Rockefeller Family Fund: Economic Justice for Women

Rockefeller Family Fund

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Women's Rights & Equality Workers’ Rights Economic Rights & Justice

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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Grant-Making Programs

The Rockefeller Family Fund makes grants in three program areas. The guidelines for these program areas and sample lists of grants are available on each program home page.

RFF provides support within these program areas for advocacy efforts that are action-oriented and likely to lead to tangible public policy results.

Grants are rarely made to organizations that traditionally enjoy popular support, such as museums, hospitals, or endowed institutions. Seldom are grants made for academic or scholarly research.

Women's Economic Justice Funding

The Family Fund’s program for women’s economic justice seeks to improve the quality of life for working women and their families in two ways: by advocating for equitable employment opportunities and updated employment standards, and by building power through support of women’s activism. Working at the national, state and local levels, we support research, training, public education campaigns and advocacy efforts.


Women Effect Fund

RFF is a founding donor to the Women Effect Fund (WEF), which brings donors together to achieve economic equity for women and families. WEF develops and funds intersectional campaigns to address the concurrent crises affecting our nation: gender, racial and economic inequity. By fighting for family friendly economic policies like paid leave and affordable child and long-term care and building a movement of people who share these goals, WEF fosters the conditions for broader culture change.

Starting in 2015, the Women Effect Fund supports organizing work in multiple states under the banner of “the Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy” to talk directly with women voters and build public support for a range of family friendly policy solutions. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed how desperately we need to invest in these policies. With new opportunities emerging on the federal level, these state-based policy campaigns are also engaging constituencies on federal efforts to establish family friendly policies. With each campaign, we use these issues to connect with and engage women activists and voters.

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  • Within its program guidelines, RFF supports tax-exempt organizations engaged in activities of national significance.
    • Thus, we do not ordinarily consider projects which pertain to a single community, except in the rare instance where a project is unique, strategically placed to advance a national issue, or is likely to serve as a national model.


  • Because RFF has limited resources, priority is often given to organizations working as partners on RFF initiatives.
    • Thus, we are unable to assist most applicants.


  • The RFF does not make grants for direct service providers, or for social services or human services programs, and we do not fund local or community-specific projects.
  • We do not fund film or video projects.
  • We do not fund profit-making businesses, construction or restoration projects, or projects to reduce an organization's debt. 
  • We do not offer scholarships, fellowships, tuition assistance, internships, student loans, or any other form of personal financial aid.

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This page was last reviewed December 04, 2023 and last updated December 04, 2023