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Standing Firm: Women- and Trans-Led Organisations Respond to Closing Space for Civil Society

July 1, 2017

As feminist funds, Mama Cash and Urgent Action Fund know that collective action by women, girls, and trans people is changing the world. Today, the global political and social landscape is becoming increasingly repressive, xenophobic, patriarchal and extremist. It is urgent to provide support to unapologetically progressive and feminist movements led by those most excluded and impacted.This report is a tool, resource, and testimony to inform the understanding of how closing space, in all its forms, has a gendered impact. Its aim is to bring value to the conversations and collaborations around the closing space phenomenon.

Women and Wealth: Insights for Grantmakers

July 14, 2015

Improving women's ability to build wealth is not only good for women, but is essential for the economic well-being of children, families, and our community. The women's wealth gap has been largely overlooked in discussions of women's economic security, yet wealth (the value of assets minus debts) is the most comprehensive indicator of financial health.  Our new brief finds the wealth gap to be significant  - during their working years, single women have only 32 cents for every dollar of wealth owned by single men.Women & Wealth: Insights for Grantmakers, the new grantmaker brief from the Asset Funders Network, authored by Mariko Chang, PhD, examines the causes and dimensions of the women's wealth gap and provides recommendations and best practices for grantmakers to reduce the women's wealth gap and improve women's access to the wealth escalator. 

Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking Key Findings

July 17, 2014

Each year foundations globally fund efforts to ensure the protection and promotion of human rights. Our latest key findings report, Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking provides a snapshot of the landscape of global human rights grantmaking in 2011.Written by Foundation Center and the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG), in collaboration with the International Network of Women's Funds (INWF) and Ariadne -- European Funders for Social Change and Human Rights, the latest edition of Advancing Human Rights identified $1.7 billion in human rights funding from foundations in 34 countries awarded to more than 10,000 organizations around the world. Human rights work supported by foundations ranges from ensuring the right to peaceful assembly and association to supporting freedom from violence to promoting the right to education.

Pioneers in Justice: Building Networks and Movements for Social Change

May 15, 2014

The social justice sector is at a critical inflection point -- a moment where many of its fundamental assumptions and old ways of operating are being challenged. New tools and strategies are needed to strengthen the sector to advance its goals of achieving justice and opportunity for all.This report is a new case study by Heather McLeod Grant about the Levi Strauss Foundation's groundbreaking five-year effort to help a group of Bay Area social justice leaders scale their impact by investing in capacity building and supporting new ways of working. The case study shares many of the rich stores and lessons emerging from the Pioneers in Justice initiative, as these young leaders work to scale their impact and build social movements through the power of social media and networked action. What they are learning -- and how they learned it -- is something that everyone interested in the larger social sector will be curious to find out.

Who Decides: How Participatory Grantmaking Benefits Donors, Communities, and Movements

April 21, 2014

The Lafayette Practice conducted research and interviews to analyze and compare the practices of eight premiere international Participatory Grantmaking Funds (PGF). TLP examined existing data regarding the qualitative aspects of the funds and their grantees, including functions, roles, and budgets.Participatory Grantmaking emerges from a practice of grassroots activism, with assumed belief that decision-making participation of people impacted by the fund's programs will guarantee that grants are allocated to those most deserving. Participatory Grantmaking models have proliferated over the past several decades. Yet there has been little research or documentation to analyze the assumptions and outcomes of the methodology.The funds included in this report are:Disability Rights FundFRIDA -- Young Feminist FundGMT InitiativeHIV Young Leaders FundInternational Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) HIV Collaborative FundRed Umbrella FundRobert Carr Networks FundUHAI -- the East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative.

Watering the Leaves, Starving the Roots

October 6, 2013

Assocation for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) provides the latest analysis on the funding trends impacting women's rights organizing and the financial status of women's organizations around the world. Based on a survey of over 1,100 women's organizations in every region of the world, the report helps make sense of the rapidly changing funding landscape and makes recommendations for how to mobilize more and better resources for women's rights organizing through a feminist collective resource mobilization approach.

2012 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard: A Portrait of Financial Insecurity and Policies to Rebuild Prosperity in America

January 31, 2012

Provides state-by-state rankings with respect to asset poverty rates; indicators in the areas of financial assets and income, businesses and jobs, housing and homeownership, health care, and education; and policies that bolster financial security.

Just the Financial Facts Please! A Secret Survey of Financial Services in San Francisco's Mission District

September 1, 2010

Examines the costs and dynamics of borrowing $1,000 from various financial service providers in a historic immigrant community. Proposes Financial Facts labels and a Responsible Lending and Borrowing Checklist to increase residents' financial capability.

Investing in Women for a Better World

March 8, 2010

Offers case studies of HERproject, a factory-based initiative working to improve women's health awareness, leadership skills, and employer relations by promoting the business value of workplace health programs and creating intervention networks.

Banking in a Global Market: A Financial Institution Guide for Offering International Remittance Services

August 1, 2007

Provides a detailed overview of the U.S.-Latin America remittance market, and offers a step-by-step guide to setting up transparent and efficient remittance services. Includes summaries of six product approaches and profiles of programs at eleven banks.

2007 - 2008 Assets and Opportunity Scorecard

January 1, 2007

Assesses financial security, business development, home ownership, health care, and education assets in the U.S., as compared by state, race, gender, and income.

Migrant Women's Philanthropic Practices From the Diaspora

January 1, 2005

The conceptualization of this research report (she gives back) started from Mama Cash' encounters, collaborations and partnerships with black, migrant and refugee women's rights activists and organizations in the Netherlands. The information presented in this report is therefore at the crux of two areas of increasing policy and research interest: the role of migrants as philanthropists for social change and the role and contributions of migrant women specifically.