We fund programs that create social change for women and girls. These are initiatives that address the underlying factors contributing to the challenges faced by girls and women.
Social change is a systematic approach seeking to alter cultural or social patterns, often of an entire community. Social change for women and girls seeks to address the inequity and disparity within our community that works against women’s empowerment, self-determination, economic, and gender equity.
For example, we approach an issue such as the elimination of domestic violence in the community from a place of prevention, rather than fund direct services meeting the needs of victims who have already suffered abuse.
When reviewing full proposal applications from potential grantees, the Foundation also utilizes a “Shifts of Social Change” guideline, included in the RFP, to help define the potential grantees’ social impact in our community and beyond.