Start From the Ground Up: Increasing Support for Girls of Color

This is a webinar focused around the breakthrough research we undertook with partners Frontline Solutions and CLASP to better understand the landscape of philanthropy’s current investment in girls of color and steps we may take in substantially increasing this investment.

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Smashing the patriarchy: leading and learning from girl activists

It is so often in this world that decisions are made about girls without their input, from who they marry to whether they receive an education, to what does and doesn’t happen to their bodies. Last month With and For Girls brought together 12 activists from Kenya, Guatemala, Palestine, Nicaragua, Poland, Barbados, Israel, Romania, USA and Nepal to put on a closing plenary at the Human Rights Funders Network conference in Mexico City.
Girls all around the world are leading human rights movements toward a safer and more equal world. They work tirelessly and are under-recognised, under-estimated and underfunded.

Watch a video of this convening here

Girls to the Front: A snapshot of girl-led organizing

It’s tough being a girl. All over the world, girls face multiple layers of discrimination: for being female, for being young and for the other multiple identities that define them, such as race, class, sexual orientation and gender identity. In the face of these challenges, girls worldwide are organising and joining forces to have their agency and autonomy recognised, respected and celebrated. Who better to know what girls need than girls themselves?

Girls and their organisations and/or initiatives are important to social movements. Mama Cash and FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund, two women’s funds long committed to supporting girls and their organising, decided to commission a research study to find out more about how girls are organising across the world. This participatory, feminist, intersectional research placed girls at the centre, making them partners of the study. The participation of Girl Advisors— activists who hail from five different countries and have diverse backgrounds, profiles and
skills– brought invaluable input to the table.

The research used in-depth interviews and an online questionnaire, as well as an exhaustive desk review to collect data from girl-led groups and organisations, girl-centred organisations and the stakeholders that support them at different levels. This is an exciting opportunity to spotlight how girl-led organising takes place and how funders can provide flexible support that responds to the needs of girls and their organising.

Read more of the Girls to the Front report here

In Solidarity We Rise: Call for Proposals

National Crittenton invites proposals for a national gathering focused on healing, opportunity, and justice for girls and gender nonconforming young people.

The event will bring together young leaders, advocates, social service professionals, community-based organizations, and policymakers to strategize, share solutions, imagine new futures, and make connections between our spaces, issues, and approaches.

We invite proposals for one-hour Innovation in Motion sessions. Sessions can be interactive workshops, presentations, performances, film, panels, or other creative formats. Sessions led or co-led by girls, young women, or gender nonconforming youth will receive priority.

Innovation in Motion sessions are dynamic, interactive sessions that share exciting, creative models and ideas for programming, community organizing, communication, and policy reform from folks’ on-the-ground work in communities. Sessions can range from sharing successful campaign efforts to workshopping a new initiative or idea.

We invite proposals on many subjects and issue areas that reflect meaningful diversity with attention to race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexuality, disability, region, culture, and class.

At In Solidarity 2017, Innovation in Motion session presenters:

  • Shared how a regional alliance of girls’ organizations partnered with a school district to advance policy reforms identified by students;
  • Discussed how they created a digital campaign to support and engage with young moms;
  • Released a toolkit for administering community-based services to at-risk and systems-involved Latina youth;
  • Used Theatre of the Oppressed in an interactive workshop designed to build sisterhood and common ground;
    And led more than a dozen other presentations and workshops

All proposals must be received by 5:00 pm PST on December 1, 2018. Proposals will be evaluated by a committee of individuals representing National Crittenton and Crittenton agencies across the country.

If accepted to participate, up to two individuals ages 25 and younger will receive free registration and up to two individuals ages 26 and older will recieve a 50% discount on registration. All participants must provide their own travel and lodging.

Important Dates
Proposal due: December 1, 2018
Acceptance notification: December 20, 2018
Conference date: May 9-11, 2019

Learn more and submit a proposal here. 

Register for the conference here

Young Women’s Initiative’s Blueprint for Action: Supporting Young Women of Color in the District of Columbi

The Blueprint represents the collective voice of more than 250 young women, policymakers, philanthropists, scholars, service providers, and government officials. It provides guidance for policymakers, government entities, community based organizations, school districts, and funders on how to address challenges identified by young women of color living in the District of Columbia.

Link to Blueprint

‘Queen talk’: Pittsburgh Black Women and Girls Describe How They Navigate the World

“They are forced into either conforming or they are pushed out of the settings they happen to be in.”

“Sometimes it’s a struggle when people just don’t understand my culture.”

“There’s not a certain archetype of what a black girl is like. A black girl can be, like, so many things.”

For two days in September, PublicSource attended the 2018 Gwen’s Girls Black Girl Equity Summit. Black girls in middle schools and high schools from around the Pittsburgh region met to create guiding principles that will help prevent or even abolish discrimination and oppression of black girls in Allegheny County.

The third annual summit was made possible by Gwen’s Girls in partnership with the Black Girls Equity Alliance of Pittsburgh.

Read more at Public Source.

FRIDA: The Young Feminist Fund’s Annual 2017 Report

At FRIDA, we’ve found our place in a new conversation, one of innovation and opportunity, one that isn’t afraid to challenge existing structures, or ask uncomfortable questions. As we embarked on relooking at last year’s journey, we thought to ourselves what it really means to be a young feminist activist in today’s world of shrinking spaces and
competitive resources.We remain an untamed, untouched and unafraid beauty that blossoms in a seemingly dark place. Young feminist organizing is blooming all over the world—we exist everywhere, we are no longer inconsequential and we refuse to be infantilised. Our identity lies in the way we adapt to changing contexts, continue to branch out and emerge stronger and more resilient, piercing as the sun and organic as the flower.

Read more at FRIDA.

Ripple Effect: A Foundation Looks to Women and Girls of Color to Take the Lead

The Ms. Foundation for Women, the nation’s’ oldest women’s foundation, shared a new five-year strategic plan this month that outlines a $25 million commitment to invest in women and girls of color and gender equity.

“We want to create a safe and just world where power and possibility are not limited,” Ms. Foundation president and CEO Teresa C. Younger tells us. The plan introduces a six-pronged approach to support organizations led by and for women of color while “building power [and] advancing democracy.” One of its strategies is to create a new 501(c)(4) arm, which will free the organization to increase its political activities under U.S. tax law.

Read more at Inside Philanthropy.

Good News: The Ms. Foundation Is Making a Major Investment in Women of Color

Finally, some good news to come out of Black Women’s Equal Pay Day: On Tuesday, the Ms. Foundation for Women announced a new strategic plan (PDF) which “will route $25 million to grassroots organizations led by, or serving, women and girls of color over the next five years in an effort to improve outcomes for all women.”

Read more at The Root. 

Call for Ideas: Apply for Pillars Grants by July 31

The 2018-19 Pillars grant cycle is under way! At Pillars, we are looking for grantee partners who are committed to advancing American Muslim talent and leadership to serve our communities and contribute broadly to the world around us.

Muslims have a critical role to play in social and racial justice movements in the United States. We strongly encourage grantseekers who share this belief to visit our website and submit a Letter of Inquiry by July 31, 2018. Selected applicants will be invited to submit a Full Proposal in Fall 2018.

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Pillars seeks to advance three priorities through our grantmaking:

  • Rights: We support social and policy change efforts that allow American Muslims to live and thrive with dignity and that protect and expand the human and civil rights of us all.
  • Wellness: We support the growth and nurturing of whole, healthy American Muslim communities that are equipped to serve those nearest to them and society at large.
  • Understanding: We support a range of approaches to amplify American Muslim voices, create a deeper understanding of American Muslims and American society, and encourage people to learn more and take action.

Because strong leaders and institutions are key to advancing these priorities, we will also consider opportunities to invest in leadership development and organizational capacity to strengthen the American Muslim civic engagement community as a whole.

We look forward to learning more about your bold ideas. To get started, please visit our website for more details and create an online account. And, we’d love to hear from you. Please send any questions to our team at grants@pillarsfund.org.