A UCONN study of All Our Kin’s Tool Kit Licensing Program found that nearly 60% of participants reported earning at least $5,000 more the first year after becoming licensed. The same study also found that every $1 spent on the licensing program returned approximately $15 -$20 to society in gross regional product13.
The New Haven Mental Health Outreach for Mothers Partnership, or MOMS, is another innovative example of gender-specific programming. In a pioneering partnership with Stop & Shop, MOMS makes mental health services more accessible to women by putting “hubs” in grocery stores.The "hubs" provide a confidential setting where women receive connections to mental health, basic needs, job skills and other services aimed at reducing the causes of stress in women's lives.
Gender Equity is Good for Business
Just as philanthropy is seeing a multiplier effect - a net gain that is far in excess of the original investment -from investing in women and girls, companies that take gender equity seriously have been found to run better, be more responsive to the market, and increase profits.
Companies with three or more women on their boards have been found to have substantially higher financial returns than companies with no women board members. In addition, companies with high levels of gender inclusiveness have been found to have better organizational outcomes14
An opportunity also exists for investors. The difference between the amount of credit needed by women entrepreneurs starting or expanding businesses and amount of credit available to them is estimated to be more than $300 billion. Closing this collective credit gap requires an examination of implicit bias and low numbers of women in banks, venture capital, and hedge funds15
The Community Fund for Women & Girls, a component fund of The Community Foundation, invests in gender specific programming that is designed to address the particular needs and challenges facing women.
Its grant making prioritizes programs that promote economic advancement and equity. Of particular interest are those organizations that include wrap-around services, either directly or in collaboration with organizations that address the unique needs/barriers due to gender that inhibit the potential for participants to succeed.
In 2015, the fund made a strategic decision to award a signature grant, a larger multi-year investment to deepen impact. All Our Kin was the first signature grant recipient.
Recent Grantees Include:
Architecture Resource Center – support for the Design Technology Camp (DTC), a four-week program that will offer architecture, design, STEM and leadership activities to disadvantaged girls and young women
Believe in Me Empowerment Corp. - to support the implementation of a gender responsive expressive healing program for a minimum of 48 women in recovery which will serve as an outlet to express thoughts and feelings that result from past traumas
Boys & Girls Club of New Haven - to support ASCEND, a college readiness and career awareness project targeting up to 25 girl club members, ages 9-17, and to support Emerging Young Leaders, a mentorship program for girls
Bridges - To support effective case management and educational services for young, pregnant women and their partners through the delivery of information on the physical, biological, social, emotional and financial impacts of pregnancy on young women. The program will include childbirth classess and education on the prevention of unplanned pregnancies.
Christian Community Action - support for the advocacy efforts of Mothers for Justice, a coalition of New Haven women, at the state and federal levels to change the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program so that more families are able to become self-sufficient.
Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence -to support the Trafficking in Persons Council's replication study which seeks to develop sustainable anti-trafficking efforts with input of those working on the ground.
Connecticut Women's Consortium - to support the training of 25 staff of community, behavioral health, and educational organizations to implement Girls Circles, a gender-specific, evidence-based, support group for girls ages 9-18 that fosters growth and development and is designed to build self-esteem, promote resiliency, empowerment, identity, and healthy relationships.
Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund - to support the continuation and enhancement of the Bilingual Community Advocacy project and Advocacy Fellowship program in the Greater New Haven area, particularly to 170-200 under-served Latina populations
Engineering Science University Magnet School - to support a STEM Saturdays program for 4th and 5th grade girls in New Haven public schools, led by ESUMS female students and designed to provide girls with the opportunity to discover science, technology, engineering and math through interdisciplinary projects
Girl Scouts of Connecticut – to increase participation of low income girls by providing transportation and removing other barriers
Higher Heights Youth Empowerment Programs, Inc - to support the HIGHER Women mentoring program’s financial literacy programming for 15- 20 high school girls and their mothers
– to support the enhancement and deepening of the "Learning to Code" computer class and "Making a Splash" swim lessons programs as a means of increasing over 300 girls' self-confidence, self-esteem, and academic abilities within a supportive, girls-only environment
Literacy Center of Milford – to support the Adult Women’s ESL program and Mother’s Advanced Class, serving immigrant women
New Reach - to support the integration of Gender Responsive Trauma Informed Care (GRTIC) into New Reach's shelter programs so that its shelters and shelter services reflect an in depth understanding of the realities of the lives of the women (and their dependent children) under New Reach's care
New Haven Farms - to support the Women's Community Health Ambassador (CHA) program in training 6 women graduates of the New Haven Farms Farm-based Wellness Program, providing summer work positions, and cultivating a network of women in the Fair Haven community who are building a culture of advocacy around their health and wellness goals
Planned Parenthood of Southern New England - support to address rates of teen pregnancy
St. Martin De Porres Academy - to support a newly established co-curricular program which centers on developing leadership skills and self-confidence in St. Martin de Porres' female students
Spanish Community of Wallingford - to support the hiring of 3 Hispanic teenage girls to assist in the planning and execution of two youth leadership and one STEM program with a total of 80 participants.
Women’s Business Development Council- to support entrepreneurial training for women
Women and Family Life Center - to support the provision of small workshops and one-on-one financial consultations to approximately 80 low-to-moderate-income women to empower them with the tools to achieve financial stability/sustainability.
8. ibid: 41.
9. ibid: 50.
10. Atienza, Josefina et al. Accelerating Change for Women and Girls: The Role of Women’s Funds
. A report by the Foundation Center and the Women’s Funding Network, 2009: 1.