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The New York Women's Foundation Grants Over $1.5 Million to Support Community-Rooted Organizations

Ted Rivers

The New York Women’s Foundation (NYWF) announced on Friday its latest round of grantmaking, amounting to $1.54 million in support of 21 community-rooted organizations across New York City and beyond. The grants will provide both new and existing grantee partners with sustainable funding over multiple years to continue their mission critical work without interruption.

The latest round of grantmaking focused on increasing the Foundation’s investment in growing areas of need for advancing economic justice, strengthening democracy, and ending mass incarceration.

The Foundation's commitment to trust-based philanthropy and strategic early and long-term investment in community-rooted organizations aims to further the cause of building a more equitable future.

The Haitian Women’s Collective and Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA) are among the recipients, receiving grants that speak to the foundation's investments in opportunities beyond New York City to advance economic security policies on a national level and to advance women's philanthropic practices globally.

According to NYWF President and CEO Ana L. Oliveira, the grants are crucial in addressing the persistent issues of economic injustice, threats to democracy, and mass incarceration practices that continue to impact marginalized communities. The renewed grants will provide ongoing support to existing grantees and expand the reach of community-based solutions to generate impact.

Grants include a $720,000 disbursement to fund and expand the next phase of a multi-year cohort with the Brooklyn Economic Justice Project (BEJP), and $620,000 awarded to sustain The Justice Fund.

The Justice Fund, now entering year five of its seven-year initiative in 2023, provides renewed support to 10 community-based and cross-sector solutions that significantly decrease the involvement of women, families, and communities in all phases and aspects of the justice system.

The recent impact of this work can be seen in the one-year anniversary of parole reform policy #LessIsMore, championed by grantee partner Katal Center for Health, Equity and Justice, which has already resulted in the early discharge of 17,000 system-impacted individuals from parole.

"We are excited about making a bold investment in equity and justice by supporting emerging and seasoned community leaders advancing meaningful and lasting social, cultural, and economic change. The critical work of our grantee partners will impact the lives of women and gender-expansive people in NYC and beyond," said Camille Emeagwali, Senior Vice President, Programs & Strategic Learning for The New York Women's Foundation.

Overall, NYWF's grants continue to make a bold investment in equity and justice by supporting emerging and seasoned community leaders in advancing meaningful and lasting social, cultural, and economic change, with a particular focus on women and gender-expansive people in NYC and beyond.

For the full list of recipients, please check the Foundation's website.

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