Utilizing the strengths of our vision and design, Third Wave has given close to $2 million to over 1,000 individuals through scholarships and over 100 young women and transgender youth-led organizations, often as the first national funder. In 2009 we awarded grants to 23 organizations, to equal over $500,000. (Read more about our current grant partners.)
At our founding in the early 1990’s, less than six percent of all philanthropic dollars were directed to programs serving women and girls. Recognizing that even fewer dollars were making it to the innovative programs that are led by third wave feminists, Third Wave was created to address the need to have a fund for young feminist activists. Our founders believed, as we believe today, that financial support must be given to those young leaders, so that they can achieve their goals in creating change in their lives and the lives of others. By providing grants and other types of support, we make these visions a reality.