The New York Women's Foundation has announced that it awarded grants totaling $11 million to a hundred and seventy-five community organizations in 2018.
New initiatives launched by the foundation during the year include the Fund for the #MeToo Movement and Allies, which is focused on survivor-led organizations working to strengthen communities affected by sexual abuse, and the Justice Fund, which seeks to dismantle mass incarceration in New York City through a family-centered paradigm. Grant recipients included the New Economy Project, which is working toward an economy rooted in cooperation, equity, social and racial justice, and ecological sustainability; Girls Write Now, which encourages underserved young women to find their voice with the help of mentoring, community engagement, and the written word; and the Fostering Progressive Advocacy Foundation, which works to build the capacity of underserved communities and organizations focused on social justice issues.
"These extraordinarily demanding times call for increased responsiveness, investment, and collaboration from philanthropy. We have an opportunity to work together to leverage our resources strategically and effectively," said New York Women's Foundation president and CEO Ana Oliveira. "Our 2018 grantmaking expresses the foundation's increased response to the needs of historically underinvested communities most impacted by poverty and violence, particularly through building upon our philanthropic partnerships to maximize impact."