Who We Are & What We Do

Why TrueChild
Gender impacts practically every issue philanthropic institutions address. Two decades of research has found that harmful gender norms and inequities are a key to improving life outcomes for at-risk communities. Yet foundations and grantees often overlook gender, or disconnect it from race and class.

International donors like PEPFAR, UNAIDS, UNFPA, USAID, and WHO
(and leading NGO's like CARE, EngenderHealth, International Center for Research on Women, International Planned Parenthood, and Population Council) have all implemented "gender transformative" initiatives that address  gender norms and inequities and found them effective. USAID no longer funds new programs that lack a strong gender analysis, and PEPFAR has made gender norms central to its funding in dozens of developing countries. 

A small core of domestic donors have done likewise. Yet, as Dr. Hortensia Amaro first observed in 1995, whether the issue is reproductive health, civic engagement, partner violence or educational under-achievement, the US still tends to promote better outcomes for at-risk communities "in a gender vacuum.”
Who We Are
TrueChild helps donors, policy-makers and practitioners reconnect race, class and gender through "gender transformative" approaches that challenge rigid gender norms and inequities. We are especially interested in the impact of gender on at-risk communities, including those that are of color, LGBTQ, or low income. 
What We Do

Our experts provide expertise and consulting services to philanthropic officers, policy-makers, and non-profits that increases the efficacy of philanthropic efforts, public policy and programmatic efforts while maximizing social returns. Specifically we:

1. Conduct trainings and briefings;
2. Develop white paper reports, tool-kits, and other intellectual collateral; and,
3. Work with grantees to develop and disseminate model "best practice” programs that have a strong gender focus.

We also conduct TrueChild Gender Audits© – including websites, printed material, new employee training and policy – that help organizations integrate a strong gender analysis into all aspects of their work and brand.
Training & Technical Assistance

Some of the organizations to which we have been privileged to provide briefings, training and other technical assistance:

Centers for Disease Control, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention
Centers for Disease Control, Division of Violence Prevention
Centers for Disease Control, Division of Reproductive Health 
Office of Adolescent Health, Dept of Health & Human Services
Office on Women's Health, Dept of Health & Human Services
White House, Domestic Policy Council
White House, Office of National AIDS Policy
White House, Office on Public Engagement 

The Atlantic Philanthropies
Bay Area Justice Funders Network
Chicago Foundation for Women
Columbus Foundation
Council on Foundations
Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy
George Family Foundation
Hadassah Foundation
Jewish Women's Fund Network
Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco
Joint Affinity Groups Summit
Liberty Hill Foundation
McCormick Foundation
Ms Foundation for Women
NEO Philanthropy
Philanthropy New York
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Women Donors Network
Women's Foundation of Minnesota
Women's Funding Network
Women's Fund of Central Ohio
Women's Foundation of Minnesota
Women Moving Millions

DC Public School System
San Diego Unified School District

Goldman Sachs

American Association of University Women (AAUW)
California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA)
Diversity Best Practice
ETR Associates
Guttmacher Institute
Healthy Teen Network
JSI Research & Training Institute
National Minority AIDS Council
National Native American AIDS Prevention Center
Planned Parenthood - Mar Monte, CA
Southern California Sexual Health Summit
YWCA of Watsonville, CA
Working Mother Media

Foundation & Corporate Support
American Airlines
Atlantic Philanthropies
Bastian Foundation
Blue Shield of California Foundation
California Endowment
California Wellness Foundation
District of Columbia, Mayor's Office, Justice Grants Administration
FISA Foundation
Heinz Endowments
Herb Block Foundation
Human Rights Campaign Foundation
Jewish Women's Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
Motorola Solutions Foundation
Small Change Fund
Ted Snowdon Foundation
True-Benefit Inc.



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