Funding Feminist Movements
While feminist movements hold solutions to the most pressing problems of our time, only a tiny fraction of development assistance, philanthropy, and investment capital directly supports their work. What little funding is available is often deeply unreliable, subject to onerous restrictions, and forever vulnerable to shifting priorities and political environments. Within this landscape, lesbian, bisexual, and Queer-identified women and non-binary activists, in particular, have little access to support from philanthropy and international assistance organizations.
Changing this reality is our core mandate.
One powerful strategy is to shine a light on the enduring impact of feminist movements around the world. That is why, together with the feminist funding community, we are building a strong evidence base to capture and chronicle the catalytic role played by women’s rights and gender justice organizations. We know that collective action generates change—and we’re documenting that change to ensure it is more easily seen and understood by everyone, especially those who control how resources are invested. Together, we’re making the case that investing in organizations led by women, girls, and non-binary people will yield strategic and lasting results for everyone.
We work with others to bring this urgent discussion to policy, investment, and philanthropic circles. Our sister women’s funds are key partners, as are like-minded Canadian-based organizations. We partner with feminist activists around the world to make the case for feminist funding and expand the feminist funding ecosystem.
From the Equality Fund
- EVENT SUMMARY – Feminist Movements and Lasting Change: What We Know and Where Next? (June 2021)
- BLOG – Spotlighting Feminist Organizations at the Generation Equality Forum Mexico (March 2021)
- BLOG – Beijing +25: Moving Beyond ‘Building Back Better’ (November 2020)
- BLOG – Strengthening Feminist Funding During COVID-19 and Beyond (May 2020) (FR)
- DOCUMENT – Principles for Feminist Funding (April 2020) – Equality Fund, Canadian Women’s Foundation, and Community Foundations of Canada (FR)
- VIDEO – EXPLAINED: Why invest in women’s rights organizations and movements? – Equality Fund (then The MATCH International Women’s Fund) and Nobel Women’s Initiative (February 2019) (FR | SP)
- BRIEF – Pre-Budget Recommendations: Realizing The Potential of the Feminist International Assistance Policy Through Investing in Women’s Rights Organizations and Feminist Movements – Equality Fund (then The MATCH Fund) and Nobel Women’s Initiative (July 2018)
- PRESS RELEASE – Longstanding Feminist Organizations Weigh in on a Feminist Canadian Budget – Equality Fund (then The MATCH Fund) and Nobel Women’s Initiative (February 2018)
- REPORT – Shifting the Power: Opportunities for Innovative Partnerships with Women’s Movements – Equality Fund (then The MATCH Fund) and Nobel Women’s Initiative (January 2018)
- BRIEF – Policy Brief: Feminist Approach Requires Feminist Action – Equality Fund (then The MATCH Fund) and Nobel Women’s Initiative (September 2017)
- PRESS RELEASE – Game Changer: Canada’s New Feminist Approach Makes Canada a World Leader – Equality Fund (then The MATCH Fund) and Nobel Women’s Initiative (June 2017)
- REPORT – Strengthening Women’s Rights Organizations Through International Assistance – Equality Fund (then The MATCH Fund) and Nobel Women’s Initiative (March 2017)
Recommended by us
- Three Ways the International Community Can Make Gender Equality Work More Transparent by Sally Paxton & George Ingram, Publish What You Fund (2021)
- BLOG – Where is the Money for Feminist Organizing? New Analysis Finds the Answer is Alarming – Association of Women’s Rights in International Development (AWID) (December 2020)
- REPORT – Moving More Money to the Drivers of Change: How Bilateral and Multilateral Funders Can Resource Feminist Movements – AWID, Mama Cash, and Count Me In! (November 2020)
- REPORT – An Analysis Of Civil Society Organizations’ Experiences with the Women’s Voice And Leadership Program – Women’s Rights Policy Group and Canadian Council for International Co-operation (June 2020)
- REPORT – Vibrant, Yet Under Resourced: The State of Lesbian, Bisexual & Queer Movements – Mama Cash and Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice (2020)
- ESSAY – Why we need a feminist funding ecosystem – The Association of Women’s Rights in International Development (AWID) (July 2018)
- WORKING PAPERS – Feminist Mobilization And Economic Empowerment – Laurel Weldon and her research team at Simon Fraser University (2019)
- ARTICLE – Only 1% of gender equality funding is going to women’s organizations – why? – The Association of Women’s Rights in International Development (AWID) (July 2019)
- REPORT – Donor support to southern women’s rights organisations: OECD findings – OECD DAC Network On Gender Equality (Gendernet) (November 2016)