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.
ACE is a member-led social justice organization that develops and mobilizes undocumented working youth and adults, students, and LGBTQ individuals to strategically take ownership and responsibility to advance economic, social, and racial justice.
The Black Voters Matter Capacity-Building Institute aims to increase power in marginalized, predominantly Black communities. We agree with the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when he said, “Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”
Blueprint NC provides opportunities for training, resource-sharing, and convening for partner organizations that use civic engagement and education to advocate for a healthy democracy that works to remove barriers and provide the resources communities need to achieve opportunity, security and well-being.
The Climate Emergency Fund supports individual activists and organizations working to wake up the public to the threat of climate change and demand action from our leaders.
Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR) is a community-rooted organization that works to enable Latinx individuals and their families to lead safe, healthy and self-determined lives.
Colorado People’s Alliance (COPA) is a racial justice, member-led organization dedicated to advancing and winning progressive social change locally, statewide and nationally.
Faith in Florida is a powerful, multicultural, nonpartisan network of congregation community organizations in Florida that addresses systemic racial and economic issues that cause poverty for our families and seeks to provide a prophetic, interfaith voice on civil rights restoration, immigration, and healthcare expansion.
The Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC) is a statewide coalition of more than 65 member organizations and more than 100 allies that work together to amplify the power of immigrant communities to impact the root causes of inequality and defend and protect basic human rights including the right to live without fear.
Forward Montana Foundation educates, engages, and organizes young Montanans to shape their democracy to improve their lives and the lives of their fellow Montanans.
Global Press exists to create a more just and informed world by training and then employing local journalists to produce ethical, accurate news coverage from the world’s least-covered places.
Ignite is a movement of young women who are ready and eager to become the next generation of political leaders.
Through advocacy, leadership development, and voter empowerment, Mothering Justice raises the voices of mothers to become policy makers and shapers, and empowers them to engage fellow mothers and law makers around a variety of issues that affect working families.
The New Georgia Project is a nonpartisan effort to register and civically engage Georgians.
New Voices for Reproductive Justice is building a social change movement dedicated to the health and well-being of Black women and girls through leadership development, human rights, and reproductive justice.
One Arizona is a movement born from struggle for the people and by the people that develops leaders, builds power, protects one another and fights through civic participation, mentorship and training.
Protect Our Defenders (POD) is the only national organization solely dedicated to ending the epidemic of rape and sexual assault in the military and to combating a culture of pervasive misogyny, sexual harassment, and retribution against victims.
Public Rights Project empowers state, local, and tribal governments to fight for civil rights and economic and environmental justice by providing them with talent and resources to proactively enforce their residents’ legal rights.
We are a community of fashion lovers, women rights advocates, and environmentalists on a mission to change the industry’s harmful practices on people and our planet. We make sustainability accessible and inclusive across our three pillars of work: education, advocacy, and transparency.
The 19th is a nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom reporting at the intersection of gender, politics and policy.
Voces de la Frontera strives to create a world where all people live free of poverty and discrimination, have access to safe, dignified work, quality education, and health care; where immigrants can cross borders with dignity; where human rights and workers’ rights are respected; where government is truly “of the people”, and all families thrive.
The Vote Mama Foundation’s mission is to achieve gender equality by breaking down barriers for working mothers to run for elected office, winning universal childcare for all Americans, and the use of campaign funds for childcare for all candidates running for office.
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