Grantmaking is directed primarily toward women and girls and/or environmental organizations with a particular emphasis on programs that foster social responsibility and promote civic engagement, leadership, and activism.
We fund only 501(c)(3) organizations. We typically do not fund capital campaigns, international programs, health services, direct service programs, drug or alcohol rehabilitation, or film/video projects. You may send a two-page letter of inquiry that describes your program’s objectives and funding needs. You will be invited to send a proposal should your work align with our priorities.
Susie T. Buell, Founder
Susie is the co-founder of the global lifestyle company Esprit de Corp. She is often credited with introducing the Northern California lifestyle to the world through Esprit’s products, groundbreaking marketing, and progressive corporate culture. As a conscientious entrepreneur, Susie pushed the company to move toward practicing corporate, social, and environmental responsibility. Through innovative in-house programs and provocative advertising campaigns, Esprit raised awareness and inspired activism among employees and consumers.
Since selling the company, Susie has devoted herself to philanthropy and politics and is considered one of the most influential Democratic political fundraisers in the country. A native San Franciscan, lifelong feminist, and environmental activist, Susie continues to support climate solutions and programs that develop leadership among women and girls locally, nationally, and globally.
Belinda Muñoz, Executive Director
Belinda first answered the call to advocacy for women and girls when she volunteered at a shelter for domestic violence victims. She later left a private-sector career to join a network of women’s foundations which led her to the Susie Tompkins Buell Foundation. She currently works as the Buell Office’s strategic funding advisor, runs its political fundraising and engagement operations, and serves as the de facto advisor to the Buell network’s fellow donors and raisers.
Belinda also oversees the creation of The Rising and The UpRising, the organization’s spirit-raising newsletters; her writings have been featured in various publications and lifestyle websites. She studied philosophy, theology, and psychology at the University of San Francisco and lives in San Francisco with her husband and son.
Ella Arnold, Politics & Philanthropy Associate
Ella developed her donor management and fundraising skills at Buell Private Political Management where she handled political operations for several prominent Bay Area families. She has also worked as the INFORUM Programs Manager for the Commonwealth Club of California, the nation's oldest and largest public affairs forum. During her time at the Club, Ella produced live, onstage events featuring leaders in a variety of disciplines at venues throughout San Francisco.
Outside of her work, she has served as a Second Century Campaign Committee Partner for Planned Parenthood Northern California and as Board Liaison to the Committee for California Women's List. Ella graduated from San Francisco State University where she majored in Communication Studies.
We are uniters, working to lift up the Black citizens, leaders, and businesses of our community.
The Detroit People's Platform (DPP) is building a Detriot where race and the priorities of majority Black Detroit are centered. Our work advances racial and economic justice in the nation's largest Black majority city by organizing with community residents and community leaders to build grassroots power and transform systems and structures that make real the vision for a more racially just Detroit.
We are neighbors, rooted in the community, coming together to grow our state into a place that works for us, not just the rich and powerful. We organize to grow democracy and improve the quality of life so that our grandbabies inherit a state that is healthy and just.
Global Press creates a more informed and inclusive world by training and employing local women journalists in some of the world's least-covered places to produce ethical, accurate news for local and global audiences.
The Houston in Action member organization network operates on the belief that we can do greater things together than we can apart and that the more influence our communities have over the systems and services that are meant to support us, the better able we are to lead the lives we want to live.
Make the Road States Inc. - Pennsylvania Chapter, works to build power for justice in Latinx and immigrant communities and working-class communities of color. We empower community members to be the principal agents and leaders in challenging and dismantling systemic oppression through community organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and dismantling systemic oppression through civic engagement and advocacy.
We build power to disrupt and dismantle systems of oppression and determine a liberated future as people of color in Arizona.
We build power with our community through strategic organizing and policy advocacy to build a strong and fair Nevada that puts people and planet first.
Public Rights Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating the gap between the values expressed in our laws and the lived reality of our most vulnerable communities. We empower state, local, and tribal governments to protect the core rights and freedoms that define us as Americans by providing them with talent and resources to more proactively enforce their residents’ legal rights.
We are a sisterhood working to change the world together, one suburb at a time. Red Wine & Blue provides everything women need to successfully organize in their communities and beyond. Want to get stuff done and have fun along the way? Join us.
Remake is a global advocacy organization fighting for fair pay and climate justice in the clothing industry. We are here to end poverty wages, unsafe conditions and gender-based violence with which our clothes are made today.
Through grassroots organizing, transformative policy work, and supporting a new generation of leaders from communities across Vermont and New Hampshire who have been most impacted by systems of oppression, Rights and Democracy Education Fund is building power for a strong and inclusive multiracial democracy where everyone can thrive.
Spark RJ Now organizes in Georgia for reproductive rights and gender justice through a racial and economic justice lens. They have a strong youth leadership development program with an emphasis on empowering LGBTQ youth of color to develop their own media resources and conduct civic engagement activities.
Silver State Voices (SSV) is the Nevada affiliate and a fiscally sponsored project of State Voices, working year-round to build long-term collaboration among Nevada’s nonpartisan grassroots organizations. SSV encourages civic engagement in historically marginalized communities (people of color, single women, youth, and low-income individuals) and builds the capacity of the organizations that serve them.
Soil Centric connects you with climate solutions grounded in regenerative agriculture and ecosystem restoration.
The Trusted Elections Fund (TEF) is a pooled donor fund that convenes grantees to help map the field and identify solutions, makes grants, engages the donor community, and coordinates actions to prepare for, and respond to, high-risk threats to U.S. elections. TEF supports organizations and entities best positioned to create a more just, inclusive, and resilient democracy, where American elections are voter-centered, secure, and trusted.
Vital Voices Global Partnership is a non-profit founded on the simple idea that nations and communities cannot move forward without women’s voices in leadership positions. We invest in women leaders who are taking on the world’s greatest challenges – from gender-based violence to the climate crisis, economic inequities, and more.
The Working America Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) public charity that reaches working people in their communities with good information on the issues that matter most. We focus on fostering good jobs, a fair economy and a democracy where the voices of working people count for more than the money of big corporate interests.
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