The New York Women's Foundation® (NYWF®) was established in 1987 as a public philanthropy to be a voice for women and a force for change. We are a cross-cultural alliance of women catalyzing partnerships and leveraging human and financial capital to achieve sustained economic security and justice for women and girls. With fierce determination, we mobilize hearts, minds and resources to create an equitable and just future for women, families and communities in New York City.
NYWF® strategically funds organizations and programs that move women and girls towards long-term economic security and safety through individual transformation and systemic change. Additionally, we mobilize leaders and community partners as philanthropists and change agents. We fund programs that promote economic security and justice, safety, and health and sexual rights to women and girls.
Listening to the community, the Foundation's grants respond directly to its needs. We are often the first institution to offer support to women-led community-based responses. Our participatory grantmaking process engages a diverse range of women's voices and perspectives. Our staff and the Grants Advisory Committee volunteers conduct a thorough on-site review of each candidate organization's work, ensuring that the most effective programs are funded.
In 2010, sensitive to the growing needs of New York’s women and children hit hard by the economic crisis, The New York Women’s Foundation ® increased its total grant making from $2,760,000 to $3,370,175 providing much-needed support to 68 organizations. NYWF ® began the implementation of key elements of the organization’s Strategic Plan, realigning its grantmaking in order to deliver services fostering individual transformation and to create long-term systemic change for low-income women. The Foundation began it’s ‘due diligence’ phase for a comprehensive web redesign, including collecting data from our current user constituencies to improve efficiency and effectiveness and also convened grantee partners for discussions on issues related to poverty among women in NYC, continuing the outreach, and public education efforts in the context of the recession.
NYWF® partnered with the Community Service Society to co-sponsor The Unheard Third: Raising the Voice of Low-Income Women, a community forum based on CSS’s annual survey of low income New Yorkers and established a new partnership with Barnard Center for Research on Women to explore the connection between Reproductive Justice and women’s economic security—an immensely well-received conference was held in September 2010.
THE STEPPING UP AWARD is presented to New Yorkers who serve as role models of courageous leadership, vision and commitment to women and families as individuals and partners.