New York Women’s Foundation

Improving the social standing of women in the city

Grantee Cohort Fall 2018

Location New York City

The New York Women’s Foundation (NYWF) was founded in 1987 to improve the social standing of women in the city. During its 31 years in operation, the Foundation has invested a total of $66 million to build a vibrant network of 350 women-led organizations across the five boroughs, and has positively affected the lives of 6 million women and girls in the city. NYWF is the largest women’s grantmaking foundation in the United States.

Through an Art for Justice Activating Art and Advocacy grant, NYWF will continue its partnership with STEPS to End Family Violence and artist Troy Lambert to expand engagement with system-impacted women in community conversations to envision a “Healing New York City.” Lambert will then portray their vision in a series of posters that NYWF and STEPS will present to the Mayor’s Office for Criminal Justice and other key stakeholders. These posters and the ideas they represent will provide a framework for creating a more just New York City.

A previous Art for Justice grant supported NYWF’s Justice Fund, a seven-year initiative launched in the fall of 2018. Through the Justice Fund, the Foundation brings its expertise in identifying and investing in successful community-based solutions to address issues surrounding the #CloseRikers campaign. The Justice Fund will also work to dismantle mass incarceration and its effects on women and girls by supporting organizations that promote justice, safety, and well-being in affected communities.