Third Wave is Blazing New Trails for Gender Justice

Friday, September 8, 2017

Third Wave is Blazing New Trails for Gender Justice

To support nonprofits that reflect the communities they serve, Third Wave has recently launched the Own Our Power Fund and will be announcing their first round of grantees this fall. 

This fund will make one and two-year capacity-building grants of up to $25,000 for projects that seek to increase self-representation in the nonprofit arena, and bolster the community-driven leadership of the organization. 

People of color only make up 18% of non-profit staff and 22% of foundation staff, and only hold 13% of top leadership positions. And although women comprise 75% of the nonprofit workforce, they make up only 21% of leadership positions. Bottom line is, even in the most progressive and liberal foundations and nonprofits, leadership does not always reflect the diverse communities being served. 

But at Third Wave, the numbers are quite different. The staff and board of Third Wave Fund is 90% women and 70% people of color. ...

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