02 June 2010

Ms. Foundation Issues New Report on Gender-Based Violence Funding

In the fight to end gender-based violence, much has been done to raise awareness of the issue and its impact on women and families -- but how much do we know about how foundations in the US are funding the issue? Or about the level of support they're lending to the cause?

Now, through a new report released by the Ms. Foundation for Women, those questions have been answered.

Timed to coincide with the 15th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, last year the Foundation undertook a multi-pronged study to measure the scope, focus and impact of funding for gender-based violence. The results of that study are now being released in a new report -- "Efforts to Address Gender-Based Violence: A Look at Foundation Funding" -- which reviews the progress foundations have made in addressing gender-based violence, in order to sketch the current philanthropic landscape and its potential for growth.

Featuring first-person interviews with staff members from the Arizona Foundation for Women, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Novo Foundation and the Verizon Foundation - which generously provided funding for the project - the report includes:
  • Data derived from survey responses of over 100 grantmakers and practitioners in the field of gender-based violence
  • Listings of the top foundations that give in this issue area
  • Recommendations for current funders and those who are considering supporting this issue
As the old adage goes, "You can't know where you're going if you don't know where you've been." By offering a comprehensive review of the state of funding in the field, "Efforts to Address Gender-Based Violence" offers a critical jumping off point for the future of funding for gender-based violence programs. Download [pdf] your copy of our groundbreaking new report today.

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