CFF awards $11 million to address gender-based violence

CFF awards $11 million to address gender-based violence

The Collective Future Fund (CFF), a New York City-based funder collaborative, has announced grants totaling $11 million to organizations at the forefront of efforts to end gender-based violence in all its forms.

In its first multiyear funding round, CFF awarded three-year grants to twenty-five organizations led by Black, Indigenous, and people of color women, queer, transgender, gender non-conforming, non-binary, and immigrant and migrant survivors of color, with $8 million of the funding to be disbursed in 2021 to help meet ongoing needs. In 2020, the fund awarded rapid-response grants to help address the immediate safety concerns of survivors of violence and communities of color.

Recipients include A Long Walk Home, which uses art, organizing, and campaigning to empower Black girls to make their voices heard; Justice for Migrant Women, which works to advance the human and civil rights of migrant women and their families; Solutions Not Punishment, a Black trans- and queer-led organization that works to build collective leadership and political power; and the Sovereign Bodies Institute, which is creating a better understanding of how Indigenous nations and communities are impacted by gender and sexual violence and how they can move toward healing and freedom.

Launched in 2019 with  commitments totaling more than $20 million and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors as a fiscal sponsor, CFF is funded by CBS, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies, Pivotal Ventures, Unbound Philanthropy, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, and the Ford, Nathan Cummings, General Service, Conrad N. Hilton, NoVo, and Open Society foundations.

"[The year] 2020 exemplified the resilience and dedication of BIPOC- and survivor-led organizations, with our communities facing cascading, interconnected, and ongoing pandemics — from escalating patriarchal violence, to economic uncertainty, to COVID-19," said Collective Future Fund director Aleyamma Mathew. "Our grantee partners faced these challenges head-on, proving again the importance of leadership rooted in lived experience and collective power. It is critical that our support of these powerful movements does not stop with rapid response grants. We want to help sustain and grow the transformational work of building a world free from violence and implore other funders to follow suit and provide the stable flow of resources that survivor- and women-of-color-led organizations need to make lasting change."

(Photo credit: A Long Walk Home)