Over the past 50 years, powerful legal and policy changes—together with evolving public attitudes—have greatly advanced the rights of women and of racial, caste, and ethnic groups. Still, we know that discrimination based on gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and indigenous or migrant status persists in application of the law, in cultural practices, and in the routines of everyday life.
Race, gender, and ethnic identity are deeply connected—often inextricably so—and efforts to address them must be rooted in this understanding. As demographic shifts and the global flows of people, information, and ideas challenge entrenched norms and break down boundaries, we have opportunities to build on those connections to bridge the gap between formal equality under the law and the reality of inequality in people’s daily lives.
What we are working on
Our two strategies connect with others across the foundation.
What we don’t fund
We do not fund standalone conferences and individual research projects that are not linked to ongoing strategy support, and we do not fund individual degrees and fellowships. We also do not support work in the following areas: juvenile justice, the school to prison pipeline, prisoner re-entry services, employment and civic engagement of formerly incarcerated people, indigent defense reform, civil access to justice, conditions of confinement, death penalty, wrongful convictions, broad-based strategies to achieve comprehensive immigration reform, immigrant labor issues, naturalization and civic engagement of immigrants, educational and health access for immigrants, language access, asylum and refugee rights, spatial segregation, voting rights, employment inequality, the wealth gap and educational attainment/affirmative action, sexuality education, Latin America SRHR and HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence, human trafficking, and sex trafficking.