THIRD WAVE FUND
Third Wave Fund is the only activist fund led by and for women of color, intersex, queer, and trans folks under 35 years old in the US.
We ensure young women, queer, and trans youth of color have the tools and resources they need to lead powerful movements, and that they have a seat at the table within philanthropy.
Third Wave supports gender justice groups from the ground up with rapid response grants, long-term funding for emerging groups, and capacity building.
February 23, 2018
Take Root is an annual student and activist conference focused on reproductive health, rights, and justice in red states and rural communities. Third Wave's Program Officer, Joy Messinger, will be co-leading a workshop entitled "Funding the Movement: Strategies for Rapid Response and Reproductive Justice Funding for Red State Activists" with Naa Hammond (Groundswell Fund) and Zabrina Collazo (Ms Foundation for Women). Registration is open and $35 for students, $75 non-students. #TakeRoot18
Join Third Wave's Executive Director, Rye Young, at this year's Yale Philanthropy Conference (New Haven, CT) on the panel "Towards Equity: Advancing Responsive Philanthropy". The panel will also feature speakers Storme Gray (Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy), Andrea Lynch (A. E. Lynch Consulting), Marco Antonio Quiroga (Our Fund Foundation), and Edgar Villanueva (Schott Foundation for Public Education). Registration for the conference is still open, ranging between $30-$110. The panel "Towards Equity" will take place during panel breakout session two from 1:45pm to 3pm ET on Friday, February 23rd, 2018.
march 11, 2018
Oak City Cycling Project in Raleigh, North Carolina is organizing an alleycat to benefit Third Wave Fund! You don't have to live in Raleigh to participate. Register online via Eventbrite to ride in real life, or donate to be a virtual rider.
MARCH 14-16, 2018
Funding Forward is an annual gathering of grantmakers committed to LGBTQ funding. Third Wave's Program Officer, Joy Messinger, will be speaking on a panel - "The Art of Rapid Response Funding" - with Shalini Eddens (Urgent Action Fund), Alejandra Martinez (Borealis Philanthropy), and Loan Trans (Southern Vision Alliance and Youth Organizing Institute - both Third Wave grantees!) on March 16, 2018 from 12:45pm - 1:45pm. Third Wave's Executive Director, Rye Young, will also be speaking on a panel - "Moving the Needle: Strategy Session to Expand Funding for Trans Communities" the day before (March 15) from 3pm - 4pm. Registration is still open.
April 13-15, 2018
CLPP is an annual reproductive and social justice conference for students and community activists. Third Wave Program Staff Joy Messinger and mai cortez doan will be co-leading a workshop on demystifying philanthropy and fundraising from foundations. Registration for #CLPP2018 is open and is sliding scale from $0-$300!
JANUARY 23, 2017
Meet our first grantees of the new year who are receiving our rapid-response Mobilize Power Fund and Flush Transphobia Fund grants.
DECEMBER 13, 2017
Our docket of 2017 grantees is now available! Take a look at all of the incredible work you helped us fund this year!
NOVEMBER 7, 2017
As we reflect & take action this Election Day, we want to emphasize the importance of sustaining our movements beyond just a Trump term. We want to see critical organizations flourish and thrive to hold future administrations and institutions accountable. Please join us in celebrating our Grow Power Fund's inaugural grantees: Asian American Organizing Project, Assata's Daughters, Immigrant Youth Coalition, Trans Queer Pueblo, West Fund, and Youth Organizing Institute!
Please welcome our brand new Communications Officer, Monica Trinidad, and External Relations Associate, Nicole Myles. They will elevate the important organizing of our grantees and engage donors in timely movement building opportunities. Read more about them on our Staff & Board page!