Dear Friends of Third Wave,
Over 15 years ago Third Wave Foundation was created with a bold and simple vision: to invest in current and future feminist leaders. We aimed to help young activists make progressive change while bridging the gaps among philanthropy, youth organizing, feminism and racial justice. Through our work in grantmaking, technical assistance, convenings, leadership development, and public education we have done just that. Third Wave has put at the center of our work young people who are most impacted by inequity as the architects of community and systemic change. We have prioritized work at the intersections of gender, race and class justice, and invested in the leadership of young women, transgender youth, and gender nonconforming youth.
As we look toward the next fifteen years and beyond we have closely considered our opportunities, changes, and challenges, determining that the time is right for Third Wave to transition into a new model. The board has decided to close the foundation in its current form and transfer remaining assets to a new entity. The board is currently seeking partnerships, which will enable us to carry on the mission and work of Third Wave and honor the legacy and vision of the organization and its founders. Third Wave’s new model will explicitly create a role for new feminist youth leaders and will enable us to determine how Third Wave can best meet the evolving needs in the field.
These decisions emerged from extensive meetings among board members, Third Wave’s founders, current and former staff, institutional and individual donors, and other critical stakeholders. The outcome of those meetings was the resounding affirmation that the work and vision of Third Wave continues to fill a need in the philanthropic, non-profit, and activist worlds, given its unique and important role in supporting young feminists across the country, particularly young women of color and transgender youth.
While pursing a new partnership for our work, Third Wave is committed to supporting the next wave of feminists. We will fulfill our programmatic undertakings for 2013, and a committee of our board will convene a diverse group of our grantee partners and other young feminist leaders to identify the roles Third Wave might play in the next waves of feminist activism. Moving our financial assets to a partner institution will enable us to continue supporting communities of young people while engaging in a thorough process to determine the future work of Third Wave. We have an RFP (Request for Proposal)
circulating, and plan to complete the transition by the end of the year.
We hope you will continue to be a part of Third Wave. Together we have impacted the lives of many individuals and organizations, and we look forward to working with you to continue to strengthen and lift up the feminist youth leaders across the country. Thank you for your generosity, love, commitment, and investment over these past 15 years.
Third Wave Board of Directors