Funders for Gender Equity

About the Group

Funders for Gender Equity (FGE) is an expanding circle of funders committed to increasing awareness of, and investment in, the needs of women and girls in New York City and beyond. Formerly known as the Funders for Women and Girls, FGE seeks to build a community within philanthropy committed to strategic dialogue and action around social equality and economic security for NYC’s women, girls and gender nonconforming persons, within the context of class, race/ethnicity and sexual orientation.

To this end, it seeks to produce programming and partnership opportunities that:

  • build awareness among funders of the overlapping impact that education, health and economic security have on the lives and well-being of girls, women, and gender nonconforming persons;
  • deepen understanding of issues affecting diverse populations of girls, women, and gender nonconforming persons;
  • encourage strategic collaborations with key stakeholders including policy makers, nonprofits, business and constituent groups to advance improvements for girls, women, and gender nonconforming persons; and foster innovation and new ideas in the field; and
  • increase philanthropic investments in strategies that benefit girls, women, and gender nonconforming persons. Ideally, the network hopes to foster pooled funding collaborative(s); leverage participants’ institutional assets (for example, media access or research/data strengths and capacity); and jointly fund projects through independent institutional giving programs.

Monthly Update: April 2018

On May 22, 2018, the group is co-sponsoring a program titled Tipping Points: Philanthropy’s Role in Changing the Narrative Power exploring the roles philanthropy plays in supporting or hindering gender and racial equity. The group is also developing a program examining trans-focused funding strategies and another focused on women in advocacy, organized around the themes of community organizing and activism. 

The steering committee’s next meeting will be held on May 9, 2018, at Philanthropy New York.

For additional details or information regarding the Funders for Gender Equity Steering Committee, please contact Jo Christine Miles at

Examine Organizational Blind Spots With This New Gender Lens Tool!

Applying a gender lens to your grantmaking highlights the gaps and trends that would otherwise be invisible if you didn’t employ it. With a gender analysis, grantmakers can avoid supporting “gender blind” policies or programs that unintentionally discriminate based on gender roles. Without this lens, funders can fail to recognize the disproportionate affect that a range of issues have on women and gender nonconforming people – especially those from communities of color. Instead of reinforcing gender inequality by failing to account for women, girls, and LGBTQ people’s lack of access or opportunity, funders can extend the impact of their grantmaking by using a gender lens framework to see how gender interacts with and compounds their issues – and shift funding strategies to address them.

FGE's steering committee presents the following tool for those looking to apply a gender analysis to their grantmaking practice: Starting the Conversation: Using a Gender Lens in Your Grantmaking. It is a graphical representation of how to get a deeper conversation on gender started in any foundation.  (Click here to view a large printable version).

The Funders for Gender Equity Steering Committee invites any funder who wants to deepen their organization’s conversations about gender to reach out to them.  

Gender Justice Sector Resources

March, 2018

The number of women who speak at key policy-shaping conferences across Europe is far below that of their male peers. Looking at five years of high-level conferences in Europe, this report finds that a woman has only one opportunity to speak for every three times a man speaks.

March, 2017

This report, prepared in partnership with Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) and Frontlines Solutions, will help funders understand what gender norms are, how they impact young Latinas, and how to adopt an intersectional approach that connects race, class, and gender to increase the social return on their philanthropic investment.

January, 2017

There is significant opportunity for individual investors, asset managers and companies to move closer to achieving the goal of gender equality and make direct social, market and global economic impacts, according to a compelling report launched t