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 new that most people thought only athletes and actors had coaches. Ruth Ann Harnisch became intrigued by the possibilities that coaching offered for personal and institutional transformation when the nonprofit MoreThanMoney used some of her $1million gift to create a coaching program for members who wanted support setting and achieving financial goals. The results were undeniable. Soon, the Harnisch Foundation became the leading philanthropic investor in the coaching sector, supporting global gatherings, creating an online community, developing professional accreditation standards, and championing pro bono coaching and nonprofits within the coaching profession. Most importantly, theHF sought to elevate the profession through rigorous, peer-reviewed academic research. These efforts culminated with theHF’s founding of The Institute of Coaching at Harvard Medical School’s teaching facility McLean Hospital with a $2M investment in 2009. In addition to presenting the annual Harvard Coaching Conference, the Institute awards $100,000 in Harnisch Research Grants every year. Under current leadership, The Institute of Coaching has become a sustainable enterprise with a membership program in the pipeline for 2016. The Institute of Coaching is the end product of years of effort, teamwork, vision, and the philanthropy of many key leaders who pioneered the projects that eventually found a home at the Institute, including David Goldsmith, Dr. Mary Wayne Bush, Dr. Vikki Brock, Dr. John Bennett, Andrea J. Lee, and others. We are incredibly proud of the current team leading the Institute to new heights including Dr. Carol Kauffman, Margaret Moore, Dr. Susan David, Dr. Jeffery Hull, and Laurel Smith Doggett.

Center for Sustainable Journalism at Kennesaw State University

As traditional media revenue sources evaporated and legacy media scrambled for survival, KSU professor Leonard Witt made a modest proposal. What if people chipped in to underwrite a journalist to cover their chosen beat? Ruth Ann contacted Len to find out more, and together they tested his theories in the real world. Who will pay for high-quality, reliably sourced, relevant journalism on significant topics?

Len had bigger ideas. He proposed the creation of the Center for Sustainable Journalism to continue exploring new ways of creating and paying for information. The Harnisch Foundation became the Center’s founding funder and met quarterly with the CSJ team to gauge progress.

The CSJ now makes national impact with its current capstone project, the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange and the online and print publication Youth Today. Original, in-depth reporting, commentary, research and resources for the youth justice and “out of school time” sectors attract thousands of subscribers and viewers, representing a variety of stakeholders in youth services including police, parents, courts, lawmakers, educators, volunteers, parents, and businesses.

The JJIE and YT are proving Len’s concepts every day: people and institutions with an interest in news about a specific beat are willing to pay for that news.

More Than Money

It seemed like the most strategic investment possible: help the wealthiest people learn to put their money where their values are, and their philanthropy will transform society. (The Giving Pledge made famous by billionaires had its roots here.) That’s why our first $1M investment went to More than Money, an educational network for people who wanted to use their resources to create “a more joyful, just, and sustainable world.”

This intense donor education informed and influenced Ruth Ann’s grantmaking from the early days of the Foundation. Helping individuals of means to invest to achieve social goals is still one of our specialties, inspired by and partnering with many connections made through the organization and its members. As board chair, Ruth Ann brought her journalistic sensibilities to the organization’s publication, MoreThanMoney Journal. It’s where she was introduced to the concept and impact of professional coaching, which had a powerful effect on the direction of her own philanthropy and life.

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 Bill Harnisch, whose generosity underwrites the family philanthropy, attributes his business success to his tuition-free, books included, college education at “The Poor Man’s Harvard,” as it was known. Baruch still serves the striving student, although tuition’s not free any more. That is, unless you are a Harnisch Scholar. Our scholars not only attend college free of charge but receive a paid internships to boot.

The Harnisch Foundation’s commitment to Baruch moved beyond our scholars when the college created its new Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions. It was then that we sponsored its state-of-the-art media lab, Studio H. The department’s first chair, Prof. Geanne Perlman Rosenberg, leads the Harnisch Journalism Projects and it’s in this capacity that she develops resources for students and journalists on ethics, press law, media literacy, and new media. In addition, she has led a number of collaborative initiatives with partners like the The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, the Student Press Law Center, and the Poynter Institute.

Baruch’s been recognized as the most ethnically diverse campus by both U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review more times than any other college in the United States; one more reason Baruch is the perfect ally with whom to build a world where everyone is valued and heard.

Tennessee Justice Center

When our Founder Ruth Ann Harnisch was a journalist, her work brought her in constant contact with evidence that low-income people have a harder time getting justice than most. So, when “Nashvillian of the Year” Gordon Bonnyman founded The Tennessee Justice Center, he knew that his Leadership Nashville classmate would be among the first to write a check.

The TJC is a nonprofit public interest law and advocacy firm. Gordon and the other attorneys at the Center take on the toughest policy issues of our times, pursuing fairness under the law for poor people when the most basic necessities of life are at stake. The TJC is now famous for holding government accountable.

In almost two decades of donor partnership, The HF team has provided coaching and support to help the TJC expand their revenue streams as our involvement has lessened.

Leadership Nashville

Many cities boast a leadership program that connects the area’s most powerful people representing diverse constituencies. Founded in 1976, Leadership Nashville was one of the first, still serving as a model for dozens of other programs around the world. A carefully curated cross-section of established leaders is chosen every year.

These people, representing a variety of professions, political interests, economic backgrounds, races, ethnicities, religions, geographical origins and interests, meet once a month for intense days of confronting issues facing the community. Members stay connected through the annual directory which lists all participants since the program’s inception. The Harnisch Foundation underwrote the directory from 1999-2011, and our Founder Ruth Ann Harnisch (class of ’88) still cherishes the lessons in civic engagement with diverse colleagues.

Leadership programs build deeply trusting relationships among people who see the world very differently. These relationships can and do prevail when politics, race, gender, religion, and other factors threaten to divide us. (Hmmm. How about Leadership Congress?)

Acumen Global Fellows

The Acumen Global Fellows program is a leadership development experience that is not for the faint of heart. Acumen founder Jacqueline Novogratz models bold, visionary, global leadership and relentlessly seeks equally committed social change agents. It’s fitting, then, that the Fellows Global Program calls on those individuals not only committed to service, but those who have the business and operational expertise, and moral imagination needed to affect long-term social change.

The Harnisch Foundation’s multi-year gift was an investment in international business that eliminates the need for charity, as Acumen Global Fellows help create sustainable enterprises where economic development is most needed.

Simmering on our back burner: How can all the great Fellows programs share best practices and learnings?

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 promoting the health, well-being, safety, and economic self-sufficiency of women and girls. Our Founder Ruth Ann Harnisch was among the first to serve on its advisory board, and helped to create The Power of the Purse luncheon. Featuring powerful women keynoters and highlighting the work of grantees, Power of the Purse has become group’s signature fundraising event.

In addition to grantmaking, The Women’s Fund educates, encourages, and empowers women as philanthropists. Ruth Ann has been honored by the Fund for her leadership and pledge of a million dollar gift to the Fund’s endowment. Because of that gift, The Women’s Fund became a member of the Women’s Funding Network, bringing new opportunities for learning best practices and working collectively with other like-minded donor organizations.

BINDERCON

What began as a response to Mitt Romney’s “binders full of women” quip during the 2012 presidential debate and dismal statistics around gender disparity in the media became a new and exciting type of female community. Naturally, we wanted in.

That’s why, when the women behind BinderCon came to us with the idea for a conference aimed at increasing the diversity of voices in the media and literary arts by empowering women and gender non-conforming writers through biannual professional development conferences, we knew these were our people.

The first BinderCon, hosted in October 2014, gathered over 500 writers for a weekend full of panels, workshops, and networking events for women at all stages of their writing careers. Our contribution? We hosted a luncheon featuring former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson and Director of the Tow Center for Journalism, Emily Bell. Emily presided over a colorful conversation with Jill on her four-decade career and stint at the NYT. The timeliness, impact and receptivity of BinderCon was astounding. So much so, that…

We were the leading sponsor of the March 2015 BinderCon LA Conference

 

The Hunting Ground

1 in 5 women is sexually assaulted while in college, according to the Campus Sexual Assault Study of the National Institute of Justice. We intend to change that.

Which is why we are pleased to announce that our Founder Ruth Ann Harnisch is one of the Executive Producers for the film The Hunting Ground.

From Oscar-nominated Producer/Director team Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick (The Invisible War), comes a startling exposé of rape crimes on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families. Weaving together verité footage and first-person testimonies, the film follows survivors as they pursue their education while fighting for justice — despite harsh retaliation, harassment and pushback at every level.

As a result of The Invisible War (and the incredible network of concerned individuals Amy and Kirby built around it), the problem of sexual assault in the military was made public and Congress took action. We believe that with this film, we can shine a light on similar issues unfolding on college campuses across the country and again move people to act. We want to challenge — and change — the current culture of consent, which all too often allows sexual violence to thrive. 

Join us. Find a screening of The Hunting Ground near you, and learn how you can take a stand today.

The Hunting Ground is just one example of how we invest in storytelling as a way to make the world a fairer place. Typically, we provide support in one of the following ways: 

Partnerships

We partner with organizations that share our vision for systemic change, then chart bold new ways to collaborate. The new Film Circle we co-chair within Women Moving Millions and our Coaching Initiative with the Sundance’s Women Filmmakers Initiative are two examples of how we’ve done that.  

Investments

We invest in the organizations, individuals and content challenging the way gender and race are portrayed in media. The films below and partnerships outlined give insight into our approach. As our friends at the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media say, “If you can’t be it, you can’t see it.”

Production

Microgrants allow us to support smaller works while larger investments provide us the opportunity to go deeper into the process, campaign and/or lifespan of media. Acting as a “creative producer” — a term we borrowed from our friends at Sundance — is the chance to put our money where our values are.

Women Moving Millions Film Circle

Women Moving Millions is a growing community of individuals who have each made pledges of $1M or more to organizations or initiatives that work to advance the status of women and girls globally.

A member since 2007, Ruth Ann joined forces with the group’s CEO Jacki Zehner to create and co-chair the Women Moving Million’s Film Circle to leverage the expertise and collective passion of WMM members to support and advance social impact media by and about women. Through partnerships with allied organizations, members are presented with opportunities to learn about, fund, and take action on behalf of women mediamakers, their projects, and the industry at large, as it relates to gender equity. Here’s how: 

Learn

Education is critical to making  intelligent investments and learning how to best support women in the sector. Members benefit from a number of resources, strategies, and insights from Women Moving Millions Film Circle members, partners, and experts.

Fund

Money matters. Not enough of it is going to women filmmakers and female-focused projects. The Film Circle aims to change that by bringing to members a small number of quality projects championed by WMM’s own members and allied organizations.

Act

Supporting a film means more than just investing. We connect members to a wide range of ways to advance their goals, including participating in social impact campaigns, attending online and live events, and engaging other stakeholders.

Interested in learning more about the Film Circle? Email Us.

The Hunting Ground

1 in 5 women is sexually assaulted while in college, according to the Campus Sexual Assault Study of the National Institute of Justice. We intend to change that.

Which is why we are pleased to announce that our Founder Ruth Ann Harnisch is one of the Executive Producers for the film The Hunting Ground.

From Oscar-nominated Producer/Director team Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick (The Invisible War), comes a startling exposé of rape crimes on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families. Weaving together verité footage and first-person testimonies, the film follows survivors as they pursue their education while fighting for justice — despite harsh retaliation, harassment and pushback at every level.

As a result of The Invisible War (and the incredible network of concerned individuals Amy and Kirby built around it), the problem of sexual assault in the military was made public and Congress took action. We believe that with this film, we can shine a light on similar issues unfolding on college campuses across the country and again move people to act. We want to challenge — and change — the current culture of consent, which all too often allows sexual violence to thrive. 

Join us. Find a screening of The Hunting Ground near you, and learn how you can take a stand today.

The Hunting Ground is just one example of how we invest in storytelling as a way to make the world a fairer place. Typically, we provide support in one of the following ways: 

Partnerships

We partner with organizations that share our vision for systemic change, then chart bold new ways to collaborate. The new Film Circle we co-chair within Women Moving Millions and our Coaching Initiative with the Sundance’s Women Filmmakers Initiative are two examples of how we’ve done that.  

Investments

We invest in the organizations, individuals and content challenging the way gender and race are portrayed in media. The films below and partnerships outlined give insight into our approach. As our friends at the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media say, “If you can’t be it, you can’t see it.”

Production

Microgrants allow us to support smaller works while larger investments provide us the opportunity to go deeper into the process, campaign and/or lifespan of media. Acting as a “creative producer” — a term we borrowed from our friends at Sundance — is the chance to put our money where our values are.

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 new that most people thought only athletes and actors had coaches. Ruth Ann Harnisch became intrigued by the possibilities that coaching offered for personal and institutional transformation when the nonprofit MoreThanMoney used some of her $1million gift to create a coaching program for members who wanted support setting and achieving financial goals. The results were undeniable. Soon, the Harnisch Foundation became the leading philanthropic investor in the coaching sector, supporting global gatherings, creating an online community, developing professional accreditation standards, and championing pro bono coaching and nonprofits within the coaching profession. Most importantly, theHF sought to elevate the profession through rigorous, peer-reviewed academic research. These efforts culminated with theHF’s founding of The Institute of Coaching at Harvard Medical School’s teaching facility McLean Hospital with a $2M investment in 2009. In addition to presenting the annual Harvard Coaching Conference, the Institute awards $100,000 in Harnisch Research Grants every year. Under current leadership, The Institute of Coaching has become a sustainable enterprise with a membership program in the pipeline for 2016. The Institute of Coaching is the end product of years of effort, teamwork, vision, and the philanthropy of many key leaders who pioneered the projects that eventually found a home at the Institute, including David Goldsmith, Dr. Mary Wayne Bush, Dr. Vikki Brock, Dr. John Bennett, Andrea J. Lee, and others. We are incredibly proud of the current team leading the Institute to new heights including Dr. Carol Kauffman, Margaret Moore, Dr. Susan David, Dr. Jeffery Hull, and Laurel Smith Doggett.

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 new that most people thought only athletes and actors had coaches. Ruth Ann Harnisch became intrigued by the possibilities that coaching offered for personal and institutional transformation when the nonprofit MoreThanMoney used some of her $1million gift to create a coaching program for members who wanted support setting and achieving financial goals. The results were undeniable. Soon, the Harnisch Foundation became the leading philanthropic investor in the coaching sector, supporting global gatherings, creating an online community, developing professional accreditation standards, and championing pro bono coaching and nonprofits within the coaching profession. Most importantly, theHF sought to elevate the profession through rigorous, peer-reviewed academic research. These efforts culminated with theHF’s founding of The Institute of Coaching at Harvard Medical School’s teaching facility McLean Hospital with a $2M investment in 2009. In addition to presenting the annual Harvard Coaching Conference, the Institute awards $100,000 in Harnisch Research Grants every year. Under current leadership, The Institute of Coaching has become a sustainable enterprise with a membership program in the pipeline for 2016. The Institute of Coaching is the end product of years of effort, teamwork, vision, and the philanthropy of many key leaders who pioneered the projects that eventually found a home at the Institute, including David Goldsmith, Dr. Mary Wayne Bush, Dr. Vikki Brock, Dr. John Bennett, Andrea J. Lee, and others. We are incredibly proud of the current team leading the Institute to new heights including Dr. Carol Kauffman, Margaret Moore, Dr. Susan David, Dr. Jeffery Hull, and Laurel Smith Doggett.

Center for Sustainable Journalism at Kennesaw State University

As traditional media revenue sources evaporated and legacy media scrambled for survival, KSU professor Leonard Witt made a modest proposal. What if people chipped in to underwrite a journalist to cover their chosen beat? Ruth Ann contacted Len to find out more, and together they tested his theories in the real world. Who will pay for high-quality, reliably sourced, relevant journalism on significant topics?

Len had bigger ideas. He proposed the creation of the Center for Sustainable Journalism to continue exploring new ways of creating and paying for information. The Harnisch Foundation became the Center’s founding funder and met quarterly with the CSJ team to gauge progress.

The CSJ now makes national impact with its current capstone project, the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange and the online and print publication Youth Today. Original, in-depth reporting, commentary, research and resources for the youth justice and “out of school time” sectors attract thousands of subscribers and viewers, representing a variety of stakeholders in youth services including police, parents, courts, lawmakers, educators, volunteers, parents, and businesses.

The JJIE and YT are proving Len’s concepts every day: people and institutions with an interest in news about a specific beat are willing to pay for that news.

More Than Money

It seemed like the most strategic investment possible: help the wealthiest people learn to put their money where their values are, and their philanthropy will transform society. (The Giving Pledge made famous by billionaires had its roots here.) That’s why our first $1M investment went to More than Money, an educational network for people who wanted to use their resources to create “a more joyful, just, and sustainable world.”

This intense donor education informed and influenced Ruth Ann’s grantmaking from the early days of the Foundation. Helping individuals of means to invest to achieve social goals is still one of our specialties, inspired by and partnering with many connections made through the organization and its members. As board chair, Ruth Ann brought her journalistic sensibilities to the organization’s publication, MoreThanMoney Journal. It’s where she was introduced to the concept and impact of professional coaching, which had a powerful effect on the direction of her own philanthropy and life.

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 Bill Harnisch, whose generosity underwrites the family philanthropy, attributes his business success to his tuition-free, books included, college education at “The Poor Man’s Harvard,” as it was known. Baruch still serves the striving student, although tuition’s not free any more. That is, unless you are a Harnisch Scholar. Our scholars not only attend college free of charge but receive a paid internships to boot.

The Harnisch Foundation’s commitment to Baruch moved beyond our scholars when the college created its new Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions. It was then that we sponsored its state-of-the-art media lab, Studio H. The department’s first chair, Prof. Geanne Perlman Rosenberg, leads the Harnisch Journalism Projects and it’s in this capacity that she develops resources for students and journalists on ethics, press law, media literacy, and new media. In addition, she has led a number of collaborative initiatives with partners like the The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, the Student Press Law Center, and the Poynter Institute.

Baruch’s been recognized as the most ethnically diverse campus by both U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review more times than any other college in the United States; one more reason Baruch is the perfect ally with whom to build a world where everyone is valued and heard.

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 Bill Harnisch, whose generosity underwrites the family philanthropy, attributes his business success to his tuition-free, books included, college education at “The Poor Man’s Harvard,” as it was known. Baruch still serves the striving student, although tuition’s not free any more. That is, unless you are a Harnisch Scholar. Our scholars not only attend college free of charge but receive a paid internships to boot.

The Harnisch Foundation’s commitment to Baruch moved beyond our scholars when the college created its new Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions. It was then that we sponsored its state-of-the-art media lab, Studio H. The department’s first chair, Prof. Geanne Perlman Rosenberg, leads the Harnisch Journalism Projects and it’s in this capacity that she develops resources for students and journalists on ethics, press law, media literacy, and new media. In addition, she has led a number of collaborative initiatives with partners like the The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, the Student Press Law Center, and the Poynter Institute.

Baruch’s been recognized as the most ethnically diverse campus by both U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review more times than any other college in the United States; one more reason Baruch is the perfect ally with whom to build a world where everyone is valued and heard.

Tennessee Justice Center

When our Founder Ruth Ann Harnisch was a journalist, her work brought her in constant contact with evidence that low-income people have a harder time getting justice than most. So, when “Nashvillian of the Year” Gordon Bonnyman founded The Tennessee Justice Center, he knew that his Leadership Nashville classmate would be among the first to write a check.

The TJC is a nonprofit public interest law and advocacy firm. Gordon and the other attorneys at the Center take on the toughest policy issues of our times, pursuing fairness under the law for poor people when the most basic necessities of life are at stake. The TJC is now famous for holding government accountable.

In almost two decades of donor partnership, The HF team has provided coaching and support to help the TJC expand their revenue streams as our involvement has lessened.

Tennessee Justice Center

When our Founder Ruth Ann Harnisch was a journalist, her work brought her in constant contact with evidence that low-income people have a harder time getting justice than most. So, when “Nashvillian of the Year” Gordon Bonnyman founded The Tennessee Justice Center, he knew that his Leadership Nashville classmate would be among the first to write a check.

The TJC is a nonprofit public interest law and advocacy firm. Gordon and the other attorneys at the Center take on the toughest policy issues of our times, pursuing fairness under the law for poor people when the most basic necessities of life are at stake. The TJC is now famous for holding government accountable.

In almost two decades of donor partnership, The HF team has provided coaching and support to help the TJC expand their revenue streams as our involvement has lessened.

Leadership Nashville

Many cities boast a leadership program that connects the area’s most powerful people representing diverse constituencies. Founded in 1976, Leadership Nashville was one of the first, still serving as a model for dozens of other programs around the world. A carefully curated cross-section of established leaders is chosen every year.

These people, representing a variety of professions, political interests, economic backgrounds, races, ethnicities, religions, geographical origins and interests, meet once a month for intense days of confronting issues facing the community. Members stay connected through the annual directory which lists all participants since the program’s inception. The Harnisch Foundation underwrote the directory from 1999-2011, and our Founder Ruth Ann Harnisch (class of ’88) still cherishes the lessons in civic engagement with diverse colleagues.

Leadership programs build deeply trusting relationships among people who see the world very differently. These relationships can and do prevail when politics, race, gender, religion, and other factors threaten to divide us. (Hmmm. How about Leadership Congress?)

Acumen Global Fellows

The Acumen Global Fellows program is a leadership development experience that is not for the faint of heart. Acumen founder Jacqueline Novogratz models bold, visionary, global leadership and relentlessly seeks equally committed social change agents. It’s fitting, then, that the Fellows Global Program calls on those individuals not only committed to service, but those who have the business and operational expertise, and moral imagination needed to affect long-term social change.

The Harnisch Foundation’s multi-year gift was an investment in international business that eliminates the need for charity, as Acumen Global Fellows help create sustainable enterprises where economic development is most needed.

Simmering on our back burner: How can all the great Fellows programs share best practices and learnings?

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 promoting the health, well-being, safety, and economic self-sufficiency of women and girls. Our Founder Ruth Ann Harnisch was among the first to serve on its advisory board, and helped to create The Power of the Purse luncheon. Featuring powerful women keynoters and highlighting the work of grantees, Power of the Purse has become group’s signature fundraising event.

In addition to grantmaking, The Women’s Fund educates, encourages, and empowers women as philanthropists. Ruth Ann has been honored by the Fund for her leadership and pledge of a million dollar gift to the Fund’s endowment. Because of that gift, The Women’s Fund became a member of the Women’s Funding Network, bringing new opportunities for learning best practices and working collectively with other like-minded donor organizations.

Acumen Global Fellows

The Acumen Global Fellows program is a leadership development experience that is not for the faint of heart. Acumen founder Jacqueline Novogratz models bold, visionary, global leadership and relentlessly seeks equally committed social change agents. It’s fitting, then, that the Fellows Global Program calls on those individuals not only committed to service, but those who have the business and operational expertise, and moral imagination needed to affect long-term social change.

The Harnisch Foundation’s multi-year gift was an investment in international business that eliminates the need for charity, as Acumen Global Fellows help create sustainable enterprises where economic development is most needed.

Simmering on our back burner: How can all the great Fellows programs share best practices and learnings?

Women Moving Millions Film Circle

Women Moving Millions is a growing community of individuals who have each made pledges of $1M or more to organizations or initiatives that work to advance the status of women and girls globally.

A member since 2007, Ruth Ann joined forces with the group’s CEO Jacki Zehner to create and co-chair the Women Moving Million’s Film Circle to leverage the expertise and collective passion of WMM members to support and advance social impact media by and about women. Through partnerships with allied organizations, members are presented with opportunities to learn about, fund, and take action on behalf of women mediamakers, their projects, and the industry at large, as it relates to gender equity. Here’s how: 

Learn

Education is critical to making  intelligent investments and learning how to best support women in the sector. Members benefit from a number of resources, strategies, and insights from Women Moving Millions Film Circle members, partners, and experts.

Fund

Money matters. Not enough of it is going to women filmmakers and female-focused projects. The Film Circle aims to change that by bringing to members a small number of quality projects championed by WMM’s own members and allied organizations.

Act

Supporting a film means more than just investing. We connect members to a wide range of ways to advance their goals, including participating in social impact campaigns, attending online and live events, and engaging other stakeholders.

Interested in learning more about the Film Circle? Email Us.

BINDERCON

What began as a response to Mitt Romney’s “binders full of women” quip during the 2012 presidential debate and dismal statistics around gender disparity in the media became a new and exciting type of female community. Naturally, we wanted in.

That’s why, when the women behind BinderCon came to us with the idea for a conference aimed at increasing the diversity of voices in the media and literary arts by empowering women and gender non-conforming writers through biannual professional development conferences, we knew these were our people.

The first BinderCon, hosted in October 2014, gathered over 500 writers for a weekend full of panels, workshops, and networking events for women at all stages of their writing careers. Our contribution? We hosted a luncheon featuring former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson and Director of the Tow Center for Journalism, Emily Bell. Emily presided over a colorful conversation with Jill on her four-decade career and stint at the NYT. The timeliness, impact and receptivity of BinderCon was astounding. So much so, that…

We were the leading sponsor of the March 2015 BinderCon LA Conference

 

The Hunting Ground

1 in 5 women is sexually assaulted while in college, according to the Campus Sexual Assault Study of the National Institute of Justice. We intend to change that.

Which is why we are pleased to announce that our Founder Ruth Ann Harnisch is one of the Executive Producers for the film The Hunting Ground.

From Oscar-nominated Producer/Director team Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick (The Invisible War), comes a startling exposé of rape crimes on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families. Weaving together verité footage and first-person testimonies, the film follows survivors as they pursue their education while fighting for justice — despite harsh retaliation, harassment and pushback at every level.

As a result of The Invisible War (and the incredible network of concerned individuals Amy and Kirby built around it), the problem of sexual assault in the military was made public and Congress took action. We believe that with this film, we can shine a light on similar issues unfolding on college campuses across the country and again move people to act. We want to challenge — and change — the current culture of consent, which all too often allows sexual violence to thrive. 

Join us. Find a screening of The Hunting Ground near you, and learn how you can take a stand today.

The Hunting Ground is just one example of how we invest in storytelling as a way to make the world a fairer place. Typically, we provide support in one of the following ways: 

Partnerships

We partner with organizations that share our vision for systemic change, then chart bold new ways to collaborate. The new Film Circle we co-chair within Women Moving Millions and our Coaching Initiative with the Sundance’s Women Filmmakers Initiative are two examples of how we’ve done that.  

Investments

We invest in the organizations, individuals and content challenging the way gender and race are portrayed in media. The films below and partnerships outlined give insight into our approach. As our friends at the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media say, “If you can’t be it, you can’t see it.”

Production

Microgrants allow us to support smaller works while larger investments provide us the opportunity to go deeper into the process, campaign and/or lifespan of media. Acting as a “creative producer” — a term we borrowed from our friends at Sundance — is the chance to put our money where our values are.

Women Moving Millions Film Circle

Women Moving Millions is a growing community of individuals who have each made pledges of $1M or more to organizations or initiatives that work to advance the status of women and girls globally.

A member since 2007, Ruth Ann joined forces with the group’s CEO Jacki Zehner to create and co-chair the Women Moving Million’s Film Circle to leverage the expertise and collective passion of WMM members to support and advance social impact media by and about women. Through partnerships with allied organizations, members are presented with opportunities to learn about, fund, and take action on behalf of women mediamakers, their projects, and the industry at large, as it relates to gender equity. Here’s how: 

Learn

Education is critical to making  intelligent investments and learning how to best support women in the sector. Members benefit from a number of resources, strategies, and insights from Women Moving Millions Film Circle members, partners, and experts.

Fund

Money matters. Not enough of it is going to women filmmakers and female-focused projects. The Film Circle aims to change that by bringing to members a small number of quality projects championed by WMM’s own members and allied organizations.

Act

Supporting a film means more than just investing. We connect members to a wide range of ways to advance their goals, including participating in social impact campaigns, attending online and live events, and engaging other stakeholders.

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