Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

Ms. Foundation for Women

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

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.

Main Programs

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

service areas

National

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ruling year

1974

chief executive

Ms. Dorothy Q. Thomas

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Keywords

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

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?

Impact statement

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 well 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.

Programs

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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 Served

Female Adults

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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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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

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Female Adults

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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.

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Population Served

Females, all ages or age unspecified

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service areas

National

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Blog

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Social Media

@MsFoundationforWomen

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MS FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Ms. Foundation for Women

Leadership

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Ms. Dorothy Q. Thomas

BIO

Dorothy Q. Thomas has served on the Ms. Foundation for Women's board. She is a member of the board of the British Institute for Human Rights and sits on the advisory boards of the ACLU Human Rights Project, the Lambent Foundation and Strategic Philanthropy.

An independent scholar and human rights consultant, Thomas has played an important role in advancing human rights initiatives within the U.S. and beyond. Most recently, she served as senior strategy consultant to the Sunrise Initiative on Human Rights in the United States. From 2009 to 2011, she was a research associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. In 2008, she held a visiting fellowship at the London School of Economics' Centre for the Study of Human Rights.

In 2005, Thomas co-founded the U.S. Human Rights Fund, a collaborative grant making initiative to support domestic human rights work in the United States. She was the founding director of the Human Rights Watch Women's Rights Division, serving in that position from 1990 to 1998.

A 1998 MacArthur fellow and a 1995 Bunting fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, Thomas received the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award in 1998 from President and Mrs. Clinton.

Thomas earned a master’s degree from Georgetown University, which awarded her an honorary doctorate in 1995.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Cathy Raphael

Philanthropist

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