Greetings, friends of Philanthropy Women! This week brings some very good news: E. Jean Carroll, American journalist who sued Donald Trump for sexual abuse and defamation, has won her suit. Her victory is evidence of her incredible stamina and persistence in pursuing justice, and it sets a new standard for how survivors of sexual assault can take action to address past crimes committed against them.
When it comes to feminist giving, many give with their financial resources primarily. But someone like E. Jean Carroll gave not only with her financial resources, but with her time and energy, and her gift of endurance in the long fight to attain justice as a sexual assault survivor. We congratulate E. Jean Carroll and hope many other women will follow in her footsteps.
There are lots of other big stories in the feminist giving realm, so let’s get to those now.
1. Accion Opportunity Fund Receives $1.5 Million to Support Women, Latino and Black Truck Drivers
Truist Foundation recently announced a $1.5 million commitment to Accion Opportunity Fund, a CDFI offering financial and networking assistance to women and people of color business owners. With the grant, Accion Opportunity Fund will pilot a Down Payment Assistance Fund designed to help more Black and Latino individuals as well as women become first-time truck owners and entrepreneurs in Maryland and Georgia.
2. McBride Sisters SHE CAN Fund Opens Applications for 2023 Program: “The Business of Wine”
The McBride Sisters SHE CAN Fund recently announced its continued commitment to invest in professional women learning and mastering the business of wine. Specifically, the fund focuses on supporting women pursuing professional advancement within at least one key area. To date, SHE CAN Fund has distributed $3 million in funding to help women in the wine industry. More information here.
3. Joyful Heart names Robyn Mazur as Executive Director
Joyful Heart Foundation recently welcomed Robyn Mazur as its new Executive Director. Mazur joins Joyful Heart from the Center for Justice Innovation, where she was the Senior Director of National Training and Technical Assistance. Her work at the Center included supporting courts and communities in their responses to gender-based violence and coordinating and providing training to judges and community leaders across the U.S. and internationally on the issues of violence against women.
4. Parents as Teachers Receives $7 Million Unrestricted Grant from MacKenzie Scott
Parents as Teachers, a leader in the early child development home visiting field, has been selected receive $7 million in unrestricted funds from MacKenzie Scott and Yield Giving. The donation is the largest individual gift in organization’s history. More information here.
5. Goldman Sachs Settles Gender Discrimination Lawsuit for $215 Million
It was a long, litigious road, but they finally got there. Goldman Sachs will pay $215 million to settle a class action lawsuit initially filed in 2010, that claimed the bank discriminated against women when it came to pay, performance evaluations and promotions. More information here.