

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The PW Gender Equality Funder Database has 413 listings, many with live Twitter feed to catch you up to date on each funder’s work.

Funders for Gender Equality in the U.S.

  1. A Room of Her Own Foundation (AROHO)
  2. Accenture
  3. Adidas
  4. Adobe Foundation
  5. AEC Trust
  6. Agua Fund
  7. The AHA Foundation
  8. AIAS Foundation
  9. AIG
  10. Akamai
  11. AKC Humane Fund
  12. Alexia Foundation
  13. Rita Allen Foundation
  14. AnitaB. Org
  15. Isabel Allende Foundation
  16. Alliance for Girls
  17. Allyn Family Foundation
  18. Alternatives for Girls
  19. Amazon
  20. American Eagle Outfitters Foundation

Like what you see? Why not subscribe and support this one-of-a-kind resource on gender equality funding?

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When Women’s Leadership Has Market Value, the World Changes

It seems, in the feminist philanthropy community, everyone is waiting for that tipping point to come, when women’s leadership finally establishes its value to the world. COVID, it seems, is helping to accelerate our awareness of the added value of women’s leadership. By showing that countries led by women having strikingly better COVID survival and containment rates, we should finally be at that point where you could practically pour the product of women’s leadership into a bottle and sell it on the open market.

And now a few words from our Editor in Chief, Kiersten.

Well, think again. I have been on my own quest to establish the value of women’s leadership, particularly women’s leadership in philanthropy, over the past five years. I went in with the theory that feminist strategies are more powerful strategies, and once people get to know more about them, lots of folks would flock to our website and build up our subscriber base to the point where, eventually, it might even turn into a for-profit market product. Though fiscally sponsored by the Women’s Funding Network, our budget and strategy is built around the idea that only a small portion of our funding should come from grants, and that as our subscriber base grows, eventually, we could become attractive to a regular small business publication or larger progressive media platform.

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Shanna Cox: Giving to Impact Women in Your Community

“As a leader of a nonprofit, I strongly encourage folks to select one or more local organizations whose mission they love, whose leadership they know and trust, and to give to operations or unrestricted funds,” says Shanna Cox, President and CEO of the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Cox oversees daily operations, events, and strategies for the Chamber, and believes in the power of giving to women and girls.

Shanna Cox, President and CEO of the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. (Image credit: Shanna Cox)

Cox leads with a “learn what people want and deliver it” mentality at the Chamber, and has a reputation for being honest, approachable, and ready to dive in to solve problems. When it comes to helping women business owners in her community, she references listening and mentoring as important keys to build women up in the process of helping them succeed in business.

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Share the Joy and Unique Promise of Giving for Gender Equality

Editor’s Note: I wrote this post a year ago, but I 100% endorse it again as the best use of your Giving Tuesday resources.

Since starting Philanthropy Women, we have chosen to embrace Giving Tuesday each year in different ways, but always as a great opportunity to give back to women. This year we are celebrating Giving Tuesday by naming our Top 10 Picks for feminist giving for the day. We hope you enjoy the list and relish the experience of making an intentional gift to one or all of them on Giving Tuesday.

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Did you know that research from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute showed that in 2018, women gave the majority, 64.9%, of dollars donated on Giving Tuesday? Perhaps that’s because women generally look for opportunities to give, and when a new holiday is established where the sole purpose is to give to charity, women are all over it.

#1 Women’s Fund of Rhode Island or Your State’s Women’s Fund

There is really no better bang for your charity buck than your own local women’s fund. Ours here in Rhode Island does a fantastic job of gender equality education and training, civic engagement, and grantmaking. Imagine if every adult in Rhode Island (roughly 800,000 people) gave just $1 to the Women’s Foundation of Rhode Island? That would mean $800,000 in resources that would exponentially increase the education, engagement, and grantmaking for one of the most influential women’s organizations in the state. Then we could really see what WFRI is capable of in terms of helping our state move toward gender equality. If you don’t live in Rhode Island, you can find your local women’s fund by visiting the Women’s Funding Network where most state and regional women’s funds are members.

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Discover Your Innocent: Find Inner Calm with New Hypnosis Video

As many of you know, along with founding and editing Philanthropy Women, I am also a psychotherapist. So today I am offering something new here for readers: a chance to explore your inner wellness through hypnosis.

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Scene for hypnosis: Sunset at Oakland Beach in Warwick, Rhode Island on Sunday, November 14, 2021. (Image credit: Kiersten Marek)

One of my specialties as a therapist is identity development. I have spent many years studying and writing about the archetypes — the different dimensions of human identity that come into play across the lifespan. In 2018, I also trained and became certified as a hypnotherapist. This is a hypnosis session to help you get a deep night’s sleep, and to give you a chance to experience your inner Innocent.

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Mujeres en Acción: A New Way to Support Latinx Abuse Survivors

In February 2021, 18-year-old Úrsula Bahillo was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, an officer in the Buenos Aires police force. The femicide led a group of Argentine women to create the organization Mujeres en Acción, an entirely volunteer brigade of women providing support to survivors of gender-based violence in the Latin American region.

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Volunteers spanning from six countries in Latin America are coming together to support domestic abuse survivors, using a platform called GetBEE. (Image credit: Mujeres in Accion)

Úrsula’s untimely death was the 44th femicide registered in Argentina in the first two months of 2021, and its occurrence prompted immediate outrage in the country. After all, the 18-year-old victim had followed all the recommended steps: she reported her attacker to the police stations and the courthouse. She got a restraining order that made it illegal for him to come near her, but he broke the restraining order numerous times. One major way the system fell apart for her: Úrsula requested a “panic button” from the police, but she never got one. Her last message to her friends read: If I don’t come back, tear everything down.

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Help Philanthropy Women Pick a New Domain Name

As we go through the process of rebranding Philanthropy Women, we thought it would be fun and interesting to involve the hive mind of feminist givers as much as possible. To that end, we are now in the process of choosing our new domain name. We thought readers might want to register an opinion on which domains names work for them.

Below are the domain names that we currently own.

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Philanthropy Women will be choosing a new domain name and moving into a broader space online around funding and social change for women and girls.

Our goal is to widen the scope to cover more ground related to activism, funding, and creativity involving women and girls. While our focus will still be primarily on where money is coming from and going to for women and girls, we will also be publishing more creative content around gender issues including fiction and art.

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Maggie May’s Greatest Hits on Philanthropy Women

As one of our most prolific writers at Philanthropy Women, Maggie May deserves a special tribute. Two and a half years ago, Maggie May started weaving her mighty creativity into stories on gender equality funding and strategy, and now that she is leaving us for greener (and higher paying) pastures, we want to make sure we give her a proper send-off that represents all she has done for our publication, and for gender equality strategy and funding as a whole.

Over the course of two and half years, Maggie May wrote 190 posts for Philanthropy Women. (Image credit: Maggie May)

Maggie May wrote 190 articles for Philanthropy Women over her time with us, an incredible amount of productivity for a young writer. She helped discover and narrate the stories of many undervalued women leaders of our time, and did so with power, insight, and clarity. Her work ranged from personal interviews to covering events to exploring the difficult questions about who gets funding and why.

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