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

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

Organizations to which TrueChild has been privileged to provide briefings, trainings, and 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 
Chicago Board of Education
Chicago Department of Public Health
Office of Adolescent Health, Dept of Health & Human Services
Office on Women's Health, Dept of Health & Human Services
San Diego County (Project MOCHA)
White House, Domestic Policy Council
White House, Office of National AIDS Policy
White House, Office on Public Engagement 

Philanthropic Associations
Association of Black Foundation Executives
Bay Area Justice Funders Network
Council on Foundations
Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy
Jewish Women's Fund Network
Joint Affinity Groups Summit
Ladies Who Lunch of Chicago
Philanthropy New York
Women Donors Network
Women's Funding Network
Women Moving Millions

The Atlantic Philanthropies
Chicago Foundation for Women
Columbus Foundation
George Family Foundation
Hadassah Foundation
Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco
Jewish Women's Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
Liberty Hill Foundation
McCormick Foundation
Minnesota Foundation for Women
Ms Foundation for Women
NEO Philanthropy
New York Women's Foundation
San Francisco Jewish Women's Fund
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Women's Foundation of Minnesota
Women's Foundation of New York
Women's Fund of Central Ohio
Women's Foundation of Minnesota

School Systems
DC Public School System
San Diego Unified School District
Chicago Public Schools

Goldman Sachs

Association of Jewish Family & Children's Agencies (AJFCA)
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA)
Diversity Best Practice
ETR Associates
Guttmacher Institute
Healthy Teen Network
Heinz Endowments
Jewish Child & Family Services
Jewish Women's Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
Jobs with Justice
JSI Research & Training Institute
National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity
National Girls Collaborative Project
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

George Family Foundation
Heinz Endowments
Jewish Women's Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
Jewish Women's Foundation of New York
Motorola Solutions Foundation
New York Women's Foundation
Small Change Fund
True-Benefit Inc.



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