Do Women Of Color Philanthropists Give Differently From Their White Counterparts?

The intersection of race, gender and giving started a few years back, when philanthropists started to focus on channeling more money to women and girls of color. Inside Philanthropy last year reported that women and girls of color receive only 2% of philanthropic pie, even though they make up 19% of the U.S. population. Initiatives such as Grantmakers for Girls of Color begin to address the gap. As women of color philanthropists begin to rise, they hold tremendous power to close the funding gap even further.

In order to support women of color philanthropists effectively, it is important to understand if their giving patterns, journeys and experiences are different from their white counterparts. Research published yesterday by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI), Women Give 2019: Gender and Giving Across Communities of Color, explored these differences. The quantitative part of the study found that giving patterns are very similar across ethnicities and races, but the qualitative part – in-depth case studies with six women of color philanthropists – articulated the subtle differences between them and their white counterparts.

Read more at Forbes

How Philanthropy Can Advance the Urgent Needs of Women and Girls of Color

International Women’s Day gives us an opportune moment to pause and recognize the achievements of girls and women across the globe. In philanthropy, we must celebrate the fact that women of color are an ever-growing force to be reckoned with — representing nearly one fifth of the philanthropic work force.

This is a moment to pause and reflect on all we must still achieve to create a world where every girl and every woman is able to realize her potential and tap into her innate powers. We also believe it is a perfect time for all of us in philanthropy to deepen our accountability to the people we seek to serve in the name of equity and justice.

Read more at the Chronicle of Philanthropy. 

With and For Girls Collective: Lessons from a Collaborative Approach to Funding With and For Girls

Since its inception in 2014, the With and For Girls Collective; a group of funders who want to see a world where girls are heard, respected, able to access services and are included in decision-making processes that affect them; has had the incredible privilege to support, work alongside, and learn from girls and their organisations, through their unrelenting work to serve their communities and have their voices heard. They continue to show us every day why it is so important for philanthropic funding to support girl-led groups.

Despite the critical role that women and girls play in sustainable development, the World Bank estimates that less than 2 cents of every $1 spent on international aid is directed towards adolescent girls. As a Collective, we believe funders can, and must, play a leadership role in addressing the lack of resources available to grassroots girl-centred and girl-led organisations who we know are still under-recognised, under-represented and under-funded. To further our learning as a Collective we embarked on an independent evaluation to improve, not only our own processes, but also to encourage other donors to take similar steps in centering powerful girl-led groups and understand why grassroots girl-led and girl-centred organisations need to be supported by flexible funding to propel transformational change towards a more equitable world.

Involving girls, in decision-making is at the core of the Collective’s philosophy, and such we ensured that girls’ voices were a fundamental part of this process. Twelve girls from Kenya and Nepal, from previous winning organisations, participated in the research by interviewing the past award winners, and providing us with valuable insights on how the Collective can continue to improve itself while keeping grassroots groups’ and girls’ voices at the fore.

We’re excited to share our learnings, key findings and recommendations that include:

Selecting girl-led groups and what they receive:

We work directly with grassroots, girl-led and girl-centred organisations with annual incomes between $20,000 and $500,000. The With and For Girls Awards identify strong organisations with girls at their centre and provides them with flexible funding, profile raising opportunities and training.

The research confirms the Collective has made significant strides to achieve increased recognition and resources available to strong girl-led and girl-centered organisations through involving and amplifying the voices and perspectives of girls.

In terms of the collective approach to funding, the research has recommended that:

More time considerations be given to the complexities of working collaboratively, as this takes more time and planning than working alone.

  • Clearly articulate, as part of the criteria for bringing on new Strategic Partners, the element of shared principles, values and ways of working
  • As a Collective, build and generate knowledge and evidence on the resource needs of girls, and on the available financing for girl-led groups as well as other information linked to the work of girl-led organisations.

Girls to the Front:

Building on our Strategic Partners Mama Cash and FRIDA’s report ‘Girls To the Front’, this research highlights the value and insistence of the Collective in the participation and agency of girls throughout the process where a group of adolescent girls provide meaningful input throughout the selection process. Girls from our network have final decision-making power on which organisations receive funding, which demonstrates our belief that they are best placed to understand which organisations best support the advancement of girls in the face of extremely challenging circumstances and pervasive discrimination.

By elevating these organisations in spaces of influence, the With and For Girls Collective aims that donors will recognise the critical insight of grassroots development initiatives that prioritise girls’ participation, and that more donors might join forces to support similar efforts in ways that unlock the power and potential of local organisations and the girls they work with.

From the research recommendations the Collective should consider increasing the participation of award winners and girl panellists, including creating a girl-led advisory panel to increase girls’ participation in governance of the Collective.

What funders can/must do to support groups beyond funding:

The research highlighted the increased recognition and resources available through the award package and the efforts of the Collective to ensure girls and representatives of Winners spoke at key sector events and accessed additional funds, ensuring increased visibility and collaboration.

It also highlighted the need to share with the broader community on how the Collective applies feminist principles and a rights based approach to philanthropy, such as:

  • innovative sourcing to find and fund lesser known and new organisations;
  • success of the flexible and pooled funds structure;
  • creating mechanisms to allow the Collective to give awards to groups that each of the individual donors might consider too risky;
  • working solidly as a learning Collective.

It is through cultivating a network of inspiring funders with the same unifying ethos and drive that the Collective has been able to be effective in responding to adolescent girls needs. Through building the capacity of funders to give flexible, unrestricted funding in all regions of the world, we look forward to a future where girls live and thrive in enabling environments where they are heard, respected and see equality and justice in their communities.

Download the Executive Summary

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With and For Girls has found a new home and now sits within Purposeful, you can read more about these organisational changes here. We need you to opt-in to our newsletter to continue receiving news from With and For Girls, including when we launch our 2019 awards, news from award winners, opportunities for learning and funding and sector-specific news.

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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Link to webinar (starts at the 6 minute mark)

Link to presentation 

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.