Grants for women's rights groups

286 women's rights advocacy organizations received at least $39.8 million in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 633 grants made from 511 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $1,100. Of these 511 foundations, 89% made just a single grant to women's rights orgs, and 1% made grants to four or more women's rights orgs. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$39,782,249
Total grant dollars given to women's rights groups
633
Number of grants made annually to women's rights groups
511
Number of grantmakers funding women's rights groups
$1,100
Median grant size to women's rights groups

Foundations that support women's rights advocacy organizations

Out of all grants made to women's rights groups, 70% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 97% of the dollar-value of grants to women's rights orgs. Foundations funding women's rights orgs also made grants to food banks, universities, legal aid societies, homeless shelters, and theaters.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
358
Medium
 
78
Large
 
75
Small foundations have <$10M in assets. Medium foundations have $10M to $50M in assets. Large foundations have >$50M in assets.

Foundation type

Foundation typeNumber of grantmakers
Community
 
18
Private
 
431
Corporate
 
31
Other
 
31

Grants made

Grants made to women's rights orgsNumber of grantmakers
1
 
459
2-3
 
43
4-10
 
7
11+
 
2

Top 10 foundations supporting women's rights advocacy organizations

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to women's rights orgsNumber of grants made to women's rights orgsMedian grant size
JP Morgan Chase FoundationNYNational0.0%18$230
Seattle FoundationWAState0.0%14$3,500
Abbvie FoundationILNational0.0%9$259
John D & Catherine T Macarthur FoundationILNational0.0%8$1,500
Chubb Charitable FoundationPANational0.1%7$300
Salesforce Com FoundationCANational0.0%6$100
The Reba Judith Sandler FoundationMAMetro5.4%5$5,000
Shell Oil Company FoundationTXNational0.0%5$150
W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF)MINational1.5%4$1,300
California Wellness FoundationCAState0.0%3$5,000

Women's rights advocacy organizations grantees

Women's rights groups with more than $5 million in total revenues received 82% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 38% of all women's rights orgs.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
627
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
6

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$1,000
$100k-$500k
 
$1,000
$500k-$1M
 
$2,000
$1M-$5M
 
$1,500
>$5M
 
$1,000

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
New York
 
175
California
 
112
District of Columbia
 
46
Illinois
 
45
Other
 
255

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
New York City
 
174
San Francisco
 
77
Washington DC
 
47
Chicago
 
43
Other
 
287

Top 25 grants made to women's rights groups

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Rights$13,351,733To Support Readi Chicago Year 2The Chicago Community Trust
Texas Women's Foundation$11,387,516General SupportThe Dallas Foundation
Borealis Philanthropy$4,567,500Transform Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the Philanthropic Field By Building the Strong Sector's Capacity To Integrate Racial Equity Within Institutions Serving the Infrastructure of Philanthropy Through Support of Efforts of A Funding CollaborativeW.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF)
Essie Justice Group$3,281,000Public SafetySilicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF)
Women Donors Network (WDN)$3,010,000General Operating SupportThe Chicago Community Trust
The National Council for Incarcerated An D Formerly Incarcarated Women and Girls$2,875,000Public SafetySilicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF)
Zioness Movement$5,000Community Outreach & Enrichment ProgramsGoldman Sachs Gives
The Advocates For Human Rights$5,000General SupportNovo Foundation
Women's Resource Center of the Delaware Valley$5,000To Sustain the Resource Coordination Counseling Services and Support An Emergency Assistance Fund To Address Immediate Needs Such As Food and Household Supplies Not Available Through Local Pantries and Health-Related NeedsFoundation for Delaware County (CCF)
Michigan Women's Forward$5,000Community TransformationDTE Energy Foundation
Women Donors Network (WDN)$5,000For 2019 MembershipCalifornia Wellness Foundation
Women Organized To Respond To Life- Threatening Diseases$5,000For Core Operating Support for the Paradigm Shift Conference in February 2020 in Atlanta To Address Unmet Needs and Gaps in Services for African American Women in California and Nationally Affected By the Hiv/aids Epidemic.California Wellness Foundation
Chinese For Affirmative Action$5,000For Project Support of Hmong Innovating Politics and Its Fellows Program To Engage Disenfranchised California Communities Civically.California Wellness Foundation
Women's Law Project$5,000The Rights of Women and GirlsShear Family Foundation
Chicago Foundation for Women$5,00034th Annual LuncheonCME Group Foundation
Citizens Committee for Children of New York$5,000Program SupportEdward H Benenson Foundation
Maine Women's Lobby Education Fund$5,000Community ProgramsAvangrid Foundation
International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF)$5,000General FundArnhold Foundation
Citizens Committee for Children of New York$5,000General FundArnhold Foundation
Oasis A Haven for Women and Children$5,000General SupportAdvisors Charitable Gift Fund
Women Donors Network (WDN)$5,000General Operating SupportPhiladelphia Foundation (PF)
Global Fund for Women$5,000General & UnrestrictedAdam J Weissman Foundation
The Womens Resource of Greater Houston$5,000Community QB AwardHouston Texans Foundation
The Advocates For Human Rights$5,000General Operating ActivitiesRathmann Family Foundation
Women's Global Connection of San Antonio$5,000Annual CampaignThe Gorman Foundation
Methodology: To determine grants and grantees, Cause IQ analyzes electronically-filed Form 990, Form 990-EZ, and Form 990-PF financial disclosure documents, matching grantees to specific organizations using EINs and fuzzy matching logic. The "Women's rights groups" category for this page is determined by the "R24: Womens Rights" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.