Funding the Movement: Strategies for Foundation Fundraising and Rapid Response Resources for Reproductive Justice Activists

Reproductive Justice and social justice organizations rely heavily on funding from foundations. Yet, if all of US foundation giving were represented by one dollar, only seven cents would go to organizations that work on issues connected to women and girls. Even fewer than seven cents is allocated to organizations that are grassroots, lack 501(c)(3) status, are led by young people, are led by women of color and indigenous women, are led by transgender or non-binary people, and/or are located in rural areas and/or red states. However, these areas and communities are often most impacted by reproductive injustice and oppression. Third Wave Fund is a national funder of youth-led reproductive and gender justice organizing, activism, and healing, with a focus on issues and communities that have traditionally been left out of philanthropy. This workshop will provide an introduction to philanthropy, tips on how to seek foundation funding, and an overview of the research, proposal, and follow-up processes. Participants will have an opportunity to practice skills, ask questions, and get the info they need to build grants resources for their groups, communities, and movements!


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