CBS Corporation has announced grants totaling $20 million to organizations working to eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace.
CBS pledged the $20 million in September after it ousted CEO Les Moonves over sexual misconduct allegations, saying the funds would be taken out of Moonves's severance package of $140 million. (On Monday evening, the media company announced that Moonves would not receive any severance.) Eighteen organizations have been selected to receive grants in support of their "approaches to combating sexual harassment, including efforts to change culture and improve gender equity in the workplace, train and educate employees, and provide victims with services and support."
Recipients include TIME'S UP Entertainment, which will use its grant to launch an initiative aimed at increasing the number of people of color and from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds in the entertainment industry's executive and producer pool; Catalyst, a global nonprofit that works with CEOs and leading companies to build workplaces that work for women; Free the Bid, which works to give a voice to women in film, advertising, and TV; the International Women's Media Foundation, an NGO that offers safety training, reporting trips, and byline opportunities to female journalists; STRIVE International, which trains participants in skills that employers need; the Sundance Institute's Momentum Fellowship program; Women in Film Los Angeles, and the Women's Media Center.
In the area of victims' support, grants were awarded to Girls for Gender Equity/the "Me Too" Movement, RAINN, and TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund. In the area of training, education, and culture change, CBS awarded grants to the Freedom Forum Institute – Power Shift Project, Futures Without Violence, the National Women's Law Center, Press Forward, and the Producers Guild of America Foundation. In addition, the Collaborative Fund for Women's Safety and Dignity (a project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors) and the New York Women's Foundation received grants designated for re-granting to other organizations.
"Our organizations serve on the front lines of this effort every day, and we continue to see enormous need for our work," the grant recipients said in a joint statement. "We know these funds will help us create and expand a range of important programs that advance our collective mission and help many individuals get justice....We also recognize these funds are not a panacea, nor do they erase or absolve decades of bad behavior."