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The Ascend Fund

On Parity: Fall 2020

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.

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

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


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

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. Each organization received between $50,000 and $100,000 to further the goal of gender equality in elected office.

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.

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