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.

Here are some of our greatest hits! Scroll down for more grantees.


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.



Arab-American Family Support Center (AAFSC)

Arab-American Family Support Center (AAFSC) in downtown Brooklyn & Queens is an integral and intergenerational…
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United States Air Force Academy

Air Force Academy Center for Character and Leadership Development focuses on developing officers and leaders…
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Brotherhood Sister Sol

Established over 25 years ago, the Brotherhood Sister Sol (BroSis) is dedicated to making space…
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Henry St. Settlement (Abrons Art Center)

Henry Street Settlement (Abrons Art Center)

Henry Street Settlement in the Lowest East Side of Manhattan is a leader in child…
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LEAP NYC provides educational arts programs to promote access and equality for NYC students underserved…
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NYC Great!

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

International Girls Ensemble

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

Riverdale is a Pre-K through grade 12 independent school in New York City committed to…
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HYPOTHEkids at Teachers College Community School

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

The #MeToo movement for Black women is complex, explored thoughtfully in this documentary, with a…
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The 19th*

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

Strawberry Summer

When we met this female filmmaking team at a Sundance film financing event, we were…
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Out of My Head: Billie and Morgan Jernigan

Out of My Head

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

The Feeling of Being Watched

How would you feel if you – and your neighbors – noticed strange vehicles parked…
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Al Jidar: THE WALL

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

How come if most kitchens are presided over by women that so few professional kitchens…
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Running with My Girls

Running With My Girls

This documentary focusing on Black women running for a variety of elected offices is still…
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With so many women running for office in the USA in 2018, a pair of…
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Fred Rogers

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

This nostalgic bio of the beloved Mr. Rogers was one of the top-performing documentaries in…
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Here’s what happens when women are targeted on the internet and their lives are upended…
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Ilhan Omar

Time for Ilhan

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

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

We Are The Radical Monarchs

The Oakland-based Radical Monarchs started out as the Radical Brownies until the Girl Scouts put…
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Ordinary Women: Ida B. Wells

Multiple bang for the buck! With a single grant we support internet she-ro Anita Sarkeesian, …
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The 5 Browns

Maybe you remember seeing the talented Brown family on Oprah or 60Minutes. The 5 Browns…
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Kinsey Institute/Indiana University

When the documentaries Sexy Baby and Hot Girls Wanted exposed the insidious ways underage girls…
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Evolve Entertainment Fund/LA Mayor’s Office

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

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

In 2011, long before #MeToo, the epidemic of sexual assault in the military was exposed…
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She’s The First

The idea started out simply: support girls who are the first in their family to…
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The Network of Elected Women is NEW, for short, and also new, founded by Allison…
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Op-Ed Project

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

This is today’s tech take on the idea of a suicide hotline. Instead of making…
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This grant hits so many of our areas of funding: 1) We like investing early…
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Can we finally tell the truth about how hard it is to be a working…
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World Pulse

World Pulse

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

Higher Heights (Leadership Fund)

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

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

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

Werk It/WNYC

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

End Rape On Campus

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

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

Women Donors Network

Years ago, WDN recognized the need to undertake bold anti-racist education for its (mostly white)…
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New York Women's Foundation

New York Women’s Foundation

In the decades since our founding, we’ve learned that it’s best to give money to…
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Lady Parts Justice/Abortion Access Front

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

How will we ever achieve gender parity in elected office if women won’t run? Vote…
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Chicken & Egg Diversity Fellowship

There’s nothing we love more than a grant that puts itself out of business. We…
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Annenberg Inclusion Initiative (MDSCI)

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

We think it’s smart to take a good hard look at yourself when you’ve been…
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South Asian Youth Action (SAYA)

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

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

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

Global Kids

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

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

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

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

We favor grantees that serve overlapping areas of investment for us. Philanthropy Women hits targets…
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RAISE HELL – The Life & Times of Molly Ivins

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

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

For four decades, the Sundance name has been synonymous with championing independent cinema. Through the…
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TED is one of our favorite creative communities, full of rising stars who are bringing…
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The Eagle Huntress

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jane Gray was a young first-time filmmaker when she asked her friends and colleagues to…
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No Bigger Than A Minute

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

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

Led by Producer-Writer-Director Katrina Browne, a largely female filmmaking team spent almost a decade documenting…
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This inspiring documentary by director Julia Bacha and a female-led American/Israeli/Palestinian filmmaking team was strongly…
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Moving Windmills

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

Filmmaker Ruth Cowan’s documentary follows seven female judges working to transform South Africa from apartheid…
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Reproductive rights activist Dr. Rebecca Gomperts uses an offshore vessel as a clinic to serve…
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Another TED Fellow, another Kickstarter campaign. Jen Brea’s life was disrupted by a diagnosis of…
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Be Natural

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

Although the subject is disturbing, we joined with other feminist funders to bring the work…
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At least half of American women will experience an unintended pregnancy by the age of…
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She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women…
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Ah, “ancient history.” What seems like a generation ago (but really less than a decade…
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Women Moving Millions

Women Moving Millions Film Circle

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

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

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

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

It seemed like the most strategic investment possible: help the wealthiest people learn to put…
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Center for Sustainable Journalism at Kennesaw State University

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

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