Tuesday, October 9, 2012

FRIDA- Feminist Funding By and For Young Feminists


Meet FRIDA- The Young Feminist Fund
Our Mission is to provide accessible, strategic and responsive funding for young feminist-led initiatives. We aim to strengthen the capacity of young feminist organizations to leverage resources for their work and to increase donors’ and allies’ commitments to resourcing young feminist activism.
Our Vision is for a world free of inequalities where human rights are respected and where young women and girls are empowered to participate fully and effectively in the decisions that affect their lives and livelihoods.
FRIDA works toward a future where, among other things, young women and girls live their lives free from violence and poverty, can obtain an education and control decisions about their bodies. FRIDA believes that not only is supporting young women-led initiatives important in itself but that no lasting solutions to the world’s major challenges can be effective if young women are left out. To this end, we envision progressive, multi-generational women’s movements that are strong, effective, well-resourced and that reflect the diversity of women’s rights organizing globally.

FRIDA Grants Program

What do we do?
  • Make Grants – FRIDA provides small and flexible funding to innovative initiatives and organizing led by young feminists and transgender youth under the age of thirty.
  • Facilitate Capacity Building and Organizational Strengthening – FRIDA is committed to developing unique capacity building mechanisms that offer useful, cost-effective, and long-term tools to young activists beyond financial support. In addition to our grants, FRIDA also partners with ally organizations to provide capacity building and organizational strengthening customized to fit grantee needs.
  • Networking and Connecting – As part of the Fund’s commitment to building a strong, effective multi-generational women’s movement, FRIDA provides opportunities for linking, connecting and networking with other young feminists from other regions, countries and organizations and from other social movements.
  • Donor Engagement – FRIDA is committed to cooperating and building relationships with different funding sectors that do not typically support youth and young women. FRIDA seeks to engage donors on the needs, interests and priorities of young feminists.
  • Resource Mobilization – In order to widen the pool of donors supporting young feminist activism, FRIDA is utilizing new communication technologies and other social media to leverage funding and encourage non-traditional donors such as young philanthropists and young entrepreneurs to get on board.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Girl Got Grants: The Right Choice in a Changing Market

Girl Got Grants specializes in feminist grant writing and research for progressive organizations, and our services couldn't be more relevant in today's changing fundraising market. 
Check out this recent article from NBC on the new face of philanthropy, and contact Girl Got Grants at 347 949 3083 to learn how we can help your organization tap into new funding sources! 
Women exert new influence on philanthropy- From NBCNews.com

When feminist writer Courtney Martin wanted to raise money to fund research into the future of online feminism, it made sense to turn to other women for funding.
"They responded immediately and enthusiastically," said Martin. In a month, this audience raised $24,000 to fund the research. For Martin, it was a satisfying and natural extension of some of her earlier activities. In 2006, she created The Secret Society for Creative Philanthropy, an annual gathering that began with a gift of $100 each to 10 friends, with instructions to give it away and then tell how.She called in Jacquelyn Zehner, chief executive of Women Moving Millions, a philanthropic organization made up primarily of women who have donated at least $1 million each to women's causes. Zehner arranged for a conference call with a small group of wealthy women and Martin this spring.
Welcome to the world of female philanthropy - it's not your father's United Way.
"Women are taking ownership," said Andrea Pactor, associate director of the Women's Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University, which has found that female-headed households are more likely to give to charity than male-headed households; and that in nearly all income groups women give more than men.
Women are exerting a greater influence on how philanthropy is done as they accumulate wealth and use their clout to change the way funds are raised and distributed. Roughly one million women in the United States each have assets of at least $2 million, according to 2007 Internal Revenue Service data, the most recent available. Wealth controlled by charitably minded women can be expected to grow as they build careers and inherit money from their parents and their husbands.
As more women give, they are likely to change not only what is funded but how they raise money, because female philanthropists often prefer to raise money in a group.
Three years ago, the Red Cross upped the ante in its women's program, called the Tiffany Circle, asking for a $100,000 donation over 10 years for lifetime membership, and pulled in 61 new lifetime members the first night.
"We raised over $6 million in 30 seconds," said Melanie Sabelhaus, a former deputy administrator at the Small Business Administration who heads the Tiffany Circle, "and not one of the women picked up the phone and asked her husband."
Another group, the Women Donors Network, has 175 members who combine individual gifts in the $100,000 to $200,000 range and give $200 million a year to women's causes. And Women Moving Millions, after five years, has more than 150 members.
Insiders say women have their own culture in grant-making. "We really believe the solution lies with the people on the ground. We don't think we have all the answers," said Zehner of Women Moving Millions.
For example, the Global Fund for Women, unlike most grant-givers, accepts handwritten proposals of any length and in any language, and is unusually open to grants for general purposes rather than specific projects. It also funds meetings to create networks of women activists.
The approach demonstrated its power during Egypt's Arab Spring, said Christine Switzer, GFW's director of development.
"Our women were able to mobilize together," she said, pointing to 77 grants totaling more than $1 million GFW has given to Egyptian women, young and old.
Women have also helped establish a new model for medical research grants. For example, lupus, an autoimmune disease, typically hits women of child-bearing age, and often strikes minorities. Research was at a standstill in the late 1990s, so the lupus community created the Lupus Research Institute in 2000 to give small grants to fund experimental research on projects not necessarily likely to pay off quickly.
Few private groups were doing anything like it at the time. "We were open with each other about our frustration and that led us to be able to take risks," said lupus activist Jennie DeScherer. Now the foundation is going international, and the small-grant approach has spread.
It is obvious that with everyone glued to their cellphones, nonprofits would miss out if donors couldn't text money. But the United States lagged Europe in mobile donations until American women broke the logjam.
A $34.7 million Red Cross text campaign to aid victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake was put together by a team of women that included a special adviser at the State Department, leaders at the Red Cross, and Jenifer Snyder, a lawyer who created the platform with women technologists.
Snyder spent two years working out financial arrangements that are still in place with carriers. For every $100 texted, $93 goes to the charity, $6 covers costs and $1 is donated to the mGive foundation, which Snyder co-founded to vet nonprofits and help them use texting imaginatively, not just for fund-raising.
The text-for-Haiti effort wasn't the first time that women innovated in the field of philanthropy. Giving circles were embraced in 1991 by the Ms. Foundation, and they have caught on and stuck. Members decide together where to give their dollars. Many groups don't stipulate how much each person must contribute. Community foundations often manage the money.
Female philanthropists now are also establishing private family foundations and donor-advised funds to funnel money to the charities they care about most.
But the real surge in woman's philanthropy may be yet to come.
"I'm waiting for the whole women's funds movement to come to scale, understanding the interchange between economic security and health and civil rights and violence," said Zehner.
When that day comes, expect a mobile-giving campaign, and a whole lot of lucrative conference calls.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Funding Resources - Grants for Literary Artists

Funding Resources - Grants for Literary Artists

From our friends at http://www.womenarts.org/index.htm

Gift of Freedom Awards
Fellowships of $50,000 designed to bridge the often fatal gap between a woman's economic reality and her artistic creation. One fellowship awarded biennially.
A Room Of Her Own Foundation
P. O. Box 778
Placitas , NM 87043
Phone:  (505) 867-5373
Email: Info@ARoomOfHerOwnFoundation.org Website:www.aroomofherownfoundation.org
Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Inc.
Grants of up to $1,500 to poets, fiction and nonfiction writers, visual artists, and for a mixed-genre category (illustration and text) to feminist women in the arts. Application fee is $20. Two application deadlines each year: December 31 (art and fiction) and June 30 (nonfiction and poetry). Fund does not maintain email, phone, or website. To request application materials, write to the postal address and be sure to include a SASE.
Susan Pliner, Executive Director
Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Inc.
P.O. Box 309
Wilton, NH 03086
Biennial Grants for Mature Women
Biennial grant of $1,000 to a woman poet, fiction writer, nonfiction writer, playwright, or TV script writer. Write for guidelines.
National League of American Pen Women, Inc.
1300 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone:  (202) 785-1997
Fax: (202) 452-8868
Email: nlapwl@verizon.net
Website: www.nlapw.org
National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts
Arts Recognition and Talent Search (ARTS): Through this national program, 17 and 18 year-old artists may apply for college scholarships.
National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts
777 Brickell Avenue, Ste. 370
Miami, FL 33131
Phone:  (305) 377-1140
Fax: (305) 377-1149
Toll Free:  (800) 970-ARTS
Website: www.ARTSawards.org
McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers
Fellowships provide Minnesota writers of demonstrated ability with an opportunity to work on their writing for a concentrated period of time. Four $25,000 fellowships are offered in alternating years to writers of creative prose and poetry.
The Loft Literary Center
Suite 200, Open Book
1011 Washington Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN 55415
Phone:  (612) 215-2575
Fax: (612) 215-2576
Email: loft@loft.org
Website: www.loft.org
The Bush Foundation
Provides artists with significant financial support that enables them to advance their work and further their contributions to the communities. Fellowship candidates must be at least twenty-four years old and have been resident sfor at least one year prior to the application deadline of MN, ND, SD, or one of 23 sovereign nations that shares geography with the states.
The Bush Foundation
E-900 First National Bank Bldg.
332 Minnesota Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone:  (651) 227-0891
Fax: (651) 297-6485
Email: info@bushfound.org 
Website: www.bushfoundation.org

The Leeway Foundation
Grants to support women and transgender artists in the Philadelphia area (including Camden, NJ), who create art for social change. Art and Change Grant provides up to $2,500 for project-based work and the Leeway Transformation Award gives $15,000 in unrestricted funds to artists with at least five years experience.
The Leeway Foundation
The Philadelphia Building
1315 Walnut St., Ste. 832
Philadelphia , PA 19107
Phone:  (215) 545-4078
Fax: (215) 545-4021
Email: info@leeway.org 
Website: www.leeway.org
Kentucky Foundation for Women, Inc.
Grants to feminist writers and playwrights in Kentucky only.
Kentucky Foundation for Women
1215 Heyburn Bldg.
332 W. Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone:  (502) 562-0045
Fax: (502) 561-0420
Email: info@kfw.org 
Website: www.kfw.org
Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts
Grants of $5,000 to visual and literary artists in western New York State, especially in the Finger Lakes Region. Disciplines rotate. Open to citizens of New York who are 21 or older.
Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts
435 Ellis Hollow Creek Road
Ithaca , NY 14850
Phone:  (607) 539-3146
Fax: (607) 539-3147
To email, use the form at: www.saltonstall.org/contact/index.php
Website: www.saltonstall.org
Sustainable Arts Foundation
Supports artists and writers with children (specifically a child under the age of 18) with unrestricted cash awards of $6,000. Applications are accepted twice a year; visit website for complete guidelines and specific deadlines.
Sustainable Arts Foundation
1032 Irving St., #609
San Francisco, CA 94122-2200
Lesbian Writers Fund
Grants to support the work of emerging lesbian writers and to acknowledge the contributions of established lesbian writers to the movement and cultureFirst place awardees and two runners-up in the poetry and fiction categories receive cash awards ($10,000 for awardee; $1,500 for runners-up).
Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
116 E. 16th Street , 7th Floor
New York , NY 10003
Phone:  (212) 529-8021
Email: grants@astraeafoundation.org
Website: www.astraeafoundation.org

Hurston/Wright LEGACY Award
Annual $10,000 first prize and two $5,000 finalist prizes for fiction, debut fiction, non-fiction, and poetry published in award year, by writers of African descent.
The Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation
12138 Central Ave., Ste. 209
Bowie, MD 20721782
Phone:  (301) 459-2108
Fax: (301) 277-1262
Email: info@hurstonwright.org 
Website: www.hurstonwright.org/ProgramsAwards.legacy.html
Cintas Foundation, Inc.
Fellowships granted to talented individuals of Cuban citizenship or lineage for continuing work outside Cuba in the arts, including the fine arts, music, and literature, selected by a committee appointed by the Institute of International Education.
c/o Nancy Reisman, Esq.
Morris & McVeigh
767 Third Ave., 4th Floor
New York, NY, 10017
To email, use the form at: www.cintasfoundation.org/contact.htm
Website: www.cintasfoundation.org

American Society of the French Legion of Honor, Inc.
Grants to promote friendship between France and the U.S. through education and literature.
American Society of the French Legion of Honor
22 E. 60th St .
New York , NY 10022
Phone:  (212) 751-8537

Open Meadows Foundation
Grants up to $2,000 for projects which have limited financial access which reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of our society and promote the empowerment of women and girls; and projects for social change that have encountered obstacles in their search for funding.
Open Meadows Foundation
PO Box 150-607
Van Brunt Station
Brooklyn , NY  11215-0150
Phone:  (718) 885-0969
Email: openmeadows@igc.org 
Website: www.openmeadows.org
The Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry
Makes grants through nonprofit organizations, particularly as seed money, in support of individual poets, poetry translation and the process of translation, developing poetry audiences, and the uses of poetry. Grants: $1,000 to $10,000
The Witter Bynner Foundation
PO Box 10169
Santa Fe , NM 87504-3251
Phone:  (505) 988-3251
Fax: (505) 986-8222
Email: info@bynnerfoundation.org
Website: www.bynnerfoundation.org 
Lannan Foundation
Supports the creation of exceptional English-language literature and seeks to develop a wider audience for contemporary poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Funds organizations that support diverse writers through publication, presentation, and distribution.
Lannan Foundation
313 Read Street
Santa Fe , NM 87501
Phone:  (505) 986-8160
Fax: (505) 986-8195
Email: info@lannan.orgWebsite: www.lannan.org
The Lucius & Eva Eastman Fund
Grants of $1,000 to $5,000 for arts and social change programs.
The Lucius & Eva Eastman Fund
Jennifer Eastman, Attorney at Law
P.O. Box 470
Westwood , MA   02090
Phone:  (781) 329-2473
5926 Fiddletown Pl.
San Jose , CA 95120
Phone:  (408) 268-2083
National Home Library Foundation
Supports projects that distribute books to libraries and community groups with limited resources, which combat illiteracy and encourage an interest in reading and the literary arts. Awards range from $5,000-$10,000
National Home Library Foundation
1920 N Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington , DC 20036
Phone:  (202) 293-3860
Fax: (202) 293-4827
Email: natlhomelibrary@yahoo.com
Paul G. Allen Family Foundation
Supports projects and organizations that advance the literary arts; feature local, regional and national artists; and encourage public participation and the promotion of critical thinking. Funds in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington only.
Paul G. Allen Family Foundation
505 5th Avenue South, Suite 900
Seattle , WA 98104
Phone:  (206) 342-2030
Fax: (206) 342-3030
Website: www.pgafoundations.com
Jerome Foundation
Supports emerging literary artists through publication, particularly small press publications and journals, writers-in-residence programs, mentor programs, fellowships, and readings. Giving limited to MN and New York, NY.
Jerome Foundation
125 Park Square Ct.
400 Sibley St .
St. Paul , MN 55101-1928
Phone:  (651) 224-9431
Toll free - MN and NY only:  (800) 995-3766
Fax: (651) 224-3439
Email: info@jeromefdn.org 
LEF Foundation
Funds the creation and presentation of contemporary work, including literature. It is also interested in projects that further the understanding and preservation of our society's diverse cultures. Funds in California and New England only. Grants : $5,000 to $25,000
LEF Foundation
P.O. Box 382866
Cambridge, MA 02238-2866
Phone:  (617) 492-5333
Fax: (617) 868-5603
Email: marina@lef-foundation.org 
Website: www.lef-foundation.org
California Office:
LEF Foundation
121 Circle Rd.
San Rafael, CA 94903
Phone:  (415) 499-9591
Fax: (866) 333-2953
Email: marina@lef-foundation.org 
Poets & Writers
Supports matching fee payments up to $1,000 to writers for readings and workshops in California, New York State, Chicago, Atlanta, Washington, DC, and Detroit only.
Poets & Writers
90 Broad St., Ste. 2100
New York, NY 10004
Phone:  (212) 226-3586
Fax: (212) 226-3963
Email: denise@pw.org 
Website: www.pw.org
Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation
To promote an environment in which art and culture can flourish, and to support programs that bring the arts to all sectors of the populace. Philadelphia only.
Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation
Avenue of the Arts
230 South Broad St., Ste. 1003
Philadelphia , PA 19102
Phone:  (215) 545-4037
Fax: (215) 545-4039
Email: bfbrandt@bartol.org

Turow Arts Foundation
Chicago-area primarily.
Turow Arts Foundation
1001 Green Bay Rd., No. 318
Winnetka , IL 60093
Phone:  (847) 786-4087
Charles Westheimer Family Fund
Ohio only.
Charles Westheimer Family Fund
36 E. 4th St., Ste. 905
Cincinnati , OH 45202-3810
Phone:  (513) 651-1110
Fax: (513) 421-9343
Girls Write Now, Inc.
New York City.
Free mentoring programs for girls ages 13-20 from underserved neighborhoods. Matches girls with professional women writers for one-on-one mentoring, group workshops, and excursions to readings and other literary events.
Girls Write Now, Inc.
247 West 37th St., Ste. 1800
New York, NY 10018
Phone:  (212) 336-9330
Fax: (212) 575-3603
Email: info@girlswritenow.org
Website: www.girlswritenow.org
Grants and Awards Available to American Writers (Book)
2005-06 Edition available on-line and in print.
PEN American Center
588 Broadway, Ste. 303,
New York , NY 10012-3225
Phone: (212) 334-1660
Poets & Writers
Links to a wide array of resources for writers, including grants and awards.
Poets & Writers
72 Spring Street, Suite 301
New York , NY 10012
Phone:  (212) 226-3586
Fax: (212) 226-3963
Website: www.pw.org/links_pages/
Literary Magazines: The NewPages Complete List
Extensive database of print and online literary magazines with brief descriptions and links to magazine websites. Also contains lists of book publishers, writing contests, book contests, MFA programs, independent bookstores, and reviews of magazines.
The following can usually be found at a public or university library:
Foundation Grants to Individuals
The Foundation Center also provides the best web site for grants research, including an online grantwriting course. They publish numerous resources for grant seekers, including this guide to grants for individuals (2006, $65) and FC Search, a CD-ROM of foundations.
The Foundation Center
79 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10003-3076
Phone:  (212) 620-4230
Toll Free:  (800) 424-9836
Fax: (212) 691-1828
Email: egrants@foundationcenter.org
Website: www.foundationcenter.org

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