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Inside Philanthropy

Women Are Underrepresented in Legislatures. This Fund Seeks Gender Parity — and Better Governance

The problem of minority rule in the United States goes well beyond the lopsided makeup of the Senate or partisan gerrymandering. It also extends to who is, and isn’t, able to run and serve in the first place.

MPB News

Fund offers grants to recruit women to run for Miss. legislative seats

Mississippi ranks 48th in the nation for the number of women in its legislative ranks according to The Ascend Fund. The non-partisan, organization out of Seattle, announced its providing grants to recruit women to run for state legislative seats, in 2022.

NBC News

New grant fund looks to power gender parity in elected office

Panorama Global, a nonprofit group, is sponsoring recruitment and training programs for women running for elected office across the country. The group received its seed money from Pivotal Ventures.

The 19th News

Will pouring money into statehouse races help America reach gender parity?

The Ascend Fund is investing more than half a million dollars into groups that plan to recruit and train women to run for statehouse seats in Michigan, Mississippi and Washington.

The 19th News

What it takes to build a nonpartisan pipeline for women candidates

In a space dominated by Democratic groups, the LBJ Women’s Campaign School highlights its nonpartisan approach in trying to help more women get elected to office.

Inside Philanthropy

Off the Sidelines: The Fund Propelling Women Into Office

A record number of women ran for and won elected offices in 2018, and women make up more than half of the U.S. population. But they represent less than 30% of Congress, state legislators and statewide executives.


Pilot program announced aimed at increasing number of women in Mississippi legislature. The Ascend Fund is launching this pilot program in three states, including Mississippi.

Mississippi has 174 state legislators and only 16 percent of those are women. However, a national group is hoping to help change that.


Philanthropist fund backs women to run in U.S. elections

A new philanthropic fund to support more women running for elected office in the United States was launched on Tuesday, organizers said, amid intense public debate over politics ahead of the November presidential election.

Press releases

October 19, 2021

The Ascend Fund Invests Over Half a Million in 13 Organizations Working to Elect Women to State Legislatures

Today, The Ascend Fund announced $600,000 in grants to 13 organizations in MI, MS, and WA as part of a project designed to increase the number of women serving in state legislatures.

September 15, 2020

Ascend Fund Announces Bipartisan Advisory Committee of Formerly Elected Women

The Ascend Fund announced their nine-member Advisory Committee, comprised of formerly elected women from both sides of the political aisle and all levels of political office.

June 15, 2021

The Ascend Fund Announces Funding for Pilot Initiative Focused on Electing Women to State Legislatures

The Ascend Fund announced $540,000 in available grant funding to organizations in MI, MS, and WA state to increase the number of women in the states’ legislatures.

January 14, 2020

Panorama Global Launches The Ascend Fund to Achieve Equal Representation for Women in U.S. Politics

Today, Panorama Global announced the formal launch of The Ascend Fund, a collaborative fund dedicated to accelerating the pace of change towards gender parity in U.S. politics

March 9, 2021

The Ascend Fund Awards Half a Million Dollars in Grants to Accelerate Gender Parity in U.S. Politics

Today, The Ascend Fund awarded $550,000 in grants to four nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations to further the goal of gender parity in elected office.

March 3, 2020

The Ascend Fund Awards $850,000 in Grants to Advance Gender Equity in U.S. Politics

Today, The Ascend Fund awarded $850,000 in general operating grants to 10 nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations to further the goal of gender equality in elected office.


December 13, 2022

On Parity: Winter 2022 Newsletter

Today we're releasing a new report, Parity Postponed: An analysis of women's representation and the 2022 election. While there were bright spots—for example, a record 12 women were elected governor—overall gains were smaller this year than in recent cycles.

February 23, 2022

On Parity: Winter 2022

As we reflect on 2021 and look ahead to the 2022 election, I am deeply grateful for the work our state and national partners are doing to normalize women’s political leadership and build a pipeline of diverse candidates.

March 16, 2021

On Parity: Spring 2021 Newsletter

Our twelve partner organizations are accelerating the pace of parity by empowering women to see themselves as leaders and equipping women with the skills to run and win. In 2020 alone they trained more than 36,000 women.

September 15, 2022

On Parity: Fall 2022 Newsletter

Exciting results from the primaries in two of Ascend's pilot states, Michigan and Washington: women will make up a higher percentage of state legislative candidates this November than last cycle!

October 19, 2021

On Parity: Fall 2021 Newsletter

This month, we announced $600,000 in grant funding to organizations in MI, MS, and WA. In reviewing the proposals submitted, we were struck by the pervasive funding gap faced by organizations working to build pathways to public office for women.

November 7, 2020

On Parity: Post Election Analysis

What. A. Week. While Americans fretted over the presidency, women across the country and up and down the ballot made history and broke records. The United States has elected its first female Vice President, Kamala Harris.

June 14, 2022

On Parity: Summer 2022 Newsletter

The horrific shootings in Uvalde, Buffalo, and so many other places across the country, the likely end of Roe v. Wade, and the alarming rise of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation have all weighed heavily on my mind and heart, and I’m sure on yours as well.

June 15, 2021

On Parity: Summer 2021 Newsletter

To date, we’ve invested almost $6 million in national organizations that share our commitment to electing more women. I’m excited to announce that this summer we will invest more than $500,000 in state-based organizations.

October 13, 2020

On Parity: Fall 2020 Newsletter

In a year filled with relentless challenges, economic anxiety, and alarming headlines, our partners consistently rose to the moment and guided women running for office through a pandemic, racial reckoning, and the most polarizing election in recent history.

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