Grantmakers for Girls of Color Announces $1 Million Fund

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 4, 2020

 

Grantmakers for Girls of Color Announces $1 Million to Address Immediate Impacts of COVID-19 on Girls and Gender Expansive Youth of Color

 

Love Is Healing Response Fund marks Grantmakers for Girls of Color’s first grantmaking effort as an independent entity

 

 

NEW YORK, NY — Grantmakers for Girls of Color (G4CC) announced today that it will give $1 million in grants to resource organizations and efforts addressing the immediate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on girls, fem(mes), and nonbinary/gender expansive youth of color.

“In this moment and beyond, philanthropy must address the lack of diversity, quality, and responsiveness of capital directed to support girls of color at the intersection of their complex identities and experiences,” said Dr. Monique W. Morris, newly appointed executive director of Grantmakers for Girls of Color. “Even before this pandemic, girls and gender expansive youth of color have faced interlocking forms of oppression that prevent their full participation in our country’s future. The Love is Healing fund seeks to support coalitions and organizations that have been fighting historical inequities and the marginalization of girls of color well before COVID-19—and who are responding now with creativity, care, and urgency.”

As COVID-19 hit the country, the magnitude of the pandemic further exacerbated race- and gender- based disparities. Data shows that women of color are more likely to be employed in essential public and service sectors, disproportionately exposing them to the pandemic. First quarter unemployment statistics show that Black and Latina teen girls are disproportionately unemployed and experiencing educational disparities during this pandemic. Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Middle Eastern and Asian Pacific American girls across the nation describe their mental health as on the decline, facing an inability to balance mental and emotional wellness, education, and personal safety. In response, funding continues to be sparse as only 23 percent of philanthropic investments support structural barriers that girls of color identify as important.

Through the Love is Healing COVID-19 Response Fund, Grantmakers for Girls of Color is investing $1 million to address the following priorities focused on the needs of girls and gender expansive youth of color: COVID-19-related advocacy and immediate mapping needs; economic and educational response strategies; interventions to support systems impacted youth or survivors of gender-based violence; preventative or responsive mental, physical and emotional health strategies.

Additional Details on the Love Is Healing Response Fund:

  • The fund will provide one-time grants of up to $25,000 to 501(c)3 organizations (including those with fiscal sponsorship) and coalitions led by womxn or girls of color and/or with primary (demonstrable) mission to reach girls of color, fem(mes), and gender-expansive youth of color based in the United States or U.S. Territories.
  • Applications are by invitation-only and proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis online with funds distributed between May-November.
  • Applicants will receive a decision within two weeks.

As part of its response to the pandemic and its impact on communities, Grantmakers for Girls of Color has also launched a webinar series to connect funders with frontline organizers and advocates and increase philanthropy’s capacity for culturally- and gender-response COVID-19 relief efforts.

Initially launched as a shared resource across philanthropy in 2015, Grantmakers for Girls of Color now is an independent entity and a funding community informed by the lived experiences of girls, activists and advocates under the leadership of its first executive director, Dr. Monique W. Morris. Dr. Morris, an award-winning author, educator and activist, holds three decades of experience in education, civil rights, and juvenile and social justice and has been a lifelong advocate for improving the educational and socioeconomic conditions for girls and women of color. She also holds credits as executive producer and co-writer of the recently released documentary, PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools. Grantmakers for Girls of Color works to amplify and resource the transformative organizing work girls of color and girls activists and advocates are leading to dismantle systems of oppression in the United States.

About Grantmakers for Girls of Color

Grantmakers for Girls of Color began as a shared resource across philanthropy. As a newly-formed independent entity, fiscally-sponsored by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Grantmakers for Girls of Color will continue to advance its vision for all girls and women to achieve equity and justice in this critical moment in history — and in our future. Grantmakers for Girls of Color openly invites partners and stakeholders to co-create an inclusive space in support of girls and young women of color across programmatic issues and geographic areas. Learn more by visiting GrantmakersforGirlsofColor.org. On Twitter and Instagram: @G4GC_Org.

Inside Philanthropy: Women Face Amplified Risks in the Pandemic. Funders Are Responding

“Many women face multiple challenges during the pandemic, including increased family responsibilities, domestic abuse, job loss, poverty, and risk of illness in frontline jobs. Women are carrying out essential work like nursing, food service, child care or cleaning without adequate protective equipment, paid leave or healthcare. And women are taking on even more of society’s informal caretaking roles, even as their access to support networks, social services and reproductive healthcare diminish.

Black women and other women of color, women who are poor, undocumented, LGBTQ+, those who have differing abilities, are elderly or homeless, girls, and people who don’t conform to the gender binary often face barriers to wellness during normal times. The pandemic has put them at greater risk.

Yet members of these diverse communities also hold deep experience in community organizing and social justice movements. How are funders and other nonprofits stepping up to fill the gaps in public support for these groups, catalyze their leadership, and go beyond business as usual? Here, we take a look at a range of recent efforts by philanthropy to support the needs of U.S. women in the face of COVID-19. (An earlier post explored funder support for girls in the Global South.) A strong national network of women’s funders has been at the forefront of this activity, and many other philanthropic players have pitched in. General operating support and leadership by impacted communities are recurring themes in urgent work now unfolding across the United States.”

Read the full story in Inside Philanthropy.

Forbes: Gender Justice Funders Address Impact Of COVID-19 On Women And Girls

“The COVID-19 pandemic is hitting women and girls the hardest, especially those from low-income communities. A recent study in the U.K. finds that women were about one-third more likely than men to work in a sector that has been shut down, as they make up the bulk of retail and hospitality workers. In the face of gender injustice, a group of philanthropic funders are acting, rooted in feminist principles to challenge oppressive norms and power relations. The first step is to address the disproportionate impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has on women and girls.

“Home is not a safe place for many women and girls. Gender-based violence – affecting 1 in 3 women globally over their lifetimes – is a risk now with COVID-19. Mandatory lock-downs trap and isolate; other sheltering options are inaccessible; added stresses trigger perpetrators; medical care and psychological support are overburdened,” says Cynthia Steele, President and CEO of EMpower, a foundation focused on at-risk youth in emerging market countries. Despite the reported rise in domestic violence, governments have not been providing support to those affected. In mid-March, Steele and the Empower team already reached out to their grantees individually to express solidarity and check in on them.”

Read the full article on Forbes.

Consortium Providing Relief Grants to Southern Black Women and Girls

“Given the unprecedented turmoil of the COVID-19 outbreak many of us will need extraordinary help to care for our families, maintain our homes, and remind our communities to find joy, even in this.

The Southern Black Girls and Women’s Consortium (SBGWC) is a collective of funders, activists and community leaders working to advance the movements for Black girls and women in the Deep South. We are offering an immediate funding opportunity to support Black girls and women and the people who rely on them. The SBGWC COVID-19 fund will rapidly deploy resources to organizations that support Black girls and women in the South that may be experiencing financial crisis or uncertainty due to the coronavirus outbreak.”

Read more on the fund and how to apply on Philanthropy Women. co

COVID-I9-Related Resources and Guides

We are lifting up a resource guide on Covid-ID related emergency efforts already underway. So far the guide includes resources for survivors of gender based violence, workers, artists, Indigenous communities, specific communities of color (Black, Indigenous, Muslim, Immigrant, Women, LGBTQ), families and children, and for remote workplace and technology. We are actively asking the funders and grantmakers on this newsletter list to champion these important efforts with your grants and donations.

Alliance for Girls Releases Eye-Opening Report on the Lived Experience of Girls of Color

Alliance for Girls launched their latest report, Together, We Rise: The Lived Experiences of Girls of Color in Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose. This report was produced to inform the San Francisco Bay Area work of the National Philanthropic Collaborative of Young Women’s Initiatives, and in partnership with the Women’s Foundation of California.

“The powerful first-hand stories from the girls featured in this report underscore how important it is to invest in the lives of young women, especially those of color, in order to create a just and equitable California,” said Surina Khan, CEO of the Women’s Foundation of California. “Listening to their dreams and their struggles is the first step towards empowering them to disrupt the cycle of poverty, violence, and disinvestment.”

Together, We Rise is a girl-led report involving leadership from Alliance for Girls’ (AFG) Young Women’s Leadership Board. In several listening sessions across the Bay Area, girls of color identified the ways structural and systemic barriers impact their identities, producing data that exemplifies existing research themes found in previous AFG reports, with samples totaling over 250 girl-identified youth. From childhood, girls are told about the limit of their worth through the perpetuation of gendered stereotypes and structural violence, in the shape of inequitable pay.

Read more from Alliance for Girls

Sally Nuamah on how punishment against black girls impacts our democracy

As an undergraduate student at George Washington University, Sally Nuamah studied abroad in Ghana and observed the numerous barriers to achievement girls faced as they attended schools designed without them in mind.

This experience sparked her interest in researching black women and girls’ education and led her to create a documentary on the lives of girls in Ghana. Nuamah founded an organization, the TWII Foundation, that has supported around 30 girls with the resources they need to achieve. In fact, the screenings from her documentary raised money to send the three girls in the film to college.

Her scholarship centers on black women and girls and education, and she has received national attention for it. During her one year as an assistant professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy, Nuamah was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 in education, a Chron15 pioneer and a 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. Now, she’ll be pursuing her studies as an assistant professor at the Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy.

Read more at The Chronicle. 

FRIDA Call for Proposals: Meaningful Teenage Girl and LGBTQA Youth Engagement

Call for Proposals – Internal Policies and Procedures for Meaningful Teenage Girl and LGBTQA Youth Engagement

Location: Flexible

Duration: 3 month contract

Application Deadline – July 7, 2019

Application here

ABOUT FRIDA

Founded in 2010, FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund is the only youth-led fund focused exclusively on supporting young feminist activism to advance social justice movements and agendas across the globe. We believe in thecollective power, expertise, and innovation of young feminist organizers to address root causes and structures of inequality in order to create lasting change in their communities. To this end, FRIDA:

  • Provides small flexible grants to fund initiatives led by girls, young women, trans* and intersex youth under 30 years old with small flexible grants for core support, selected through an annual participatory review process.

  • Offers opportunities for capacity development that are accessible and responsive to the needs of young feminist organizers, and based on linking and learning relationships that strengthen networks of young feminist activists within multigenerational movements;

  • Mobilizes resources from both traditional and non-traditional sources, with new and modern methods, to enhance the quality and quantity of funding for women’s human rights; and

  • Builds knowledge for advocacy to ensure financial and non-financial policies are inclusive and responsive to the priorities articulated by girls, young women, trans* and intersex youth.

POSITION BACKGROUND

Since the very first grantmaking cycle, FRIDA has been funding and supporting young feminist groups led by  or centered on teenage girl groups representing different identities and backgrounds. Overall FRIDA funded and supported around 95 girl-led, teenage LGBTQA or girls-centered groups.

At FRIDA we believe in the transforming power of girls and LGBTQA youth activists to fully participate in social justice movements. FRIDA promotes meaningful teenage girl and LGBTQA engagement in its governance and it ensures a representation of girl and LGBTQA expertise in the Advisory Committee. Advisors represented by teenage girls and LGBTQA youth bring their expertise and  perspectives to shape FRIDA’s support to girl led, LGBTQA youth and girl focused groups. They play a key role in advising on girl, LGBTQA issues, supporting with specific outreach in each region, participate in projects and represent FRIDA at advocacy and philanthropy events.

FRIDA is requesting proposals for a consultant who would support in reviewing existing meaningful teenage girl and LGBTQA engagement practices at FRIDA, especially from legal standpoints for safeguarding and recommend what gaps needs to be addressed.

MAIN ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work closely with key staff members girl advisors, grantee partners and board members address any institutional risks, particularly safeguarding and other legal gaps. This will include development of relevant policies, protocols that might include child protection, ethical and labour code working with activists under 18 years old

  • Document and improve existing strategies and approaches to girl engagement, child participation, and child protection

  • Potentially develop girl and queer friendly information that is accessible and relevant to their contexts

  • Organize and deliver online webinars and if needed in-person trainings for FRIDA staff and FRIDA community

  • Advise on legal aspects of meaningful participation of activists under 18 years old in FRIDA’s governance, including Board, Advisory Committee

  • Advise on FRIDA’s grantmaking and document the actual legal process of awarding grants, transferring funds, and providing tailored support to girl-led groups.

  • Advise on FRIDA’s monitoring and evaluation, capacity building, advocacy when it comes to supporting teenage girls and LGBTQA youth participation.

KEY DELIVERABLES

1. An organizational audit of current policies and standards at FRIDA

2. Based on the audit, 2-3 most significant or urgent policies (new or revised) for work with teenage girls and LGBTIQ youth, these could include:

  • Ethical standards for working with minors
  • A whistleblower policy
  • A child protection policy
  • Safeguarding policy
  • Protocol related to labour laws re: to adolescents and how payment regulations look like for activists under 18

3. Train staff, advisors, board and wider FRIDA community in do no harm approaches (child protection policies etc)

REQUIRED SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS 

  • The ideal candidate will have experience in the development of child rights policies and guidelines working with activists under 18 years old.
  • Knowledge of international and regional child protection mechanisms and guidelines working with activists under 18 years old.

  • Experience in engaging /  being part of girl-led groups or building girl-adult partnerships.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, familiarity with databases, information management systems and ability to maintain well organized and documented files.

  • Good interpersonal skills, with ability to network,  liaise in a multicultural environment; and work remotely.

  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting young feminist-led organizing, girls, women’s and LGBTQAI+ rights, youth issues.

  • Knowledge of community training, evaluation and documentation

  • Fluency in reading and writing in English.

DESIRABLE SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Knowledge of Canadian laws (where FRIDA is legally registered) to ensure compliance and consistency of developed procedures

  • Experience in the Global South, at least in one of the five regions where FRIDA operates

  • Experience in building and maintaining participatory, inclusive and meaningful engagement with girl activists, groups and their communities, including parents.

  • Fluency in any of the following languages* (i.e. French, Arabic and Mandarin, Russian, Spanish and Portuguese are desirable).

INITIAL BUDGET AND COMPENSATION

FRIDA has budgeted approximately 2000 USD for a three-month consultancy, but envisions that this could be a multi-phase project with additional budget. We appreciate hearing from the proposals’ thoughts on this.

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit your application on BambooHR. Link shared on FRIDA website.

1) Please send your Proposal, including estimated costs and timeline

2) Resume or CV

3) Two references

To learn more about FRIDA, please visit our website at http://youngfeministfund.org/.

To apply, please visit this website.

FRIDA encourages, promotes and supports diversity in all aspects of its work. Young women and trans youth under the age of 30 from the Global South are strongly encouraged to apply.

Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) is hiring!

Dear Friends,

After reorganizing internally, we have updated the role to Director of Operations and ask that you forward this email far and wide to your community. Feel free to direct friends to our website as well. Thank you in advance.

GGE is seeking a full-time Director of Operations to join our team. This is a remarkable position for an effective and experienced leader in social justice organizations with a focus and commitment to anti-racist, feminist/womanist/queer, and youth development work.  The Director of Operations is the leader responsible for increasing GGE’s capacity to fulfill its mission and manage its operations and finance efficiently and effectively, serving as a senior-level thought partner, mentor, and leader for the organization.  The Director of Operations is responsible for the administrative operations of GGE and oversees finance, human resources, IT, facilities as well as legal and insurance issues.

As the organization grows, this position has room to develop into a Chief Operating Officer or Chief Finance Officer role.  Director of Operations

How to Apply:

All applications will be received via email.  No phone calls or snail mail, please. 

All applications must include (in PDF format):

  • Resume
  • Thoughtful cover letter (including how you became aware of this opportunity: job portal, referral, etc.)
  • Desired salary range

E-mail applications to: JoinTheTeam@ggenyc.org

Subject Line: Director of Operations/YOUR NAME

Application deadline is Monday, June 3, 2019 at 5:00pm, EST

 

A Long Walk Home at CREA Reconference

A Long Walk Home was the only group selected from the United States to present in Kathmandu, Nepal at the CREA Reconference: Rethink, Reimagine, Reboot April 10-12. From the support of With and For Girls, an international collective of funders (EMpower, Mama Cash, Nike Foundation, NoVo Foundation, Plan UK, Stars Foundation, The Global Fund for Children and The Malala Fund) Girl/Friends will join other young girl activists from Mexico, Indonesia, Haiti, Turkey, Egypt, Russia, and many more to reimagine change and transformation and reboot a movement.

Learn more about A Long Walk Home here. 

Learn more about CREA Reconference here.