When we invest in women, we invest in our democracy.
At The Ascend Fund, we provide more than just money — we're convening our partners, establishing working groups, and making connections to make the field stronger and accelerate the pace of change towards gender parity.
As a collaborative fund, The Ascend Fund allows donors to work collectively and creatively. Ascend invests in transformative strategies, provides multi-year general operating grants to support the long-term stability of organizations, and funds fewer organizations at a higher level to allow leadership to focus on the big picture solutions.
We assist donors by looking at the landscape and identifying opportunities where investment will have the most impact. Then, we take action in these critical ways:
FIVE- AND SIX-FIGURE OPERATIONAL GRANTS
TRAINING AND WORKSHOPS WITH THE TOP POLITICAL MINDS
CONNECTIONS BETWEEN COMPLEMENTARY GROUPS
TECHNOLOGICAL RESOURCES FOR DATA SHARING
To date, we've built a robust portfolio of 12 national partners 13 state partners and awarded over $6 million in grants. As we seek to accelerate the pace of change, our goal is to reach a level of self-sustaining parity that will ultimately render our organization obsolete.
The Ascend Fund is made up of action-minded philanthropists, seeded by Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation company founded by Melinda French Gates.
“Getting more women in office starts with getting more women to run. The Ascend Fund provides essential support for organizations on the front lines of this important mission.”
-MELINDA FRENCH GATES
ABOVE ALL, WE BELIEVE IN THE
POWER OF COLLABORATION
We seek to bring change-makers the funds they so desperately need to accelerate the pace of parity, focusing on a synchronized approach to bring organizations together — rather than pitting them against each other. Throughout our efforts, we commit to four core philosophies that unify our potential: