Dear Community,

As we prepare to welcome the changing seasons while we enthusiastically organize our virtual 2022 G4GC annual convening and our in-person youth celebration in October (registration information coming soon!), we have exciting announcements and grant opportunities updates for you in this newsletter. 

Some of our internal updates: Recently, we were honored to work with our friends at Funders for LGBTQ Issues to engage in the first of a series of internal trainings to equip us to better support transgender, non-binary, cisgender and gender non-conforming people of Color in our communities and our work. We encourage our philanthropic colleagues to reach out to them if you’re looking to improve your own capacity!

Also, our G4GC team has grown! Join us in welcoming Sam Lee and Raquel Thomas, and read more about them below. 

This month we’re trying something new—a section specifically for our grantee partners to flag important updates and information from our team. We also have a few articles and interviews that are inspiring us. Forward this email to someone who would find it valuable, and they can sign up to receive these directly at www.g4gc.org/updates.

Wishing you all the warmth, comfort and all the beauty of Fall,

Our team at Grantmakers for Girls of Color

Details about our 2022 *virtual* G4GC convening (Oct. 25th-27th) and our youth celebration in Brooklyn on Oct 29th! 

The first day of our virtual convening, October 25th, is right around the corner, and we are thrilled to share that our keynote speaker will be Civil Rights icon Dolores Huerta, President and Founder of the Dolores Huerta Foundation. She has dedicated her life’s journey to community organizing and social justice activism for over 50 years, and we’re excited to have her share her wisdom with our community. 


The theme for this year’s virtual convening is Reclamation and Reciprocity: Harvesting Just and Liberated Futures for Girls, Femmes, and Gender-Expansive Youth of Color. We’re preparing for a jam-packed week of free virtual workshops, plenaries, exciting keynote speakers and performances that bring together our community of funders, grantee partners, and of course, youth! As a special treat, the first 100 people who sign up will receive a participatory gift. We’ll be sending out registration information soon!

Celebrate girls, femmes & gender-expansive 

youth with us on October 29th

G4GC invites you to an exciting celebration of girls, femmes, and gender-expansive youth of Color!  On October 29th we will be hosting JOYOUS FUTURES: G4GC Youth Celebration in Brooklyn, NY. This will be a day of creativity, vibrancy, food, and fun, and we invite young people, families, and those invested in just and liberated futures for girls, femmes, and gender-expansive youth of Color to attend! 

Join us to enjoy self care, music and dance, interactive games, and Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color artists & vendors on Saturday, October 29th 10 am to 4pm, a FREE celebration at Bogart House in Brooklyn, NY. Be sure to save the date and be on the lookout for the official event RSVP! 

Welcome Sam and Raquel to G4GC

We’re thrilled to introduce you to two amazing new members of our G4GC team, who’ve started with us this summer. 

 

Sam Lee (she/her) has collaborated with G4GC as a consultant for over a year, and has now officially joined our team as Senior Director, Data and Technology Operations. Sam is a collaborative and people-centric Tech and Operations leader with over 20 years of experience working across a range of sectors in London and New York City. She has a passion for helping mission-driven organizations effectively use technology to advance social justice and amplify positive change. Sam is of Chinese ancestry, hails from Malaysia, was raised in London, and now resides on land originally protected by the Munsee Lenape and Wappinger people (Chappaqua, NY).

 

Raquel Thomas (she/her) recently joined the team as an Operations Associate. Raquel is a communicator, culture worker, and servant leader who’s passionate about wellness, restorative justice, and the preservation of memory. As a child, Raquel spent most of her time in the U.S. South exploring the Mvskoke land in Georgia, on which she currently resides. Establishing reverence for Indigenous land imbued her with lessons of openness, peace, and endurance.

 

She is a Black American writer, musician, and certified yoga teacher. Through her life’s work, Raquel hopes to encourage joy, vulnerability, and creative self-expression. Prior to G4GC, Raquel was a student at Spelman College where she majored in Sociology and minored in Spanish.

We want to hear from our youth!

The Future Economy Lab is a collaboration between G4GC and SecondMuse Capital and we need your help encouraging girls, femmes and gender-expansive youth ages 14-24 to take this short survey! Anyone who identifies as a girl, femme, or gender-expansive youth of Color between the ages of 13-24 is invited to take the survey! The survey will launch later this month. 

Nothing is more exciting than seeing a better future—for girls, femmes, and gender expansive youth of Color. Whether it’s an increase in mental health serⅵces, dⅳerse representation, or creating a sustainable lifestyles based on love —we want to know what you believe proⅵdes for the greatest abundance for our community by filling out and sharing our questionnaire for youth, by youth. Stay tuned and follow us on social media for the questionnaire launch later this month. . 

To learn more about The Future Economy Lab, Abundantly Investing in Girls, Femmes, and Gender-Expansive Youth of Color, visit Secondmuse.com

If you’re a G4GC grantee partner, you’ve likely heard from one or more of our team members recently about the upcoming G4GC virtual convening, surveys, our video narrative Pass the Mic Project (PTMP), or some of our other projects! As our team grows, and the various projects that you join or collaborate with us expand, we want to give you a clear sense of when you’re likely to receive a communication from someone in our team. 

In hopes of keeping the communication between G4GC and our grantee partners aligned, below is a quick summary of important updates. We also encourage you to keep an eye out in your email inboxes as our team will reach out to you directly with more information, and we always welcome feedback for ways to make our communication efficient! 

  • Future Economy Lab Survey: All grantees will receive an ask to spread the word about the Future Economy Lab: Abundantly Investing in Girls, Femmes, and Gender-Expansive Youth of Color survey! The survey will ask young people to tell us what they believe is necessary to achieve economic justice for their communities, and all participants will receive a $35 gift card. Please be on the lookout for more communication from your grants manager. 
  • Pass the Mic Project (PTMP): For research-focused grantee partners participating in the video narrative Pass The Mic Project, you’ll hear from Ashley Edokpayi about upcoming youth workshops, fall filming dates and timelines, important forms, and more.
  • G4GC Virtual Convening & Youth Celebration: We are excited to be planning our annual virtual convening Reclamation and Reciprocity: Harvesting Just and Liberated Futures for Girls, Femmes, and Gender-Expansive Youth of Color. The convening will be virtual and will take place Oct 25-27th- stay tuned for registration info in the coming weeks! And for those who are interested and able, on Saturday Oct. 29th we will also be hosting an in-person celebration of all things girl, femmes and gender-expansive youth of Color entitled called ‘Joyous Futures: A safe space for rest, play, creativity and the vibrancy of girls, femmes & gender-expansive youth of Color in Brooklyn, New York! . You’ll want to RSVP to reserve your spot, and to stay informed on exciting updates
  • G4GC Research Survey: We’ll be reaching out to all grantees about filling out a survey in early 2023. Please be on the lookout for more information from us later this year. 

Exciting grant opportunities from others in our community!

Black Feminist Fund’s Solidarity Fund supports timely, one-off initiatives that respond to or create an opportunity for change; enable solidarity across geographies, movements, or people; seed a new project, new collective, or new idea; or support wellness, safety, and security  

Application Deadline: The fund accepts applications on a rolling basis.

Grant Amount: $5,000 – $20,000

Bush Foundation’s Community Innovation grants support organizations coming together to solve community challenges, and efforts that help people lead in strong, equitable, and connected ways. Grants must be used for projects located in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, or the 23 Indigenous/Native nations that share the same geography.

Application Deadline: Accepted on a rolling basis. 

Grant Amount: Up to $200,000

The Na’ah Illahee Fund (NIF) provides resources for Native communities across the Pacific Northwest dedicated to work on the epidemic of Gender Based Violence and Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women/People (MMIWP) in their communities. 

Application Deadline: October 20, 2022

Grant Amount: Up to $20,000

New Media Ventures funds for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations building progressive power. Their primary focus areas are media & narrative, organizing & advocacy, and elections & civic engagement.

Application Deadline: November 1, 2022 

Grant Amount Range: $50,000 – $150,000

Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples invites Native-led community-generated projects and organizations to apply for support from one of its four programs:

  • Community Vitality: enhances Indigenous identity, cultural lifeways, and connection supporting traditional foodways, community-based healing, cultural knowledge sharing, and Indigenous stewardship.
  • Flicker Fund: provides emergency relief and response to Indigenous communities in crisis.
  • Land, Water and Climate: supports frontline actions protecting sacred places, defense of homelands and territories, and climate change strategies rooted in cultural values.
  • Thriving Women: supports Native women-led work that reclaims matrilineal lifeways, empowers women and girls, and addresses gender oppression and violence.

Application Deadline: December 7th. Note: The grant application portal will open 30 days before the next deadline for submissions.

Grant Range: $500 – $50,000 (average grant range: $10,000 – $25,000)

 

Cool Opportunities for Fellow Funders! Survey for Funders on Ending Gender-Based Violence

Collective Future Fund invites you to take their ‘Freedom From Violence Funder Survey!’ The information collected in the survey will help grantmakers build data and support the understanding of funding work to advance freedom from violence. The deadline is September 30, you can complete it here.




Healing histories with Funders for Justice

This fall, our colleagues at Funders for Justice (FFJ) are hosting a four-part institute on Dismantling the Medical Industrial Complex (MIC) Institute, starting September 22. The institute will examine the complicated history of healthcare in the U.S, and ways that health care providers and community-based organizations are making interventions and working to transform the care that communities of Color receive. You can get details and register for the institute here.

Chatting with the women of Wakanda Forever

“If putting these characters in a heroic space propels that sense of ownership of self and what one can do with their own potential as young women and girls of color, that’s everything, really,” says actress Danai Gurira, on the powerful imagery of Black women superheroes in “Wakanda Forever.” 

The Women of ‘Wakanda Forever”, written by Salamishah Tillet, Pulitzer Prize winning author and co-founder of #1Billion4BlackGirls campaign, published in the New York Times recently. Her article includes interviews from Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, along with returning and new women cast members of the sequel, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”

Philanthropy in Phocus

Maheen Kaleem, our G4GC Vice President of Programs and Operations, joined the Philanthropy in Phocus podcast on August 19 to discuss how Grantmakers for Girls of Color is disrupting the philanthropic space and creating sustainable funding pathways for organizations serving girls, femmes and gender-expansive youth of Color. You can listen to (and watch) her full interview here.

Supporting girls* of Color with trauma-informed care

“The generational aspect of loss and power, poverty, violence that just kind of compounds,” says Toni Bissen, executive director of the Pu’a Foundation, one of our G4GC grantee partners implementing programs that are effectively keeping girls in Hawaii out of juvenile detention. 

 

 Read more about how the Pu’a Foundation, along with our other grantee partner Vera institute of Justice, is addressing the generational needs of girls in Hawaii and offering influential support in The Washington Post

Riding to the polls in favor of more BIPOC representation

“Inspired by our ancestors who rode on horseback to vote, Harness, the organization for which I work, will be helping BIPOC youth to do just that. We’re executing a national campaign called Ride to the Polls that will drive disenfranchised communities around the country to ride to polling locations in their own style and in ways that resonate with their communities,” writes Allie Young, founder of grantee partner Protect The Sacred, in Teen Vogue. We’re proud to support this effort from our grantee partner to get out the vote in ways that resonate with our communities. Read the full article here.

September 2022

* Sept. 15- Oct. 15: Latinx Heritage Month

* Suicide Prevention Month

  • 15: #1Billion4BlackGirls & Black Girl Freedom Fund 2nd anniversary
  • 21: Black Women’s Equal Pay Day

 

October 2022

 

* Sept. 15- Oct. 15: Latinx Heritage Month

* Domestic Violence Awareness Month

* Filipino-American Heritage Month

* National Disability Employment Awareness Month

* Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  • 11: National Coming Out Day
  • 25-27: G4GC’s annual convening! 
  • 29: G4GC youth celebration in NYC! 

 

Does your organization have a funding opportunity, upcoming conference, or other celebration centering girls of Color you want to share with the G4GC community? Or an important date to be included in our upcoming calendar section? Email them to [email protected] with “newsletter” in the subject line for consideration 6-8 weeks before the event or date. 

*When G4GC refers to “girls of color” we include any cis, trans, gender-expansive, non-binary and/or any girl- or femme-identified person age 25 and younger who identifies as Black, Indigenous, Latin, Asian, Arab, Pacific Islander, and/or other People of Color.