Who we support

WHAT ATTRACTS INVESTMENT FROM US?

We invest in individuals and organizations working for a fairer world. We look for ways to create opportunities and advancement for women, girls, and other people who have been excluded by systems that weren’t designed for their success.

We invest not only our financial resources – we have decades of experience as donor partners we’re willing to share with our grantees.

Leadership

The strengths and weaknesses of each of our partners is vastly different. While some filmmakers prefer a crash course in financing, there are TED Fellows who need assistance developing business plans. While some organizations lack communications and marketing knowhow, others require leadership training. The tools and leadership support required to bolster brilliant ideas are unique and relative, which is why our approach to investing is about so much more than money. Our tailor-made grants allow our partners to identify the solutions specific to them, then create the path to move toward their goals.

Storytelling

Being seen. Being heard. This is a through-line in all of our work. Storytelling is one of the post powerful vehicles for change, which is why we invest in both individual stories and systemic shifts aimed at creating a more equitable landscape. We consider ourselves “Creative Producers” (a term we borrowed from our friends at Sundance), and prefer to work alongside mediamakers in order to identify how we can best support the full lifespan of a piece of media. This means not only finding the right audience, but presenting that audience with the tools they need to act.

Convenings

For over two decades we’ve invested in gatherings, conferences, special occasions and other events that bring people together, both online and in real life. When we’re in the company of others, the possibilities for creative outcomes multiply exponentially.

We partner with others to make sure that we’re convening a diverse and inclusive group of participants and leaders, as well as meeting with a purpose and a hoped-for outcome. We participate in collaborative philanthropy, a different kind of convening. Giving circles offer opportunities for people to pool their resources and maximize the effect of their collective investment.

A SELECTION OF OUR GRANTEES

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  • 1. Leadership
  • 2. Storytelling
  • 3. Convenings

International Girls Ensemble

International Girls Ensemble works to build a strong and safe community for girls to feel…

NYC Great!

NYC Great! is a NYC DOE Leadership Program that helps young girls develop leadership and…

LEAP NYC

LEAP NYC provides educational arts programs to promote access and equality for NYC students underserved…

Henry St. Settlement (Abrons Art Center)

Henry Street Settlement in the Lowest East Side of Manhattan is a leader in child…

The 19th*

There’s an asterisk after The 19th* in its logo. The number refers to the amendment…

On The Record

The #MeToo movement for Black women is complex, explored thoughtfully in this documentary, with a…

Girls Leadership Research Study

How do girls of color become leaders? Studies show that they’re hungry to lead. But…

Project Involve

How do we change the culture to be more inclusive at every level? Chaz Ebert…

Rebuild Congress

Yes, Congress is dysfunctional. Some members (OK, former members) are willing to admit it and…

Evolve Entertainment Fund/LA Mayor’s Office

If Hollywood seems like a private club (mostly for white men), there’s a reason for…

Running With My Girls

This documentary focusing on Black women running for a variety of elected offices is still…

A Fine Line

How come if most kitchens are presided over by women that so few professional kitchens…

Strawberry Summer

When we met this female filmmaking team at a Sundance film financing event, we were…

RAISE HELL – The Life & Times of Molly Ivins

Does the name Molly Ivins ring a bell? If yes, we don’t need to explain…

NEW

The Network of Elected Women is NEW, for short, and also new, founded by Allison…

Red Hook Initiative

RHI believes that social change to overcome systemic inequities begins with empowered youth. In partnership…

The 5 Browns

Maybe you remember seeing the talented Brown family on Oprah or 60Minutes. The 5 Browns…

Time for Ilhan

When a documentary filmmaker catches a moment in history, the result is an irreplaceable behind-the-scenes…

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

This nostalgic bio of the beloved Mr. Rogers was one of the top-performing documentaries in…

Surge

With so many women running for office in the USA in 2018, a pair of…

Al Jidar: THE WALL

Here’s an unusual film (in progress): teenage refugees hatch a crazy plot to reunite 60s…

Out of My Head

Even if you’re among the millions of people who suffer from crippling migraine headaches, you…

Roll Red Roll

Winner of seven “Best Feature Documentary” awards, this film festival favorite is now available on…

Ms. Foundation

We think it’s smart to take a good hard look at yourself when you’ve been…

Annenberg Inclusion Initiative (MDSCI)

You can’t fix a problem you won’t admit exists. Dr. Stacy L. Smith leads The…

Higher Heights (Leadership Fund)

Let’s be frank: It’s going to take bold leadership for women and people of color…

Hello Neighbor

Sloane Davidson’s leadership in making refugees welcome has expanded, now including a national network of…

New York Women’s Foundation

In the decades since our founding, we’ve learned that it’s best to give money to…

Give OUT Day

In 2013, when “giving days” were a new way to raise major philanthropic dollars in…

Philanthropy Women

We favor grantees that serve overlapping areas of investment for us. Philanthropy Women hits targets…

Arab American Family Support Center

AAFSC empowers new immigrants in downtown Brooklyn with the tools they need to successfully acclimate…

She’s The First

The idea started out simply: support girls who are the first in their family to…

Casita Maria

Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education is the first and oldest Latino charity in…

Global Kids

Global Kids is an educational organization with over 25 years of experience in New York…

Girls For A Change

For more than 17 years, Girls For A Change has been supporting Black girls and…

South Asian Youth Action (SAYA)

Since 1996, South Asian Youth Action (SAYA) has been serving young people from diverse ethnic…

Ask for Jane

Perhaps it’s not so hard to believe that abortion was once entirely illegal in the…

Netizens

Here’s what happens when women are targeted on the internet and their lives are upended…

The Feeling of Being Watched

How would you feel if you – and your neighbors – noticed strange vehicles parked…

Unrest

Another TED Fellow, another Kickstarter campaign. Jen Brea’s life was disrupted by a diagnosis of…

Audrie & Daisy

This documentary is the story of two teenage girls, sexually assaulted while unconscious by boys…

Love the Sinner

Love the Sinner is a personal documentary essay exploring the connection between fundamentalist Christianity and homophobia….

Lady Parts Justice/Abortion Access Front

It’s impossible to be free if one’s personal medical decisions are made by the government,…

Werk It/WNYC

Oh, sure, NOW you know all about podcasts and you probably have your own. But…

Gender Avenger

If you’ve ever seen the GA Tally on social media, it’s because Gina Glantz and…

BINDERCON

Ah, “ancient history.” What seems like a generation ago (but really less than a decade…

Be Natural

Maybe by now you’ve heard of Alice Guy-Blaché, the first female director in the motion…

Chicken & Egg Diversity Fellowship

There’s nothing we love more than a grant that puts itself out of business. We…

Vote Run Lead

How will we ever achieve gender parity in elected office if women won’t run? Vote…

End Rape On Campus

When we met the courageous founders– Sofie Karasek, Andrea Pino, and Annie Clark– of End…

Callisto

This grant hits so many of our areas of funding: 1) We like investing early…

Crisis Text Line

This is today’s tech take on the idea of a suicide hotline. Instead of making…

Protect our Defenders

In 2011, long before #MeToo, the epidemic of sexual assault in the military was exposed…

Kinsey Institute/Indiana University

When the documentaries Sexy Baby and Hot Girls Wanted exposed the insidious ways underage girls…

We Are The Radical Monarchs

The Oakland-based Radical Monarchs started out as the Radical Brownies until the Girl Scouts put…

Trapped

At least half of American women will experience an unintended pregnancy by the age of…

Whose Streets

Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, WHOSE…

College Behind Bars

College Behind Bars: The Bard Prison Initiative tells the story of incarcerated men and women…

The Hunting Ground

1 in 5 women is sexually assaulted while in college, according to the Campus Sexual…

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women…

Hot Girls Wanted

Although the subject is disturbing, we joined with other feminist funders to bring the work…

Courting Justice

Filmmaker Ruth Cowan’s documentary follows seven female judges working to transform South Africa from apartheid…

Sundance Institute

There’s no denying the power of story and the role it can play in shifting…

Center for Sustainable Journalism at Kennesaw State University

As traditional media revenue sources evaporated and legacy media scrambled for survival, KSU professor Leonard…

TED

TED is one of our favorite creative communities, full of rising stars who are bringing…

Acumen Global Fellows

Acumen founder Jacqueline Novogratz models bold, visionary, global leadership and relentlessly seeks equally committed social…

Budrus

This inspiring documentary by director Julia Bacha and a female-led American/Israeli/Palestinian filmmaking team was strongly…

Traces of the Trade

Led by Producer-Writer-Director Katrina Browne, a largely female filmmaking team spent almost a decade documenting…

Op-Ed Project

The statistics were so dismal that Katie Orenstein had to do something – the opinionators…

Moving Windmills

We met William Kamkwamba long before he gained international fame as “The Boy Who Harnessed…

Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School Affiliate

When theHF began its pioneering work in the field of coaching, the profession was so…

Baruch Harnisch Scholar and Journalism Program

If it weren’t for Baruch College, you wouldn’t be reading this. The Harnisch Foundation’s co-founder…

No Bigger Than A Minute

Long before “Little People Big World” brought television viewers into the lives of “little people,”…

Women Donors Network

Years ago, WDN recognized the need to undertake bold anti-racist education for its (mostly white)…

Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee established The Women’s Fund in 1994 to support programs…

Women Moving Millions Film Circle

Women Moving Millions is a growing community of individuals who have each made pledges of…

Playing House

Jane Gray was a young first-time filmmaker when she asked her friends and colleagues to…

Tennessee Justice Center

When our Founder Ruth Ann Harnisch was a journalist, her work brought her in constant…

More Than Money

It seemed like the most strategic investment possible: help the wealthiest people learn to put…

Leadership Nashville

Many cities boast a leadership program that connects the area’s most powerful people representing diverse…

The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria

The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria (TYWLS of Astoria) is an all-girls public school…

HYPOTHEkids at Teachers College Community School

HYPOTHEkids works to provide underserved students with hands-on educational and mentorship experiences in science and…

Riverdale Country School

Riverdale is a Pre-K through grade 12 independent school in New York City committed to…

World Pulse

It seems like ancient history now, those days when there were so many places with…

Moms-in-Film

Can we finally tell the truth about how hard it is to be a working…

Ordinary Women: Ida B. Wells

Multiple bang for the buck! With a single grant we support internet she-ro Anita Sarkeesian, …

Vessel

Reproductive rights activist Dr. Rebecca Gomperts uses an offshore vessel as a clinic to serve…

Tribal Justice

Did you know that tribal courts can keep people out of state courts? Ruth Cowan’s…

Seven Women Seven Sins

We contributed to the campaign of The Women’s Film Preservation Fund to restore this 1986…

The Eagle Huntress

Our investments in female-centric stories occasionally earn that rare industry plaudit, like “The Eagle Huntress,”…