The NoVo Foundation has announced a seven-year, $90 million commitment in support of efforts to strengthen and deepen the movement for girls and young women of color in the United States.
The commitment — the largest ever made by a private foundation to address structural inequities facing girls and young women of color — will support grassroots programming and advocacy that are girl-led, girl-driven, and designed to address the systemic and institutional challenges faced by girls and young women of color. As part of the process to identify how best to invest the funds, the foundation will hold a series of regional learning sessions over the next few month to hear directly from girls and young women of color, as well as advocates and activists. Many of those sessions will take place in the South, Southeast, and Midwest, which have not been a particular focus of national conversations about gender and racial justice. The foundation also will engage with leaders in New York City, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., and other cities where it has ongoing partnerships to help determine its national strategy and priorities.
"Our goal is to create the conditions for change by advancing the work of the real experts in this movement: girls and young women of color and the advocates working with them," said NoVo Foundation co-president Peter Buffett.
"Inherently, girls and young women of color already hold incredible power and potential," said Jennifer Buffett, the foundation's co-president. "This work is about dismantling the barriers that prevent them from realizing that potential and leading us toward a truly transformative movement for change."