Third Wave Fund is an activist fund led by and for women of color, intersex, queer, and trans people under 35 years of age. We work to ensure that young folks are decision-makers at the cutting edge of philanthropy where they are commonly absent. For twenty years, Third Wave has been a leader in gender justice, a movement to end patriarchy, transphobia, homophobia, and misogyny. We fund groups that recognize gender oppression is linked to classism, racism, ageism, and ableism, and that only by squashing all forms of oppression will justice be realized.
BUT WHAT DOES THAT REALLY MEAN?? It means that Third Wave, unlike most organizations or philanthropic organizations, is directly accountable to, and driven by the communities it serves. It means that your money is actually going directly to real-life needs and people, according to what they say their needs are, in real time. And it means that Third Wave is disrupting the world of philanthropy by making sure that the people with the most power and resources aren't the ones setting the agenda. Instead, Third Wave is shifting power back to the grassroots in order to eradicate systemic oppression, in ways that are actually meaningful to the people they serve.
Please consider not only donating to this fundraiser today, but setting up a recurring, monthly donation, in any amount. At a minimum, please check out their website, take a look at the projects and work they are funding, and see how they are different from most other groups out there.
But seriously, while any amount is appreciated, let's be honest. There is no reason why you can't bump up your donation amount by $5. What is $5 to you, really?