Founded in 2017 following the 2016 election, Women’s Foundation California started the California Gender Justice Funders Network. In 2023, we galvanized funders and donors to learn, respond, and strategize following the overturning of Roe v Wade to support building reproductive freedom in California and beyond. Quarterly calls included movement leaders and the Office of the Governor in open and honest conversation.
WHAT WE DO
The first collaborative of its kind, the California Gender Justice Funders Network is dedicated to turning up the volume on gender by centering women and gender at the heart of the solution to any systemic problem. Just as California leads the way on progressive political and cultural issues, the California Gender Justice Funders Network advances the national conversation on what gender means and what true gender justice and liberation looks like.
Who We Serve
The California Gender Justice Funders Network is a growing number of funders coordinating their investments to advance gender justice in California. Convened by the Women’s Foundation of California in partnership with Philanthropy California, the Network is composed of a diverse group of veteran funders including Blue Shield of California Foundation, Fondation CHANEL and The California Endowment.
How We Work
We have created a learning community to share research, tools, best practices and policies as well as collaborate and amplify the collective impact of our work. We invest in accelerating the shifts happening in our culture through organizing, building coalitions, and changing the way we “think” and “talk” about gender. The first initiative under the California Gender Justice Funders Network is the Culture Change Fund, dedicated to raising $10 million to address how we understand gender and change how the broader public thinks about issues, from economic security and income inequality to violence against women to maternal health and sexual assault to abortion and contraception, and more.