Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

Ms. Foundation for Women

  • Brooklyn, NY
  • http://forwomen.org/

Mission Statement

The mission of the Ms. Foundation for Women is to build 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.

Main Programs

  1. Economic Justice/Childcare
  2. Reproductive Health
  3. Donor Advised Funds
  4. Safety/Violence Against Women
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

The Ms. Foundation for Women's funding extends to organization across the United States with their main focus areas in women's reproductive health and justice, women's economic justice, and ending gender-based violence against women and girls.

ruling year

1974

President and CEO since 2014

Self-reported

Ms. Teresa C. Younger

Keywords

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Ms Foundation, women, woman women's, womens, economic justice, feminism, reproductive rights, girls, leadership, health, safety, network, community, coalition, organization, political, action, Sara Gould, Marie Wilson, Gloria Steinem, social change, justice, economic justice, building movements, building democracy, women's health,ending violence

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EIN

23-7252609

 Number

7959263690

Physical Address

12 MetroTech Center 26th Floor

Brooklyn, 11201

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Women's Rights (R24)

Economic Development (S30)

Public Foundations (T30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The Ms. Foundation for Women was the first to national social justice foundation to specifically invest in woman-led and woman-created grassroots organizations promoting and protecting women's health, economic advancement, and to end violence against women and girls. Since 1973, we have given over $65 million in grants to more than 1600 activists, through financial support, leadership training, network-building, and advocacy. We focus on activists who represent women for low-income communities and communities of color - communities long marginalized socially and politically. Our grantee partners have been able to impact policy and laws that protect workers from labor abuses, preserve childcare assistance for working families; and prevent erosion of women's reproductive healthcare rights - furthering our belief in the collective power of women to effect positive, progressive change.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Economic Justice/Childcare

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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Population(s) Served

Female Adults

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Budget

Program 2

Reproductive Health

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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None

Population(s) Served

Female Adults

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Program 3

Donor Advised Funds

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

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Female Adults

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Budget

Program 4

Safety/Violence Against Women

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.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Females, all ages or age unspecified

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Budget

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    For every woman who has reached the “top", there are millions of women struggling to earn a living wage, gain access to basic health care, secure affordable child care and participate in the opportunities that should be available to every person in the U.S.

    At the Ms. Foundation, we work to bring attention to the real challenges facing women, especially women of color and low-income women who are living in poverty, working paycheck to paycheck or both. We tirelessly advocate for national and statewide policy change that will address these challenges, and we support more than 100 organizations each year throughout the country that are working for change on a grassroots level.

    We are committed. We are motivated. And we will not stop. Not until all women enjoy true equality, equity and opportunity.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The Ms. Foundation for Women believes in 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 are valued.

    We believe that women are the engine for change in their communities. By funding game changing organizations that are successfully addressing pivotal issues of reproductive health; affordable child care with living wage jobs; and fighting gender-based violence – we are having real impact on the lives of women, children, families and paving the road toward a nation of justice for all.

    As a national grantmaker, the Ms. Foundation for Women supports organizations at all levels, from grassroots to state and national organizations. We believe that women most directly impacted by an issue are the real experts and we select groups that are of the community they work in.

    We choose our grantees carefully, informed by decades of work in the field. Our goals is to connect with emerging and established groups poised to act when and where change is needed.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Ms. Foundation for Women
    • Raises funds from individuals, corporations, and foundation partners to support the needs of our grantees both operationally and programmatically.
    • Promotes healthcare access and choice, economic justice, and violence against women and girls through dedicated communications, advocacy, and marketing efforts that reach a broad audience through social media, websites, email, and print collateral.
    • Hosts events that promote and highlight gender equality, including an annual benefit, and that promote and honor our grantees for their efforts to effect progressive change on behalf of their communities.
    • Provides convenings and conferences that bring together our grantee partners, providing training, network-building, and partnership to strengthen their efforts.

  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The Ms. Foundation for Women regularly produces public (annual) reports, email communications, and fact sheets about our progress and accomplishments. The Ms. Foundation also hosts regular grantee report sessions that review the work of our grantees. In addition to communications from our grantees, we also provide opportunities for our donors and supporters to provide feedback or insight on our work and focus areas.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    In the past year, the Ms. Foundation for Women has increased our presence at the national level in initiatives and discussions that focus on progressive actions to benefit women and their families. They include:

    • #MyFeminism campaign: Launched as follow-up action re national survey of views about feminism/gender equality
    • Joining the Prosperity Together partnership to commit $100 million toward women's economic security
    • Partnering with NBC (Black, Latino, Asian America) for #31Days of Feminism in March to spotlight women of color leading the way toward a more equal world
    • Participating in the White House Council on Women and Girls' United State of Women summit (June 2016) with a focus on women's health and reproductive justice, supporting survivors of gender-based violence, civic engagement and leadership, economic empowerment, human rights, and education access.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

The Ms. Foundation for Women's funding extends to organization across the United States with their main focus areas in women's reproductive health and justice, women's economic justice, and ending gender-based violence against women and girls.

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Funding Needs

The Ms. Foundation for Women funds emerging grassroots activists that advocate for women's economic security, health, and safety. We are a public foundation that relies on individuals and corporations committed to the progressive movement that supports a woman's right to choice, to economic opportunities without barriers, and to live safe lives, in addition to gender equity and social justice. Thanks to our donors, we are able to provide organizations with critical financial resources as well as leadership training, capacity building, and building effective communications strategies and plans to raise awareness and educate the communities they serve on the needs of women. We work with the belief in the collective power of women, focusing on marginalized women and their communities, to build a nation of justice and equality for all.

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MS FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Leadership

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President and CEO

Ms. Teresa C. Younger

BIO

Teresa Younger has been on the frontlines of some of the most important battles for women's health, safety and economic security. She is a tireless advocate and well-respected feminist leader, with a proven track record in nonprofit management and fundraising.

Younger most recently served as the executive director of the Connecticut General Assembly's Permanent Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW). During her tenure at PCSW, Younger was instrumental in campaigns that resulted in state legislation to raise the minimum wage and provide paid sick leave in Connecticut. Younger successfully safeguarded women's access to reproductive health care during hospital mergers. She also helped strengthen sexual assault legislation to hold college campuses accountable for the prevention and reporting of sexual assaults.

Younger is a board member of the Women's Campaign School at Yale University, whose mission is to increase the number and influence of women in elected and appointed office in the United States and around the globe. She serves on the National Advisory Board on Religious Restrictions on Care, which works to protect hospital-based health care services, such as birth control, that are threatened by mergers between secular community hospitals and religious-based health systems.

Younger was the first woman and the first African-American to serve as executive director of the ACLU of Connecticut. She subsequently served as director of affiliate organizational development at the American Civil Liberties Union National Office, where she spearheaded affiliate growth nationwide.

Younger has deep experience in nonprofit governance and philanthropy. She recently concluded her role as two-term president on the Girl Scouts of Connecticut board, which serves 46,000 Connecticut girls and 20,000 volunteers. Younger also serves on several other boards — including the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut — and previously served on the board of the National Association of Commissions for Women.

A noted speaker, advocate and activist, she has been recognized with numerous awards for her commitment to civil rights and civil liberties, including in 2013: Liberty Bank's Willard M. McRae Community Diversity Award, the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame Education and Empowerment Honoree, and the Girl Scouts of Connecticut Breakfast Badge Award.

In 2013, she was also named a Henry Toll Fellow by The Council of State Governments, one of the nation's premiere leadership development programs, as well as a fellow in the William Caspar Graustein Courageous Community Fellowship. In 2010, Younger went to Saudi Arabia as part of The Global Women's Leadership Institute, a networking and economic development project. In 2009, she was chosen to participate in the National Council of o participate in the National Council of State Legislatures Legislative Staff Management Institute.

She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of North Dakota.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Susan Dickler

Retired

Term: July 2016 - June 2018

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?


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BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?