Feminist Giving Holiday Vibes, Plus THE HARDCOVER BOOK IS OUT!

Hello again my feminist giving allies! I have some very good news: the hardcover edition of Feminist Giving: Creating New Frontiers in Social Change is now available! Please buy the book on Lulu as we get three times the percentage of revenue if you buy the book on Lulu as opposed to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or any other major distribution outlet.

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The author with her work! (Image credit: Philanthropy Women)

There is lots of other feminist giving news to get to, but before we go there, let’s just take a moment to pause, reflect, and be thankful. We are so thankful for our subscribers, especially those who hung on this past year while we produced less internet content and created our first real world physical product, a 405 page book with over 240 citations, in order to bring more awareness about feminist giving to the world. So thank you, subscribers! Without your help, we couldn’t have done it.

I also want to thank all of the leaders featured in Feminist Giving, who allowed us to showcase their work and tell the world more about what all of the different forms of feminist giving look like: the state-based women’s funds, high-net worth givers like MacKenzie Scott and Melinda Gates, and all of the givers who are largely invisible to the world — the people (mostly women) who see are giving to feminist causes, hoping for a future that will be more fair and equitable for women.

And so, on to the news of the day…

Top 5 Feminist Giving Stories for December 2022

1: Columbia School of Nursing Receives Largest Ever Research Grant

The Columbia Nursing has received Received $15.1 million to study women’s HIV risk. The study will enroll a national digital cohort of 1,800 HIV-negative women and look at how multiple factors influence their risk of acquiring HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. “Cisgender women account for approximately 20% of annual HIV diagnoses in the United States, yet there is limited information on the combination of factors that contribute to HIV incidence in these women,” explained Rebecca Schnall, who was awarded the funding, and who is also associate dean of Faculty Development. More information here.

2: Hewlett Appoints Mallika Dutt as Program Director for Gender Equity and Governance

“Mallika has been at the forefront of developing innovative approaches to building partnerships, strengthening institutions, and opening uncharted paths to advancing gender equity around the globe,” said Hewlett Foundation President Larry Kramer. “I’m thrilled she is joining us. She brings outstanding experience supporting philanthropic and nonprofit organizations in fulfilling their mission and contributing to a better world.” More information here.

3: International Criminal Court (ICC) Launches First-Ever Strategy on Gender Equality and Workplace Culture

The event was made possible through financial support from the European Commission, and which was cosponsored by the embassies of Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Mexico, the Republic of Korea, Sweden and Switzerland, as well as Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice, the Women in International Law (WIL) Network and the International Gender Champions Hub Den Haag. More information here.

4. Clintons Host Major Conference on Gender Equality

More than 200 people joined the “Women’s Voices Summit” in Arkansas, and about 2,500 participated online. About 30 academics, political and business leaders, and activists — all women — shared their experiences fighting for equality. More information here.

5. How Christianity and Feminism Overlap in Funding

I am including this announcement because it speaks to the way that large philanthropies like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are closely aligned with Christian funding initiatives for women and girls. I’m not sure this is the best thing for women and girls, but, I guess it is what it is. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently announced a $10 million donation designed to help eradicate polio and maternal and neonatal tetanus. How are they coming up with that $10 million? To quote from the article: Donations to Rotary International are matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which a church article about the donation called, “a financial blessing,” that brings with it an opportunity to eradicate the disease. More information here.


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Author: Kiersten Marek

Kiersten Marek, LICSW, is the founder of Philanthropy Women. She practices clinical social work and writes about how women donors and their allies are advancing social change.

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