Well, hello my lovely feminist giving friends! I hope you are all getting on fine. It’s time for another update on some of the gender lens philanthropic and investing activity in the world. Before we start, I want to alert readers that we have a limited number of copies of Feminist Giving available at a reduced rate for sale on Ebay. So if you don’t already have your copy of the book, now is your chance to pick one up at a great price, either for yourself, a friend, or even your local library if you so choose. Our book is particularly suited to libraries that are aiming to be a resource for marginalized groups.
What’s Going On in the World of Feminist Giving?
1. Our Partners at Alliance are Doing it Up for Women’s History Month
Now that I have had to step back a bit from my writing to pursue a top secret second career (it’s a don’t ask, don’t tell situation, so I appreciate your cooperation!) our partners at Alliance Magazine have taken on a much stronger agenda to serve the feminist giving community with news and views on this more essential form of philanthropy. There’s lots of great content there, including a piece from the Women’s Funding Network on the importance of Black giving. They are also dedicating a whole webinar to the topic of women’s funding which will take place on March 14. Register here to participate.
2. Spain Passes New Laws to Protect Abortion, Transgender Care
In international news, Spain appears to be taking a bold lead on several important women’s rights issues. More information here.
3. Australia Goes Wild for Girl Geek Academy
Australian activists and leaders are starting to shake the table a little harder to bring in the funding for gender equality. Sarah Moran of Girl Geek Academy calls on the Australian government to do more to fund women and girls in tech. More information here.
4. Canada and US Women’s Soccer Band Together for Equal Pay
It wasn’t enough for the USWNT to win their lawsuit for women soccer players. There is still more work to do, and these women’s soccer teams are highlighting the issue by wearing special purple bands. Read more here.
5. Black Feminist Fund Releases Research and Open Letter to Philanthropy
On March 7th, the Black Feminist Fund, released the results of its novel research report entitled “Where is The Money for Black Feminist Movements?” The report is a deep dive into the state of funding for Black feminist movements and examines the extent and the impact of that long-standing under-resourcing. The five-chapter, 146-page report follows the release of the Open Letter to Philanthropy, a call to action to the philanthropic community offered by philanthropic leaders including the Ford Foundation, Pivotal Ventures, a Melinda French Gates company, Solidaire Network, Clara Lionel Foundation, and others, to fund Black feminist movements and specifically support the Black Feminist Fund in reaching its goal of $100 million.
6. WPI Releases New Research on Next-Gen Giving for Social Justice
The newest research, entitled Moving Money and Shifting Power for Social Justice: Voices of Wealthy Next-Gen Donors, examines how a select group of young, affluent donors approach social justice giving, and how their identities directly inform their choices.
7. Judith Neilson Foundation Gives $700,000 to Support Women in Wildlife
The International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF) was recently awarded a US$700,000 (A$1 million) in a grant from the Judith Neilson Foundation, which will be used to strengthen its ‘Akashinga – Nature Protected by Women’ program in Zimbabwe. The program focuses on social impact to achieve conservation at scale, with the empowerment of women and girls as central to its strategy. More information here.
8. Young Women are Opening Up About Their Healthcare Experience, and It’s Not Good
A new brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation outlines the news on how young women experience healthcare, including that they feel dismissed and discriminated against. More information here.
9. ESOMAR Releases New Best Practices Framework for Gender
From the Netherlands, ESOMAR provides data analytics and insights to improve social outcomes. With new recommendations, their report tackles the need to provide an inclusive and responsive framework to society around gender. More information here.
10. Prisma Health Receives Grant from TD Charitable Foundation to Provide Doula Care to Black Mothers
This new funding will help bolster this needed area of health care and focus it on previously excluded populations. More information here.
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