Just in time for the Jewish New Year, Slingshot has published a pioneering new resource, Money, Power, and Gender: A Guide to Funding with a Gender Lens, to spark critical conversations and transformative change at the intersection of philanthropy, gender equity, and Jewish values.
“In the age of #MeToo and #TimesUp, we know that Jewish funders and beneficiaries are thinking deeply about how gender dynamics influence philanthropic leadership,” said Stefanie Rhodes, CEO of Slingshot. “Money, Power, and Gender is deeply informed by the wisdom of Jewish feminist leaders who inspire Slingshot’s commitment to gender justice.”
Rhodes continued, “As we strive to advance the field of Jewish philanthropy as a whole, we hope Money, Power, and Gender will equip funders with the tools they need to integrate a gender-based analysis into all of their philanthropic priorities.”
Created in partnership with gender justice leader Tuti B. Scott of Changemaker Strategies, and dedicated to the memory of Jewish feminist pioneer Nancy Schwartz Sternoff, Money, Power, and Gender invites Jewish communal leaders, funders, and activists of all genders to take concrete actions to advance gender equity, and commit to lifting up women and girls in the philanthropic landscape at large.
Drawing upon the insights of more than 15 philanthropic advisers, program officers, scholars, consultants, and donors, Money, Power, and Gender also examines how gender equity can be expressed through myriad social justice causes, including immigrants’ rights, healthcare, human rights, and climate justice, while also elevating Jewish life in the United States and around the world.
Featuring profiles of visionary women philanthropists, including Barbara Dobkin and Sally Gottesman, Money, Power, and Gender includes a “values and giving assessment” for grantmakers. Additionally, this publication contains Jewish texts and teachings, guided by the vision of Rabba Sara Hurwitz, to emphasize that funding with a gender lens is not only a feminist calling, but a Jewish imperative.
“I am deeply grateful for the provocative questions and bold insights contained within Money, Power, and Gender and for the perspectives of funders and organizations that have been at the forefront of supporting a better future for women and girls,” said Jenna Weinberg, a Board Member of Slingshot. “As a funder who cares deeply about gender equity in the Jewish community and beyond, I am hopeful that this Guide will provide a starting point to begin to imagine what a healthier balance of power between funders and organizations could look like. I also hope the Guide will challenge emerging and established philanthropists to understand how a gender analysis can enrich their giving.”
In anticipation of the Jewish New Year, a time for personal reflection and spiritual accounting, Slingshot encourages families, foundations, and individuals to use Money, Power, and Gender to harness the Jewish wisdom we need to make meaningful change beginning in the year to come.
Money, Power, and Gender: A Guide to Funding with a Gender Lens is available as a free downloadable resource on Slingshot’s website.