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Learn More about Women’s Funds and Research on Women’s Issues

  • International Center for Research on Women harnesses the resources of a network of more than 100 leading U.S. research, advocacy, and policy centers to ensure more fully informed debate, policies, and practices.
  • Institute for Women’s Policy Research conducts research on issues of poverty and welfare, employment and earnings, work and family issues, health and safety, and women’s civic and political participation.
  • International Center for Research on Women helps improve the lives of women in poverty through research, capacity building, and advocacy on issues affecting women’s economic, health and social status in low- and middle-income countries.
  • National Women’s Studies Association supports and promotes feminist education and research, and is chiefly concerned with working to end racism and all forms of oppression.
  • Women’s Media Center strives to make women visible in the media by training women and girls to be media ready and media savvy, curating original content from extraordinary women writers and monitoring calling out media sexism.
  • Criterion Institute addresses the key issues of our time – poverty, environmental threats, inequality, conflict and disease – by not only working within existing markets to create change but intentionally changing markets.
  • What Girls Need to Grow describes the impact of grassroots funding on overcoming cultural and institutional barriers to learning for at-risk girls

Women and Philanthropy

  • Women’s Funding Network is an international organization committed to improving the status of women and girls locally, nationally, and globally.
  • Women’s Perspective provides education for women seeking to understand their spiritual and economic power to align their financial lives with their core values.
  • Women’s Philanthropy Institute furthers the understanding of women’s philanthropy through research, education, and knowledge dissemination.
  • The Sister Fund supports spiritual women and their organizations, both grassroots activists for justice and national and international social change agents, and acknowledges the role of faith in generating compassion and social change.

Economic Security

Gender in Media

  • Women’s Media Center makes women visible and powerful in the media.
  • The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and its programming arm, See Jane, are at the forefront of changing female portrayals and gender stereotypes in children’s media and entertainment.
  • SPARK is a girl-fueled activist movement to demand an end to the sexualization of women and girls in media.


Social Change

  • National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy monitors philanthropic practices and researches potential areas for reform that can make a positive, progressive difference for the nonprofit community.
  • Ultraviolet works to expand women’s rights and combat sexism everywhere – from politics and government to media and pop culture.

General Philanthropy Resources