Our Approach

Building Our Future by Investing in Girls, Young Women and TGNCNB Youth of Color.

The New York Women’s Foundation is dedicated to supporting girls and young women of color as leaders now and in the future by breaking cycles of poverty, abuse, and disinvestment. Launched by The New York Women’s Foundation in 2015, The New York City Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color supports organizations working to address the root causes of gender and racial inequity for girls and young women of color and invests in youth-led solutions to intersectional issues such as: TGNCNB rights, education access, criminal justice reform and immigration justice.

The New York Women’s Foundation is joined by funding partners: Andrus Family Fund,, Cricket Island Foundation, Ford Foundation, Foundation for a Just Society, Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, The Harnisch Foundation, Ms. Foundation for Women, New York Foundation, The New York Community Trust,, The New York Women’s Foundation, North Star Fund, NoVo Foundation, Pinkerton Foundation, Scherman Foundation, Schott Foundation, Stonewall Community Foundation, Surdna Foundation and Third Wave Fund.

Leveraging investments and increasing impact.

The NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color builds on The New York Women’s Foundation’s collaborative funds approach to leveraging investment and increasing impact. The Foundation houses three funding collaboratives: The New York City Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color, The Fund for the Me Too Movement and Allies and The Justice Fund. With more than three decades of experience investing in community-led organizations working at the intersection of economic, gender and racial justice, we bring a unique perspective that cannot be found anywhere else. This includes our ground-up approach of funding solutions by women for their communities and engaging community in decision making through grantmaking and other participatory processes.

Building the future with young women and TGNCNB youth of color.

The NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color is positioned to not just support front-line organizations that protect and defend young women and TGNCNB youth of color and their communities, it is also helping to plant seeds for advancing racial and gender equity as one dynamic interconnected force on the ground and within philanthropy. As manager and lead partner of The Fund, The Foundation stands at the center of this collaborative philanthropic partnership to:

  • Increase investments for girls, young women, gender non-binary youth of color in NYC.
  • Influence philanthropic practices to center those most marginalized.
  • Grow and sustain organizations with leadership pipelines focused on young women of color as agents of change.
  • Advance life outcomes of girls and young women for current and successive generations through structural change efforts while addressing individual immediate harms and historical trauma.

“So many new victories this year were achieved with the support of the NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color! Our most significant achievements include building more active partnerships with alternative-to-incarceration programs and non-secure placement homes as well as building more pipelines to social justice movement leadership (rather than prison) by linking girls from our site-based program to our paid peer leadership program.”

Wakumi Douglas, Co-Founder/Executive Director & Jamy Drapeza, NYC Program Manager, SOUL Sisters Leadership Collective