A feminist funder collaborative – Fenomenal Funds is a feminist funder collaborative which aims to strengthen the resilience of women’s funds, with a focus on members of the Prospera International Network of Women’s Funds (INWF).
Our innovative model brings together four private foundations, four women’s funds, and the Prospera Secretariat to the table, with equal voice and power in decision-making on strategy and determining the distribution of resources to women’s funds.
Women’s funds are feminist funding institutions that support the transformative work of feminist movements worldwide.
Women’s funds have a long track record of knowing where and how to support organizations working to achieve gender justice in their communities, countries, and regions. Today, they are reaching women’s rights movements in some of the most challenging contexts and are at the leading edge of the most pressing human rights issues.
million USD in grants to women’s funds
Women’s Funds collaborations
Increase in women’s funds resilience
In February, Fenomenal Funds kicked off Collaboration Labs, spaces curated to support women’s funds to come together, connect with each other, and decide what issue or topic to work on together over the next 12 — 18 months. The Collaboration Lab process was designed by our Advisory Committee that guides the Fenomenal Funds participatory grantmaking.
Follow the story of how women's funds decided to use the Resilience Grants and how our model supported their resilience by letting women's funds have equal voice to private foundations.
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This five-year initiative is guided by a strategy focused on four interrelated outcomes:
Women’s funds have the resources, systems, and practices to respond to the needs of gender justice movements.
Women’s funds deepen connection and collaboration to co-create strategies that will sustain a resilient feminist funding ecosystem.
Women’s funds use their collective voice to influence the agenda and flow of resources to gender justice movements.
We will leverage our model to influence philanthropy to shift power and resources to gender justice movements.