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MS Foundation For Women Inc Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 01/03/2013: MS Foundation For Women Inc

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: MS FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN INC

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AKA  Ms. Foundation for Women
Brooklyn, NY
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MS Foundation For Women Inc Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 01/03/2013: MS Foundation For Women Inc

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: MS FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN INC

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Also Known As: Ms. Foundation for Women
Physical Address: Brooklyn, NY 11201 
EIN: 23-7252609
Web URL: ms.foundation.org/ 
Blog URL: ms.foundation.org/blog 
NTEE Category: R Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
R24 Women's Rights
S Community Improvement, Capacity Building
S30 Economic Development
T Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking
T30 Public Foundations
Ruling Year: 1974 


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Mission Statement

Mission Statement The Ms. Foundation for Women builds women’s collective power to realize a nation of justice for all. Beliefs and Values Statement Our work is guided by our vision of a just and safe world where power and possibility are not limited by gender, race, class, sexual orientation, disability or age. We believe that equity and inclusion are the cornerstones of a true democracy in which the worth and dignity of every person is valued.

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Fiscal Year Starting: July 1, 2011
Fiscal Year Ending: June 30, 2012

Total Revenue $5,559,278
Total Expenses $9,063,399

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Anika Rahman

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Since Feb 2011

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Anika Rahman has a distinguished career as an advocate for women, particularly women’s health and human rights. Since February 2011, Ms. Rahman has served as president and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women. Prior to joining the Ms. Foundation, Ms. Rahman was the president of Americans for United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the world’s largest funder of reproductive health programs. In her six-year tenure at UNFPA, Ms. Rahman was instrumental in raising awareness of the global fight for women's rights and of America's critical role in it. She significantly grew the organization in size and scope, and successfully mobilized to have UNFPA funding restored by President Obama. Previously, Ms. Rahman was the founding director of the International Program at the Center for Reproductive Rights. As the visionary behind the Center’s global and U.S. foreign policy work, she developed the Center into the foremost legal organization on international women’s reproductive rights. Among her achievements, Ms. Rahman led investigations into human rights violations, including sexual assault, coercive sterilization and abortion-related imprisonment, in Peru, Chile and Nepal. Earlier in her career, Ms. Rahman practiced law at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. Ms. Rahman earned her Bachelor of Arts from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and her Juris Doctorate from Columbia Law School. She is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Ms. Rahman received the 2002 Lawrence A. Wien Prize for Social Responsibility from Columbia Law School.

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Category:
Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy
Population Served:
Female Adults

Program Description:

As the first national women’s fund, the Ms. Foundation for Women is the lead grantmaker on women in the U.S.  The Foundation invests in game-changing organizations in communities across the country to advance systemic change.  We invest deeply in the most marginalized communities, supporting the next generation of grassroots leaders, providing deep capacity building to anchor organizations while strategically linking local and state leaders to national tables. In addition to grant support, the Foundation invests deeply in the organizational capacity of grantees on several levels, including financial health and communications capacity to grow their reach, scale, and impact.   In the area of economic justice, the Ms. Foundation has always understood that fighting for the rights of women at the bottom of the economic ladder is key to a vibrant economy and a critical turning point for advancing the overall status of women. As such, the Foundation has earned a distinguished reputation for advancing women’s economic development as an emerging field,  launching campaigns to raise the minimum wage, and supporting other critical efforts around women’s economic justice. Tied to the health and safety of women, the Ms. Foundation now turns its focus toward the issue of childcare.   Through our grantmaking and capacity building programs, the Ms. Foundation invests in organizing for just economic policies that promote the well being and security of women, families, and communities.  We support a multi-pronged strategy to help low income women, immigrant women and women of color achieve economic stability:  supporting work family policies that provide quality, flexible and accessible child care; improving job quality for child care workers; and advancing child care as an economic development strategy.

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The Ms. Foundation is credited with advancing women’s economic development as an emerging field, earning several national awards and accolades

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The Ms. Foundation provided critical support for recovery and re-building efforts in the Gulf South after Hurricane Katrina, ensuring that voices of the most marginalized women were heard in the re-building of the area.

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Program: Reproductive Health (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
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Category:
Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy
Population Served:
Female Adults

Program Description:

As the first national women’s fund, the Ms. Foundation for Women is the lead grantmaker on women in the U.S.  The Foundation invests in game-changing organizations in communities across the country to advance systemic change.  We invest deeply in the most marginalized communities, supporting the next generation of grassroots leaders, providing deep capacity building to anchor organizations while strategically linking local and state leaders to national tables. In addition to grant support, the Foundation invests deeply in the organizational capacity of grantees on several levels, including financial health and communications capacity to grow their reach, scale, and impact.     In the area of Health, the Ms. Foundation has a distinguished record of supporting state based and coalition efforts to defend against attacks on women’s health.  Early on, the Foundation played a central and critical role in identifying and supporting emerging women of color led organizations focused on women’s health.  As a result of its efforts, the Foundation is credited with nurturing the voices of women in the most marginalized communities into a collective crescendo that now leads the way on women’s health.   Through our grantmaking and capacity building programs, the Ms. Foundation supports organizations working at the local, state and national levels to ensure that ALL women have access to the full range of women’s reproductive health services. We support the voices of those most affected are heard (especially low-income women, women of color, immigrant, and youth) and help build an authentic leadership base toward a vibrant movement around women’s reproductive health.

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The Ms. Foundation is credited with growing the reproductive justice movement, nurturing the voices of women in the most marginalized communities into a collective crescendo that now leads the way on women’s health.   The Foundation stood as the lone funder supporting efforts by and for women with HIV/AIDS, generating greater awareness and support for the needs of women with HIV/AIDS.

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The Ms. Foundation launched an effort to support organizations working to ensure that  Affordable Care Act implementation  includes women’s reproductive health

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Category:
Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy
Population Served:
Female Adults

Program Description:

As the first national women’s fund, the Ms. Foundation for Women is the lead grantmaker on women in the U.S.  We are a “go to” organization on philanthropic activism on women and gender, stewarding funds of individual donors for the purpose of supporting activism around gender or of women and girls in a variety of areas.   The Ms. Foundation for Women currently hosts several donor advised funds: ·         The OMA Fund, focused on supporting groups that are tackling the most challenging issues in reproductive health -          Asian Women Giving Circle, focused on arts activism in the Asian American community in New York City

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Program: Safety/Violence Against Women (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
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Category:
Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy
Population Served:
Female Adults

Program Description:

As the first national women’s fund, the Ms. Foundation for Women is the lead grantmaker on women in the U.S.  The Foundation invests in game-changing organizations in communities across the country to advance systemic change.  We invest deeply in the most marginalized communities, supporting the next generation of grassroots leaders, providing deep capacity building to anchor organizations while strategically linking local and state leaders to national tables.  In addition to grant support, the Foundation invests deeply in the organizational capacity of grantees on several levels, including financial health and communications capacity to grow their reach, scale, and impact.   In the area of Safety, the Ms. Foundation has a distinguished record of nurturing the growth of the women’s anti-violence movement through grants to the first domestic violence shelters, rape crisis hotlines and state coalitions.  Today, the Foundation continues that cutting edge trend and leads the way on supporting efforts to end child sexual abuse.    Child sexual abuse is one of the last remaining taboos, a fundamental barrier to the health and economic security of our communities, linked to every intractable social problem of our day.  Society’s inability to address child sexual abuse affects not only individuals, but also our collective ability to create safe communities.  Through our grantmaking and capacity building programs, the Ms. Foundation supports a diverse range of strategies at the local, state, and national levels that deeply engage communities toward preventing child sexual abuse.

Program Long-Term Success:

A 40 year history of supporting cutting edge work that launched the women’s anti-violence movement, offering safety to women in every state.

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Growing awareness about child sexual abuse and organizations working to prevent abuse

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Program: Advocacy and Policy (GuideStar Exchange,
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Public, Society Benefit
Population Served:
Female Adults
General Public/Unspecified
Females, all ages or age unspecified

Program Description:

In 2012, the Ms. Foundation established an Advocacy and Policy department to develop the Ms. Foundation’s thought-leadership and advocacy on an array of issues that impact women.  We seek to: Undertake thoughtful, fact-based policy analysis and research that helps define the national landscape for women, including the identification of ascending and underrepresented issues. We will release expert reports, papers and other publications that reflect how research and expertise. Establish policy priorities that challenge the structural forces across issues that lead to gender inequality and the culture those forces perpetuate. Develop and implement advocacy strategies and campaigns to change policies and practices that negatively impact women, utilizing messaging expertise, social media and other strategic communications tools to affect change, as well as working with partners on-the-ground. Create a holistic approach that links policy, advocacy, communications, grantmaking and capacity building.

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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

The Ms. Foundation for Women is the leading national social justice foundation committed to building women's power to ignite change. Every day, it helps over 100 grassroots organizations across the US fight for changes like good paying jobs, reproductive health, ending violence against women and girls, and the inclusion of women at decision-making tables. By investing in social justice trailblazers, especially women from low-income communities and communities of color most affected by injustice, it works for a nation in which power and possibility are not limited by gender, race, class, or any other factor. The Ms. Foundation delivers funding, builds skills, develops leaders, connects activists with allies, and amplifies the voices of our grantees to create change that benefits women, families and communities.

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The impact the Ms. Foundation's Women and AIDS Fund has had in bringing women to the HIV/AIDS policy table has been outstanding. The Fund not only provides financial support for HIV organizations led by and for women, but it also regularly convenes the grantees which led to the development of the national Women and AIDS Collective which has organized to demand that more government resources be focused on the impact of HIV on women in America. Foundation Professional
They demonstrate leadership among women's funds and provide thoughtful leadership and support for women of color. Nonprofit Senior Staff

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The relationships developed among the Women and AIDS Fund grantees have helped to develop the individual grantee organizations as well as a powerful coalition. Foundation Professional
Leadership, advocacy, collaboration Nonprofit Senior Staff
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