The Ms. Foundation for Women envisions a world in which Women and Girls of Color (WGOC) leverage their voice, power, and expertise to transform systems to live full and healthy lives. With an unapologetic commitment to a racial and gender equity/justice lens, the Foundation has shifted its grantmaking focus to building power and leadership of WGOC – which include Indigenous, Black, Latinx, Middle Eastern, and Asian/Pacific Islander women, girls, and nonbinary folks, both transgender and cisgender.
The multi-year program strategy has the goals of strengthening the organizational and financial sustainability of an ecosystem of WGOC-led organizations; increasing connectivity between WGOC-led organizations; and positioning WGOC leaders as key experts and decision-makers in shaping policy and culture change. The Foundation believes that using an intersectional framework will wield the full strength of WGOC’s knowledge, experience, and networks and lead to transformational change.
In this round of grantmaking, the Foundation will invest funds in support of WGOC-led groups in the U.S. South across the spectrum of movement building and organizing. The Ms. South strategy also supports the leadership of Southern WGOC through capacity building, networking, communications to amplify the work of their organizations, and advocacy within the philanthropy community to increase giving to WGOC by a significant margin.
The Ms. Foundation for Women welcomes requests for general operating support from groups working in the U.S. South.
If selected, Ms. grantee partners may have the opportunity to participate in capacity building and learning activities that may include grantee trainings, convenings, strategy sessions, and webinars. These activities would not involve additional costs to the grantee, with the exception of grantee convening travel incidentals. The Ms. Foundation for Women may also request grantees’ participation in activities such as events, media outreach, and others to build national visibility around key issues and further support your advocacy.
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