A NOTE From OUTGOING DIRECTOR, Rye young
This has been a year of extremes. Extreme political and environmental challenges and historic levels of organizing and movement building. Third Wave is rising to this moment, giving out a record amount of grant funding to support the grassroots movements that are taking a stand, day in and day out.
During my five years as Executive Director of Third Wave Fund, we’ve launched grantmaking programs that speak to the most important and under-resourced needs of movements: rapid response and long-term funding. We have made rapid grants increasingly accessible by not requiring a 501(c)(3), taking proposals over the phone, and providing Spanish language interpretation. And our multi-year grants provide six years of funding for groups doing powerful movement work, with little access to philanthropy. Taking these steps prepares Third Wave to better fund grassroots movements through the challenges and opportunities of this historical moment.
I am proud of the work that the Third Wave community has done together during my tenure as director, but I’m also proud to be stepping down. My dream, since I first entered this role, of passing on a thriving organization to bold new leadership has come true. Change is good for Third Wave. Change is how we keep up with constantly evolving movements.
As we welcome in our new Co-Directors, Ana Conner and Kiyomi Fujikawa, my hope is that this community celebrates them with acts of support like those you have shown me over the years. You fundraised, talked up our work, made connections, donated, and shared your many skills with us. What matters most to me is that you remain a part of the Third Wave community so that no matter what the larger philanthropic sector does with its money, we will sustain the work we believe in, together.
Sincerely, Rye Young, Outgoing Executive Director
As the new Co-Directors (or “co-cos” if you want to be cute about it), we are so excited to be making our debut to the Third Wave family! We’re just starting down a long, winding road that has been paved with the powerful groundwork laid by so many of you reading this letter! So, thank you, thank you, thank you! And in particular, thank you Rye, Joy, Nicole, Monica, mai, and Maryse for all of your hard and inspiring work!
Third Wave Fund has always made sure to support movements in the ways they need it most. Following Third Wave’s legacy, the two of us are so thrilled to continue to move even more resources to the places where critical youth-led gender justice changemaking is happening.
The two of us met through our work at Borealis Philanthropy and we bonded over our shared histories in community organizing, our commitment to youth leadership development, our love of data and systems, and our many game nights. We have been in the Third Wave fanclub for some time—partnering on rapid response grants, workshops, fundraisers (and fund-ragers). We made the decision to take on this role together because we saw in each other a commitment to young women of color, intersex, queer and trans people sparking visionary change at all levels of our movements. Even when philanthropy isn’t built for us, we need to be lockpickers on gatekeeping whereever it exists.
We know that movements are strongest when they are collaborative, leaderFULL, and when they center the experts who understand the issues at their core. The same goes for philanthropy. We both came to philanthropy through years of community organizing and leadership development. So as the new co-cos, we’re taking a page from our political organizing homes, and modeling our leadership practices on the things we’ve learned from movements along the way. Luckily, this is the organization and community to do just that. And we’re so grateful and pumped to join you here at Third Wave!
Ana Conner & Kiyomi Fujikawa, The Co-Co's
This year through the Mobilize Power Fund, we've awarded $274,500 through 48 grants, a 44% increase from 2017.
The Mobilize Power Fund is a rapid response fund that supports the leadership of young women, trans, intersex, non-binary, and gender non-conforming youth of color under 35 in social justice movements.
We believe powerful movements need the ability to respond to and heal from immediate threats with flexible and responsive funding opportunities.
This year through the Own Our Power Fund, we've awarded $120,000 through 6 grants, a 26% increase from 2017.
The Own Our Power Fund makes one and two-year capacity-building grants of up to $25,000 for projects that seek to increase the agency communities have over their organizations by supporting leadership, sustainability, and self-representation.
The fund supports communities most impacted to lead the work, aiding in developing sustainable revenue models and fundraising strategies, and harnessing the power of self-representation through community-led research, storytelling or communications.
Own Our Power Fund was made possible by DataCenter, an institution which advanced research justice for 38 years. DataCenter dissolved in 2016 and chose Third Wave Fund to continue the legacy of their work.
We are currently in our 2nd year of our inaugural Grow Power Fund grantee cohort and have awarded $280,000 to 8 grantees.
The Grow Power Fund is a long-term investment in emerging organizations led by young women of color; trans, gender non-conforming, queer, and intersex youth; and low-income communities.
The fund offers each grantee holistic support by providing a multi-year (6 year) grant inclusive of general operating funds, capacity-building funds, and funds for organizational development coaching.
Sex Worker Giving Circle
In our inaugural year, we made 11 grants to sex worker-led organizations and groups across the country, totaling $200,000.
In its first year, the Sex Worker Giving Circle (SWGC) made eleven grants to sex worker-led organizations across the country, for a total of $200,000.
The SWGC is the first sex worker-led fund housed at a U.S. foundation. Over twenty years of funding sex worker organizing has taught us that sex workers are best positioned to transform the oppressive conditions that affect their own lives, so we created the SWGC as a space to bring their voices and leadership into philanthropy.
The SWGC’s first cohort was a cross-class, multi-racial, intergenerational giving circle made up of 10 Fellows with current or past experience in the sex trade. They worked together to raise funds, develop our application process, make grant decisions, and engage in ongoing advocacy to increase resources for sex worker-led organizing.
API Equality Northern California - San Francisco, CA | Mobilize Power Fund, August 2018, $7,000
Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project - Oakland, CA (also in Chicago, IL, Washington D.C. and Detroit, MI) | Mobilize Power Fund, February 2018, $5,000
The Bridge Called Our Health - Long Beach, CA | Mobilize Power Fund, August 2018, $5,000
Brown Girl Woke - Modesto, CA | Mobilize Power Fund, $5,000 - March 2018, $5,000
Coalition For the Rights and Safety of People in the Sex Trade - Seattle, WA | Mobilize Power Fund, January 2018, $7,500
Coalition To Stop Violence Against Native Women - Albuquerque, NM | Own Our Power Fund - 2017 (multi-year)
HEART Women and Girls - Los Angeles, CA (also in Chicago, IL and New York , NY) | Grow Power Fund, 2017 (multi-year)
Immigrant Youth Coalition - Los Angeles, CA | Grow Power Fund, 2016 (multi-year)
Kupuna Council - Hanalei, HI | Mobilize Power Fund, July 2018, $7,500
The Outlaw Project - Phoenix, AZ | Sex Worker Giving Circle, November 2018
Trans Queer Pueblo - Phoenix, AZ | Grow Power Fund, 2016 (multi-year)
Transwoman Empowerment Initiative - Albuquerque, NM | Mobilize Power Fund, January 2018, $5,000
Utopia Seattle - Seattle, WA | Sex Worker Giving Circle, November 2018
Vigilant Love - Los Angeles, CA | Mobilize Power Fund, June 2018, $5,000
400+1 - Austin, TX | Mobilize Power Fund, October 2018
Alimentación Segura Infantil - Dorado, Puerto Rico | Mobilize Power Fund, June 2018, $7,000
Birthmark Doula Collective - New Orleans, LA | Mobilize Power Fund, April 2018, $5,000
Chocolate Soul Revival - Carrboro, NC | Mobilize Power Fund, March 2018, $7,500
Dream Action Oklahoma - Oklahoma City, OK | Mobilize Power Fund, September 2018
House of GG's - Little Rock, AR | Mobilize Power Fund, August 2018
The Icarus Project - (also in Chicago) | Own Our Power Fund (multi-year)
Momma's Village - Fayetteville, NC | Mobilize Power Fund, October 2018
Reproductive Justice Action Coalition - New Orleans, LA | Mobilize Power Fund, January 2018
Semillas Healing Project - Puerto Rico | Mobilize Power Fund, February 2018, $5,000
Spring Up - Miami Gardens, FL | Mobilize Power Fund, June 2018, $7,500
S.O.U.L. Sisters Leadership Collective - Miami, FL | Own Our Power Fund (multi-year)
TAKE Resource Center - Birmingham, AL | Own Our Power Fund (multi-year)
Urban Survivors Union - Greensboro, NC | Sex Worker Giving Circle, November 2018
Virginia Student Environmental Coalition - Roanoke, VA | Mobilize Power Fund, July 2018, $7,500
Waves Ahead - Old San Juan, Puerto Rico | Mobilize Power Fund, June 2018, $7,500
We Care TN - Memphis, TN | Sex Worker Giving Circle, November 2018
West Fund - El Paso, TX | Grow Power Fund (multi-year)
Women With A Vision - New Orleans, LA | Sex Worker Giving Circle, November 2018
Youth Organizing Institute - Raleigh, NC | Grow Power Fund (multi-year)
Asian American Organizing Project - Minneapolis, MN | Grow Power Fund (multi-year)
Assata's Daughters - Chicago, IL | Grow Power Fund (multi-year)
Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project - Detroit, MI (also in Oakland, CA and Washington, D.C.) | Mobilize Power Fund, February 2018
HEART Women & Girls - Chicago, IL (also in Los Angeles, CA and New York City, NY) | Grow Power Fund (multi-year)
The Icarus Project - Chicago, IL (also in other cities) | Own Our Power Fund (multi-year)
InterAction Interactive, Inc - Mishawaka, IN | Mobilize Power Fund, September 2018
Iowa Coalition for Collective Change - Des Moines, IA | Mobilize Power Fund, March 2018, $7,500
#NoCopAcademy - Chicago, IL | Mobilize Power Fund, February 2018, $5,000
Our Spot KC - Kansas City, KS | Mobilize Power Fund, May 2018, $6,000
Siwatu Freedom Coalition - Detroit, MI | Mobilize Power Fund, April 2018, $12,500
Street Youth Rise Up - Chicago, IL | Sex Worker Giving Circle, November 2018
Support Ho(s)e - Chicago, IL | Sex Worker Giving Circle, November 2018
Alliance to Mobilize Our Resources (AMOR) - Providence, RI | Mobilize Power Fund, January 2018
Asian American Resource Workshop + National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance - Dorchester, MA | Mobilize Power Fund, August 2018, $7,500
Black Love Resists in the Rust - Buffalo, NY | Mobilize Power Fund, October 2018
Black Sex Workers Collective - Brooklyn, NY | Mobilize Power Fund, September 2018, $7,500
Black Women 4 Breastfeeding Awareness & Empowerment - Philadelphia, PA | Mobilize Power Fund, July 2018, $2,500
Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project - Washington, D.C. | Mobilize Power Fund, February 2018
Building Power Coalition - Washington, D.C. | Mobilize Power Fund, September 2018
Colectivo Intercultural TRANSgrediendo - Queens, NY | Mobilize Power Fund, September 2018
Collective Action for Safe Spaces - Washington, D.C. | Mobilize Power Fund, May 2018, $5,000 and Sex Worker Giving Circle, November 2018, $20,000
Girls Justice League - Philadelphia, PA | Own Our Power Fund (multi-year)
GLITS - New York, NY | Sex Worker Giving Circle, November 2018
HEART Women & Girls - New York City, NY (also in Chicago, IL and Los Angeles, CA) | Grow Power Fund (multi-year)
Jahajee Sisters - Queens, NY | Mobilize Power Fund, February 2018, $5,000
Juntos - Philadelphia, PA | Mobilize Power Fund, February 2018, $5,000
Movement for Justice in El Barrio - East Harlem, NY | Mobilize Power Fund, July 2018, $5,000
No Justice No Pride - Washington, D.C. | Mobilize Power Fund, January 2018
Sista Fire - Providence, RI | Mobilize Power Fund, August 2018
Support Ho(s)e - Brooklyn, NY | Sex Worker Giving Circle, November 2018
TransLatina Network - New York, NY | Mobilize Power Fund, May 2018, $5,000
Trans Women of Color Collective - Washington D.C. | Sex Worker Giving Circle, November 2018
The WomanHOOD Project - Bronx, NY | Own Our Power Fund (multi-year)
Womanist Working Collective - Philadelphia, PA | Mobilize Power Fund, August 2018
Philadelphia, PA | Mobilize Power Fund, February
Juntos is an immigrant rights organization focused on decriminalization through youth leadership development and building solidarity across Black, Latinx, and LGBTQ communities. Their main focus is the leadership development of both Latinx immigrant youth and elders to be agents of change in their community.
Exploring how schools can be sites of resistance, Juntos built out their Community Resistance Zones for youth, a multi-layered project for base building and training community members to resist against police, school officers, and ICE abuse thru Know Your Rights trainings.
"With our funding from Third Wave, we were able to host a long weekend leadership retreat for our youth where we led various workshops on the criminalization of marginalized communities, in particular Black, Brown and LGBTQ youth, spent time teaching [youth] rights on school police, police in general, and ICE, how to teach their peers and plan to lead trainings in their own schools this year." - Erika Hernandez, Executive Director, Juntos
El Paso, TX | Grow Power Fund
West Fund is an abortion fund and reproductive justice organization co-founded by a group of six mostly queer and trans Latinx folks. The organization provides partial financial support for English & Spanish-speaking individuals from the West Texas and Northern Mexico region surrounding El Paso and Ciudad Juarez who are having medication or surgical abortion procedures.
In addition to funding abortions, West Fund has been focusing on abortion storytelling programming, sex ed policy organizing, and leadership development thru an internship program, with the goal of eliminating the stigma around abortion, encouraging individuals to feel empowered by their decision, and opposing any restrictions or access to abortion on a local & national level.
"Through volunteers, partners, and interns, we are working to expand our community’s understanding of reproductive justice. To truly serve our community, we know we need to dig deeper with people who’ve had abortions to find out more about their experience, their experience with us, and what other things were impacting their life at the time so we can be a better resource." - West Fund Staff
Chicago, IL | Mobilize Power Fund, February
#NoCopAcademy is a youth-led, adult-supported campaign in Chicago to stop the construction of a $95 million dollar police academy in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. Prioritizing and centering the leadership of young Black women & femmes of Assata’s Daughters, the #NoCopAcademy campaign utilized a mass canvassing strategy of residents about the proposed cop academy, led several teach-ins across Chicago on why the police academy should not be built, and organized several actions inside City Hall, garnering both local and national media attention and earning the support of Chance the Rapper and several mayoral and aldermanic candidates.
Since receiving funding from Third Wave, #NoCopAcademy youth leaders have completed their canvassing; have organized a Westside Town Hall with at least 200 residents present, featuring performances and testimonies from young people who have experienced police violence and a presentation of the survey results for how to invest $95 million in West Garfield Park; and went from 50 to 86+ endorsing organizations. The fight continues!
"Thanks to Third Wave funding we were able to complete the mass survey of 500+ residents of West Garfield Park, in the midst of a Chicago Winter. While some of the timeline of our campaign shifted from what we were expecting in February, we were able to accomplish much of what we had set out to and more." - No Cop Academy organizer
The Icarus Project
National | Own Our Power Fund
The Icarus Project keeps healing justice and interdependence at its core as it envisions its own future as a peer support organization existing outside of mainstream institutions.
Three years ago, Icarus Project began a decolonization process to center the leadership, experiences, and power of those most marginalized by mental health systems: disabled, mad, and chronically ill trans, queer, immigrant, and low-income youth, women, and people of color.
In their final phase, Icarus is utilizing our support to invest in leadership training and coaching for its all trans and queer people of color staff, and will undergo a strategic communications and re-branding process to move away from a name and logo rooted in European mythology.
“With the [Own Our Power Fund] grant, we were able to grow our infrastructure and capacity, while thinking through the impact of a logo change along with the transformation of the organization. We want the people who are engaging with The Icarus Project to feel like they are part of us.” - Icarus Project Staff
In March we launched a new blogging platform on our website as a space to feature guest writers connected to our work. Through guest posts and interviews, we invite our community members to share their perspectives on the impact of Third Wave's funding the movements for gender & reproductive justice. Since then, we've had over 10,000 people reading our blogs and countless shares!
Thank you to our sustaining monthly donors:
Anonymous (14) - Aapta Garg - Abbey Marr - Adair Iacono - Adam Martin - Aden Hakimi - Adjoa Tetteh - Aida Manduley - Aimee Castenell - Alex Haber - Alex Natale - Alexandra DelValle - Alexandra Sterman - Alexandra Teixeira - Alexis Flower - Alfonso Wenker - Alicia Jay - Allison Chapin - Ana Conner - Andrea Flynn - Andrea Stopa - Andrew Timm - Anna Cooper - Anthony Vazquez - Antonio Lorusso - Ariel Levin - Barbara Kass - Beckett Koretz - Bets Edasery - Blake Johnson - Braeden Lentz - Bree Ferrin - Bridget Burns - Camellia Phillips - Candice Haddad - Cannell Oliver - Cassidy Regan - Catherine Lundoff - Catherine Wang - Cecilia Zvosec - Charlene Sinclair - Chelsea Wynn - Chris Xu - Christa Orth - Christine Williams - Crystal Middlestadt - Cynthia Ibarra - Dallas Schubert - Dana King - Darby Hickey - Deesha Narichania - Demian Yoon - Diana Scholl - Dylan Turmeque-Lament - Edie Joseph - Elizabeth Busch - Elizabeth Garcia - Emma Buck - Emma Burke - Emma McDonald - Emma McGowan - Erik Hinton - Erin Althoff - Erin Grant - Evelin Montes - Genya Shimkin - Georgia Wei - Ginger Hintz - Graham Bridgeman - Hadassah Damien - Hannah Soreng - Hannah Vick - Ian Mansfield - Isaac Lev Szmonko - Ivan Rosales - J Schild - Jaime Marie Estrada - Jaime-Jin Lewis - James Schaffer - Jeffrey Jacobs - Jenna Jerman - Jenna Schmitz - Jenny Dodson - Jesse Crozier - Jessica Holland - Jessie Spector - Jessie Workman - Jill Casey - Joanna Eng - Joanna Gurin - Joe Williams - Julia Lukomnik - Julia Reticker-Flynn - Julia Stone - Juliana Weissbein - Julie Krumwiede - Julie Olson - Kaja Dawkins - Kara Desiderio - Kate McDonough - Katherine Bernyk - Katherine Madhuri-Asencio - Katie Lynch - Katrina Green - Kelly Wooten - Kevin Mernin - Kimberly Murray - Kirin Kanakkanatt - Kristen Fitzpatrick - Kristina Wertz - Kyle Anderson - Laura Stempel - Laurel Golio - Lee Strock - Lena Solow - Lindsay Noyes - Lindsey Hennawi - Lisa Del Monte Lissa Crane - Lola Pellegrino - Lolan Sevilla - Lucretia John - Madeleine Durante - Mana Tahaie - Maria Dautruche - Mariel Cohn - Marigo Farr - Marin Watts - Marlene Fried - Mary Fridley - Marybeth Seitz-Brown - Maryse Mitchell-Brody - Masen Davis - Mateo Medina - Matias Pelenur - Maxwell Scales - Meagan L. Butler - Megan Stories - Meghan McNamara - Melissa Gira Grant - Melissa Meade - Melody Eaton - Micah Blaise - Michael Gast - Miriam Fogelson - Mitchell Singer - Morgan Hopkins - Morgan Light - Naa Hammond - Natalie Alexander - Natasha Hay - Nicole Myles - Nina Connor - Nina Kossoff - Oliver Matte - Paige Trubatch - Pamela Walker - Phoebe Feeley - Phoebe Jenkins - Pierce Delahunt - Rachel Aimee - Rachel Meyer - Raffi Marhaba - Rebecca Rolfe - Reed Vreeland - Renee Bracey Sherman - Ri Lindegren - Ricky Hougland - Rosie Perera - Roz Lee - Ryan Li Dahlstrom - Sadie Lune - Saenam Kim - Sally Ryman - Sam Leon - Samantha Franklin - Sara Gould - Sarah Quinto - Sarah Rosenthal - Sarah Trachtenberg - Sarika Kumar - Sheena Brown - Sophie Hagen - Stephanie Poggi - Syd Yang - Sydney Kopp-Richardson - Tara Ellison - Tara Tabassi - Tavi Gevinson - Ting Zhang - Tovah Leibowitz - Vanessa Ferrel - Vic Wiener - Xin Xin - Yahya Alazrak - Yasmin Ahmed - Zachary Eaton - Zakiya Lord - Zil Goldstein.
Thank you our First 100 Donors!
The First 100 list recognizes the first 100 donors who pledged to give $1,000+ or $85 a month for three consecutive years.
A. Sparks - Adam Roberts - Agnes Gund Foundation - Alexandra Teixeira - Amoretta Morris - Anna March - Anna Weisberg - Anonymous (3) - Anya Rous - Arielle Narva - Aviva & Jeremy Rothman-Shore - Barbara Meyer - Ben Francisco Maulbeck - Ben Moniera Fund - Beth Jacobs - Charlene Carruthers - Chia Collins - Dana King - David Steely - Dylan Jacobs - Elizabeth Lower-Basch & Anthony Miles Lower-Basch - Ellen Goldberg & Izetta Smith - Gerrish & Gail Milliken - Hallie Boas - Hannah Soreng - Harshita Gupta - Helen Stillman - Holly Fetter - Iván Rosales - J Schild - Jaime Estrada - Jason Franklin - Jessica Holland - Jessica Morgan - Joe Williams - Julia Stone- Julie Parker Benello - Katrina Schaffer - Lars Stephenson - Laura D’Amato-Contreras - Lawton Family Foundation - Leahjo & Berkley Carnine - Liz Sullivan - Liz Zale - Lucia Kahn- Margot Seigle - Meg Loomis - Naa Hammond - Nate Jones - Nora Berenstain - Olivia Merchant - Olivia Woollam - Paige Kirstein - Perry Cohen & Brooke Bull - Pierce Delahunt - Polly Pillen - Rachel Gelman - Reid Williams - Ro Adler - Rosalba Messina - Rosie Perera - Rye Young - Sam Vinal - Samantha Franklin - Sarah Abelow - Siena Ezekiel - Surina Khan & Jennifer Terry - Susan Mooney & Rebecca Rolfe - Tracy Burt - The Gast Family - Tuti Scott - Vicki Breitbart - Weston Milliken.
Third Wave Staff
Co-Directors: Ana Conner & Kiyomi Fujikawa
Outgoing Executive Director: Rye Young
Program Officer: Joy Messinger
Program Assistant: mai c. doan
External Relations Associate: Nicole Myles
Communications Officer: Monica Trinidad
Third wave board of advisors
Co-Chair: Deesha Narichania
Co-Chair: Hana Sun
Adjoa Sankofia Tetteh