Who we support
In our two decades (plus) of investing in people, organizations, and ideas, we’ve put our dollars where we think they will do the most good at the moment our funding is most needed. Sometimes our grant is a lone, early vote of confidence, other gifts are part of a massive campaign involving thousands of supporters. We’re early believers in organizations that we expect to outgrow us. We provide small amounts of initial capital, celebrating when a grantee has succeeded enough that we can no longer afford to be a lead sponsor.
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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.
Who gets to be a leader? Only in recent decades has society expanded the definition of who is qualified to lead, who is allowed to lead. Our grantmaking seeks to advance the leadership of those who have not been traditionally included. We recognize that leadership skills can be taught, and since many women wish they’d learned those skills earlier in life, we designed a program to teach leadership skills to girls. We invest in communities of leaders, coaching for leadership, community leadership, organizations that support leaders.
It’s been said that storytelling is the essence of being human, that we have always been defined by the stories we tell each other. Until recently, stories were centered on men, written by men, brought to the screen or the page by men. We want the power of storytelling to be available to more voices. Because storytelling is a powerful vehicle for change, we invest in individual stories and storytellers, as well as the systemic shifts aimed at creating a more equitable landscape.
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.