COVID & Philanthropy


Moving the Needle on Giving to Women’s and Girls’ Causes January 14, 2021 (by Jeannie Sager – Worth)
In a world where a fraction of charitable dollars goes to women and as we continue to grapple with gender equity post-pandemic, how can donors best support organizations and leaders that are pushing for gender progress?

Billionaires and Philanthropy Bigwigs Want Congress to Fix Tax Laws So Charities Can Get More Money Faster December 7, 2020 (by Leslie Albrecht – Market Watch)
Several of the biggest foundations in the U.S. announced on Giving Tuesday that they’ve formed a coalition devoted to “accelerating charitable giving” by reforming tax laws.

Women’s Philanthropy Circle Awards Record-breaking Funding December 3, 2020 (Indiana University Kokomo)
Indiana University Kokomo’s women’s giving circle awarded its largest amount of grant funding in its four-year history, giving more than $33,000 to 12 projects last month.

How the Coronavirus Pandemic Is Changing Philanthropy November 22, 2020 (by Lisa Ward – The Wall Street Journal)
From mutual-aid networks to emergency-response funds, communities and nonprofits have sped up efforts to get help to where it’s needed most.

COVID-19 Recovery: Initiative Aims to Equitably Rebuild Chicago October 20, 2020 ( by Marissa Nelson – WTTW)
The coronavirus pandemic has disproportionately affected Black and Brown residents not just in Chicago, but across the country. Earlier this month, The Chicago Community Trust, along with the mayor’s office, businesses and philanthropies, launched Together We Rise — an initiative that aims to center equity in the recovery process by investing in Black and Latino neighborhoods.

Philanthropy Needs to Rise to the Moment of the Racial Justice Movement August 252020 (by Alana Petraske – Barron’s)
Communities worldwide are protesting. The movement for racial justice—for Black lives—extends beyond police brutality to the systems that perpetuate and entrench racial inequality and harm. This moment is challenging, but also a historic opportunity for philanthropy to rise to the occasion.

Jeff Bezos’ Ex MacKenzie Scott on Her Billions: ‘There’s No Question’ that Wealth Is a Result of ‘Collective Effort’ and ‘Social Structures’ July 292020 (by Catherine Clifford – NBC News)
Jeff Bezos’ ex-wife MacKenzie Scott announced Tuesday she has given away $1.7 billion and aims to give away the majority of her wealth.

Gender Lens Venture Investing Suffers Setbacks But Will Emerge Stronger from COVID-19 July 212020 (by Bonnie Chiu – Forbes)
Overall deal activity for women-founded startups has fallen since start of 2020, but COVID-19 can present the opportunity to grow gender lens venture investing, as the business case is being proven.

Global Resilience Fund Offers Flex Funding for Women and Girls June 92020 (by Maggie May  – Philanthropy Women)
The Global Resilience Fund is a worldwide collective of funders committed to supporting young women and girl activists with emergency funding as they respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

Uniting to Protect and Empower Women Is Everyone’s Responsibility May 282020 (by S. Mona Sinha – Philanthropy News Digest)
At this critical moment, philanthropic leadership is essential to ensure that the safety and security of women, here in the U.S. and around the globe, are protected.

COVID-19’s Disproportionate Impact on Women Raises Tough Questions for a Philanthropic Community Wary of Applying a Gender Lens to Its Investments May 122020 (Joanna Pachner – The Philanthropist)
As women gain a bigger voice in philanthropy, they may well put pressure on charities to shift their donation approaches and apply a gender lens.

Grantmakers for Girls of Color Announces $1 Million to Address Immediate Impacts of COVID-19 on Girls and Gender Expansive Youth of Color May 42020 (Grantmaker for Girls of Color)
Through the Love is Healing COVID-19 Response Fund, Grantmakers for Girls of Color is investing $1 million to address the needs of  girls and gender expansive youth of color.

Gender Justice Funders Lead the Way in Providing Flexible Funding April 27 2020 (by Bonnie Chiu – Forbes)
A group of philanthropic funders, rooted in feminist funding principles including flexibility and self-determination, are leading the way in providing flexible for their grantees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Women Must Have a Seat at the Table in Funding Coronavirus Relief Efforts April 20, 2020 (by Elizabeth Barajas-Roman – Ms. Magazine)
This crisis requires swift, targeted actions that are driven by, and responsive to, the needs of each community—not a one-size-fits-all federal aid package.

How Gender Lens Funding Can Improve COVID Response April 2020 (by Elizabeth Barajas-Román – Philanthropy Women)
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Women’s Funding Network is seeing seven trademarks of their philanthropic principles being deployed with immediate impact across the world.

Reflections On COVID-19: Why Gender Finance Is Relevant, Timely, Impactful And Important April 2020 (by Suzanne Biegel – Gender Smart)
Taking stock of implications for the gender-smart investing community, and reimagining relevant roles for different actors in the ecosystem. Now more than ever it is time to put gender on the table in investment decisions.

Gender Justice Funders Address Impact of COVID-19 on Women and Girls April 14, 2020 (by Bonnie Chiu – Forbes)
In the face of gender injustice, a group of philanthropic funders are acting, rooted in feminist principles to challenge oppressive norms and power relations.

How Do You Raise Money During a Global Pandemic? April 7, 2020 (by Jacki Zehner – LinkedIn)
Interview with Kathy LeMay, renowned resource champion for social change work, about fundraising amid COVID-19.

Uncertainty Is the Mother of Invention  April 2020 (by S. Mona Sinha – Philanthropy Women)
Simple principles that underlie what Women Moving Millions do– Learn, Listen, Connect, and Collaborate–can be valuable tools to guide us toward gender equality and to keep us grounded in these times of uncertainty.

How Donors Can Support DV Survivors in COVID-19 April 2020 (by Sonya Passi – Philanthropy Women)
COVID-19 has illuminated the severe lack of infrastructure that we have in the US to support survivors’ long-term safety. Philanthropy is well-positioned to lead the way here with 4 simple next steps.

Will Women’s Movements Lead Us Through COVID-19?  March 27, 2020 (by Radha Friedman –  Medium)
If ever there was a time to double down on investing in women and girls, it’s now.

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