New Funding for Mature Women, Native Women, and Women in Sales

Well, hello my feminist giving friends! I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday and it gave you a chance to reflect on some of the things you are thankful for. That was my focus this Thanksgiving, as my family and I went for a hike at Stoppleworth Conservation Area in Tolland, Connecticut.

Land at Stoppleworth Conservation area in Tolland, Connecticut has unique geological features believed to date back to the dividing of the continents between North America and Africa. (Image credit: Kiersten Marek)

This conservation area was created by my mother in 2004, by selling a 55 acre parcel of land that my father bought in the 1970’s and used to harvest wood for the wood-burning stoves of our house. It was a bold decision for my mother to move this land into open space, and I was proud to be the daughter helping facilitate the deal. Every year around Thanksgiving, we try to visit the land and appreciate its supreme beauty and the amazing strength of my mother to part with this precious land and put it into the public trust.

As the world turns in the feminist giving realm, funding is branching out into new areas, and we’re giving you an update on some of those new areas of funding today.

1: Toronto Opens First of Its Kind Health Center Focused on Mature Women

The Sinai Health Foundation in Toronto aims to raise $50-million to expand the hospital’s renowned program serving mature women’s health, with a goal of creating a “one stop shop” experience for older women to access care. More information here.

2: Native Women Lead Raises $10 Million to Support Native Women Entrepreneurs

Native Women Lead, one of the recipients of funding from MacKenzie Scott and Melinda Gates’s Equality Can’t Wait Challenge, is helping to bolster native women entrepreneurs. Earlier this year, Native Women Lead launched two funds, the Matriarch Creative Fund and the Matriarch Restorative Fund. These new funding vehicles provide low-interest loans to Indigenous women entrepreneurs, seeding new business in fields including photography and fashion, as well as other industries. More information here.

3: Women in Revenue Receives Funding to Drive Career Success for Women in Sales and Marketing

Women in Revenue, a non-profit organization created to empower and elevate women in sales and marketing, has received a grant from Tiger Global Impact Ventures, the charitable arm of Tiger Global, a global tech investment firm. The grant comes from TGIV’s Gender Equity in Tech Fund, a $50 million commitment designed to increase access, inclusion, representation, and parity for women across the technology ecosystem.

4: Canada Increases Funding to Engage Men and Boys in Ending Gender Based Violence

The Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth for Canada, recently announced $599,774 in new funding to support a project entitled, Calling Men in as Allies for Gender Equality. More information here.

5: New Gender Knowledge Lab from Pro Mujer Launches

Nonprofit Pro Mujer has announced the availability of the Gender Knowledge Lab, a new research, training, and consulting initiative to help public and private organizations use gender lens strategies to improve work environments, increase innovation, and achieve better financial results. More information here.

6: Amazon Joins with US AID as Founding Partner in Climate Gender Equity Fund

Amazon recently announced a commitment of $53 million in funding to support the Climate Gender Equity Fund, a new funding vehicle of the US Agency for International Development. The Climate Gender Equity Fund will focus globally and and provide grants for organizations working on women-led climate solutions. 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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