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Friday, October 19th, 2012

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Friday, October 19th, 2012


Tuesday, October 16th, 2012


Take a look at this comprehensive report recently released by one of our grant partners, Brown Boi Project, highlighting the importance of a “gender transformative learning” model.

The report includes a glimpse into the work they do with masculine-of-center womyn and men of color that emphasizes mental health, self-actualization, and an acknowledgement of the privileges of masculinity. Brown Boi Project’s report draws attention to the importance of the work they are doing and the nuance involved in addressing issues such as these.

“We believe that the same gender transformative learning that can keep boys of color in the classroom, will also reduce the levels of aggression and sexual pressure exerted on girls, and reduce the kind of gender policing that perpetuates violence against LGBT youth of color.” – Toward Healthy And Whole: Rethinking Gender and Transformation for Bois of Color

To read the full report, click here.


Fall 2012 Program Internship Opportunity

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Organizational Overview

Third Wave is a feminist, activist foundation that works nationally to support young women and transgender youth ages 15 to 30. Through strategic grantmaking, movement building, leadership development, and philanthropic advocacy, we support groups and individuals working towards gender, racial, economic, and social justice.

Third Wave is led by an intergenerational board of feminists striving to combat inequalities that we ourselves face as a result of our age, gender, race, sexual orientation, economic status, or level of education. By empowering young women and transgender youth nationwide, Third Wave is building a lasting foundation for gender justice around the country.

*Program Intern Overiew*

Third Wave Foundation is seeking a Program Intern to work part-time (15 – 20 hrs/week) for the Fall 2012 semester for school credit or work-study hours and a monthly unlimited metrocard.  Working in the Program Department, the intern will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with our programming team.  Ideal candidates have an interest in developing a birds-eye view of the racial and gender justice organizing landscape and learning more about feminist organizations, non-profits, and foundations. 

The Program Internship will focus on Third Wave’s grantmaking and capacity building.  Interns will also have the opportunity to learn more about Third Wave’s overall work and how funding decisions are made, participate in staff meetings, and attend relevant events.

The internship will involve:

  • Planning grantee trainings and convening
  • Support grantee evaluation
  • Research and writing on philanthropic & movement building trends
  • Database entry and other administrative tasks

Individuals applying for this internship should have demonstrated:

  • An ability to plan and prioritize tasks to meet multiple deadlines
  • Web, database and library research and writing skills
  • Familiarity with Excel and/or other databases
  • Interest in organizing by youth and/or communities of color
  • Knowledge of gender justice issues
  • Detail-oriented and great organizational skills
  • Team player
  • Sense of humor a plus

Please email your resume and a cover letter to Terry Ferreira at with the following subject heading: PROGRAM INTERN APPLICATION – YOUR NAME. In your application, include your potential start date and days for which you would be available.


Thank you for your interest in supporting Third Wave’s work!


Take a Look at Third Wave’s 2011 Docket!

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Check out the profiles of our 20 current Gender Justice grant partners, Third Wave’s grantmaking profile, grant partner strategies, and a spotlight on CAVP’s Branching Seedz in our 2011 docket report!

At the end of 2011, Third Wave Foundation’s community of donors supported 20 youth-led feminist organizations engaging nearly 30,000 individuals around the country. Thanks to your generosity, our grant partners have the crucial funds and technical support they need to fight for reproductive justice, create a world free from violence and build empowered leaders in their communities.

This docket represents a milestone for Third Wave as we launch our new gender justice framework and re-emerge as a movement building funder, supporting work across multiple issues. Through this framework Third Wave funds youth-led organizations at the crossroads of sexism, homophobia and transphobia, developing leaders for a strong gender justice movement that also works for racial and economic justice.

Download it:  Grant Docket 2011.

Listening Tour NYC 7/25

Monday, July 16th, 2012


Join Third Wave Foundation and our hosts,
Katherine Acey + Sara Gould
Eat, Drink and Dream
the 2012 Listening Tour in New York City

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Address and Directions to be provided with RSVP

For more information or to RSVP contact,
Kim Ford
212.228.8311 x14

Third Wave is going to key cities across the country to hear from community members how we can better support the future of feminist leadership, deepen our impact and raise support for young social justice activists.

We are a feminist, activist foundation that works nationally to support young women and transgender youth ages 15 to 30. Through strategic grantmaking, leadership development, and philanthropic advocacy, we support groups and individuals working towards gender, racial, economic, and social justice.


Third Wave Survey

Monday, July 9th, 2012

In an effort to better connect with our donors and supporters all over, we have compiled a questionnaire that we hope will allow us to gauge our progress and where we need to go in the future. We invite everyone who has an interest in Third Wave to partake in this quick survey. Thanks for your time!

Third Wave Survey

June 22, 2012 / “The Invisible War” Film Screening

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012









Join Third Wave Foundation, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, SparkNYC and Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) for a screening event for The Invisible War.

THIS FRIDAY, June 22, 2012

Pre-Screening Happy Hour: Blue Owl  – 196 2nd Ave. / 6:00-7:30p

Film Screening: AMC Village 7 – 66 3rd Ave. / 8:00-9:45p

Debrief Discussion: Luzzo’s Restaurant – 211 1st Ave. / 10:00-11:00pm

The Invisible War is a groundbreaking investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. The film paints a startling picture of the extent of the problem today, a female soldier in combat zones is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. The Invisible War exposes the epidemic, breaking open one of the most under-reported stories of our generation.

To join us for this film screening and discussion, please email


Third Wave Foundation’s Executive Director Mia Herndon Steps Down

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Mia Hernton, Executive Director, Third Wave FoundationAfter more than a decade of extraordinary leadership, commitment, and service, Mia Herndon will step down as the Third Wave Foundation’s Executive Director at the end of the summer.

Under Mia’s direction, Third Wave has driven the philanthropic community in funding reproductive justice and work led by youth of color as a powerful tool for social change. She has overseen the creation of the Reproductive Health and Justice Initiative, ushered in a technical assistance and movement building program for grant partners, launched a national network of youth-led and -focused groups and, most recently, shepherded a new initiative to advance a gender justice framework within philanthropy and social movements.

From its founding 15 years ago, Third Wave today remains the only national feminist fund dedicated to supporting the social justice work of young women and transgender youth. Since 1996, more than 180 grantee partner organizations and individuals have successfully changed critical policies at local and state levels, shifting the terms of national debates on issues like reproductive rights, education, and health. In Mia’s four years as Executive Director, Third Wave supported 35 organizations through technical assistance, national convenings, and more than $1.4 million in grants; more than doubling funding for the field, despite the economic crisis and lasting recession.

“We will miss Mia’s incredible vision, grace and tremendous generosity as a leader,” said Mia Kim Sullivan, board co-chair. “As we celebrate our 15th anniversary, we honor the sustained impact of groups Mia has nurtured over a decade at Third Wave, first as Outreach Coordinator, Program Officer and Director, and then as the Foundation’s Executive Director.” For many of these groups, Third Wave was the first and lead funder whose support opened critical paths to new philanthropic resources. “Working with Mia was a definitive moment for me and so many of us in this movement,” said Paris Hatcher, Executive Director of SPARK Reproductive Justice Now. “She represents what reproductive justice means – the politics and the heart, and it is a fierce heart. She took risks on our work, leadership, and bringing us together. She is simply golden.”

Mia’s leadership in the field has extended the reach of Third Wave. She served on numerous boards, including: Women’s Funding Network; Funders Network for Population, Reproductive Health and Rights; and Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing. She shared the importance of supporting feminist youth work in low-income communities and communities of color through trainings and national conferences, including Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, National Council for Research on Women and the Women Donors Network, and as an Affiliate Scholar and Practitioner of the Women of Color Policy Network. Mia is a Progressive Women’s Voices fellow and She Source expert, and has been featured on television ranging from Grit TV, CNN, CSPAN, and an upcoming spot on “MAKERS: Women Who Make America.” In 2011, Mia was named a “Power Woman of the Year” by NY Moves Magazine.

This executive director transition has been planned for more than two years. In the year ahead, the Foundation’s board will embark on an ambitious campaign to secure continued support for effective youth-led, multi-issue and multi-strategy work. “The transformative struggle for justice, equity and sustained joy in our world requires the innovation and leadership of Third Wave grant partners,” Mia said. “The threats posed by the economic downturn, the Right and our movements’ own challenges in taking the lead from the most impacted and standing up for each other’s dignity is too great to defeat without their voice.”

The disproportionate toll levied on our communities by recent economic hardship comes at a time when Third Wave, like other publicly supported foundations across the country, is facing one of the most challenging fundraising environments of the past 40 years. Over the past year the board made the prudent decision to streamline staff and programming, reducing yet maintaining financial reserves. Despite these challenges, Third Wave will pursue its grantmaking and continue to champion young people’s leadership and organizing as critical sites for innovation, building power, and working across divisions to build a road map to freedom.

Over the next several months, the Foundation’s board will partner with current staff, founders, and community stakeholders to ensure programmatic activities are maintained during the transition, and to plan for the long-term stability and sustainability of Third Wave. An interim director will be engaged to work with staff while the Board conducts a national search for a new Executive Director.

Brown Boi Project Awarded 2012 Black Male Achievement Fellowship!

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

We recently celebrated that Cole, of Brown Boi Project (a Third Wave grant partner), was one of the 16 finalists for the inaugural class of Black Male Achievement Fellows.  We are thrilled to announce that Cole made it all the way, and was awarded the BMA fellowship!!

The fellowship is part of a joint initiative by Echoing Green and Open Society Foundations (OSF) to support “visionary leaders who are generating new ideas for black male achievement in the areas such as fatherhood, mentoring, college preparatory programs, community-building, supportive wage work opportunities, communications, and philanthropic leadership”(Echoing Green).

Cole should be proud of this high-profile achievement! Her work to empower and train “masculine-of-center” young people, and to shape a radical new vision of non-oppressive masculinity certainly deserves this support.

To read Cole’s fellowship profile, click here.