COVID-19 Webinar: How Philanthropy Can Respond- A Funder Webinar on April 28

How Philanthropy Can Respond
to What the COVID-19 Pandemic Lays Bare for Girls, Fem(mes), and Gender Expansive
Youth of Color


A Webinar for Funders on
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 2pm EST/11am PST


On April 28, 2020, hundreds of funders across the country joined our webinar on how philanthropy can respond to what the COVID-19 pandemic lays bare for girls, fem(mes), and gender expansive youth of color.

Below find the video recording of this one-hour presentation and conversation.


Jeannette Pai-Espinosa, President, National Crittenton
Tanisha “Wakumi” Douglas, Founder, SOUL Sisters Leadership Collective
Logan Meza, SOUL Sisters Leadership Collective
Sara Haskie-Mendoza, National Compadres Network



Monique W. Morris, Ed.D., Executive Director, Grantmakers for Girls of Color



Follow all the panelists’ organizations on social media:

National Crittenton – Twitter, Facebook
SOUL Sisters Leadership Collective – Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
National Compadres Network, on Twitter here and here.
Grantmakers for Girls of Color – Twitter, Instagram, Facebook



Forbes: Gender Justice Funders Address Impact Of COVID-19 On Women And Girls

“The COVID-19 pandemic is hitting women and girls the hardest, especially those from low-income communities. A recent study in the U.K. finds that women were about one-third more likely than men to work in a sector that has been shut down, as they make up the bulk of retail and hospitality workers. In the face of gender injustice, a group of philanthropic funders are acting, rooted in feminist principles to challenge oppressive norms and power relations. The first step is to address the disproportionate impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has on women and girls.

“Home is not a safe place for many women and girls. Gender-based violence – affecting 1 in 3 women globally over their lifetimes – is a risk now with COVID-19. Mandatory lock-downs trap and isolate; other sheltering options are inaccessible; added stresses trigger perpetrators; medical care and psychological support are overburdened,” says Cynthia Steele, President and CEO of EMpower, a foundation focused on at-risk youth in emerging market countries. Despite the reported rise in domestic violence, governments have not been providing support to those affected. In mid-March, Steele and the Empower team already reached out to their grantees individually to express solidarity and check in on them.”

Read the full article on Forbes.