Who we are:
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.
Launched in 2019 by Foundation for a Just Society, Open Society Foundations, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and in conversation with Prospera, the collaborative seeks to amplify the role of feminist philanthropy to advance gender justice around the world. The four foundations committed $20 million in flexible funding.
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.