UltraViolet Receives Multi-Million, Multi-Year Investment from the Ford Foundation in BUILD Grant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 24, 2024

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UltraViolet Receives Multi-Million, Multi-Year Investment from the Ford Foundation in BUILD Grant

WASHINGTON, DC — UltraViolet is proud to announce a new commitment from the Ford Foundation to invest $4M over five years through the Ford Foundation’s Building Institutions and Networks (BUILD) program. The Ford Foundation’s BUILD program seeks to empower organizations addressing systemic inequality by providing substantial financial support and capacity-building resources. 

The Ford Foundation’s generous investment in UltraViolet, the nation’s leading gender justice campaigning organization, is an investment in preserving our democracy. 

The backlash to feminism has been extreme, hostile and well-funded, and the gender justice movement must be ready to ensure the significant strides that BIPOC women, LGBTQ+ people and feminists have made are protected and expanding. There is renewed momentum for gender justice–spanning generations of feminists–to protect access to reproductive health care and fight abortion disinformation, dismantle sexism and racism in the media and online, and hold powerful corporations and people accountable to feminist values. UltraViolet’s selection for the BUILD grant underscores UltraViolet’s impactful work, capacity for growth and acceleration, and UltraViolet’s role as a leader in the gender justice movement.

Through the BUILD Program, the Ford Foundation will provide steady support to UltraViolet over the next five years, ensuring we have the institutional strength and resilience to advance feminist cultural and systemic change, and to create the conditions for a more gender-just future for all.

“We are excited to provide long-term support to UltraViolet as part of our commitment to investing in the sustainability of institutions that are leading the way for reproductive justice at this crucial moment,” said Silvia Henriquez, program officer for Reproductive Justice at the Ford Foundation. “Investing in the resilience of social movements is core to our work at the Ford Foundation and we look forward to seeing what UltraViolet accomplishes in the years to come.”

VIEW MORE ABOUT THE FORD FOUNDATION’S BUILD GRANTS HERE: https://www.fordfoundation.org/work/our-grants/building-institutions-and-networks/how-it-works/

“UltraViolet and the Ford Foundation have been partners in social justice for over a decade and we are thrilled and honored to be entrusted with a BUILD grant,” explained Shaunna Thomas, co-founder and executive director of UltraViolet. “This BUILD program will allow UltraViolet to focus on strengthening the foundation of our organization, from which we will be better able to create the transformative feminist future we believe in.”


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UltraViolet is a leading national gender justice organization in the US with a multiracial, multi-generational, gender-diverse community of more than 1 million members, spanning all 50 states. As the largest feminist campaigning organization in the United States, UltraViolet combines organizing, technology, creative campaigning, and people power to make the dream of gender justice a reality.