New Funding for Women: This Week’s Top 10 Feminist Giving Moves

The new HS Chau Women in Enterprising Science Program offers fellows the opportunity to receive $1 million in funding for research. (Image credit: HS Chau Women in Enterprising Science Program)

1: New HS Chau Women in Enterprising Science Program Launches from the Innovative Genomics Institute: The new program will work to enhance “gender equity in bio-entrepreneurship.” With philanthropic support from the foundation of Solina Chau Hoi Shuen (co-founder of Horizons Ventures in Hong Kong), the program is now accepting proposals from entrepreneurs “seeking to translate genomics research into impactful solutions to real-world challenges and advance the representation of women founders in biotechnology.” More information here.

#She Persisted, a new movement to address gendered disinformation, has launched a new website and announced a diverse and high-powered advisory board. (Image credit: #She Persisted)

2: #ShePersisted Announces Advisory Board and New Website: Women’s political participation depends on their ability to express themselves online. Gendered disinformation and online abuse prevent this and threaten democracy everywhere. It’s exciting to see a group tackling this issue head-on. Learn more at

3. Nestlé and Girls With Impact Announce “Big Ideas-Better World” $5,000 Challenge with Every Entrant a Winner: Girls With Impact (GWI) announced a national challenge to encourage the next generation of women innovators in the food and beverage industry. The Big Ideas – Better World competition is open to youth over the age of 12.  By submitting an idea, all competition participants will receive a full scholarship to Girls With Impact’s business leadership academy, a 10-week live online instructor-led program where students explore ideas on topics like the climate change and mental health.

4. The Power Plus Summit is Next Wednesday and Thursday: This summit, convened by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, promises to be a “once in a generation” opportunity to forge some new paths for gender equality. I’ve got my ticket and you should get yours.

Cracker Jill features a diverse array of strong girls for its new brand. (Image credit: Cracker Jack)

5. Cracker Jill is Born and With Her, $200,000 Goes to Women’s Sports Foundation: To bring this milestone to life, Frito-Lay partnered with a powerful team of female and non-binary voices, from illustrator Monica Ahanonu to music superstar Normani. To add resources for future generations, Cracker Jack (part of Frito-Lay) is donating $200,000 to the Women’s Sports Foundation. Check out the program press release with additional details here.

6. Who’s On Board the Donors of Color Climate Funders Justice Pledge? Wow, this is a good idea: an organization and website that publicly tracks how the top 40 donors to climate issues are committing their dollars. Some are committing fully, others partially, and others not at all. Check it out here.

7. New Research Suggests Gen Z Prioritizes Gender Equality Like No Other Generation Before It: A global study  from Team Lewis Foundation revealed that Gen Z prioritizes gender equality alongside enterprise and environmental issues, and ranks gender equality as the fourth most pressing issue for society. Interestingly, Gen Z ranked economic opportunity, LGBTQ+ issues, and climate change ahead of gender equality.   

8. Funding for Women and Girls on College Campuses Being Deemed Unfair: This is definitely not good for feminist philanthropy: Mark Perry, a former professor at the University of Michigan Flint and a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, has filed over 250 civil rights complaints, asserting that scholarships and grants for women and girls violate Title IX and are unfair to males. More information here.  

9. Two Million Goes to 150 Women from Fearless Fund: With support from the peer coaching platform The Cru, the Tory Burch Foundation, and Goldman Sachs One Million Black Women selected entrepreneurs came from a wide variety of industries and 25 different states. A complete list of selected businesses can be found here.

10. Yolanda F. Johnson Interviews Eileen R. Heisman: These two high-powered women discussed bringing your whole self to the workplace, how to improve philanthropy, and new approaches to creating an inclusive work environment. “You’re allowed to be ambitious. You’re allowed to shoot high. You’re allowed to think big,” says Heisman in the interview. More 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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