Our Mission

Channel Foundation promotes women’s human rights by funding intersecting streams of the global movement for gender equality.

Channel: (noun) That through which information, news, trade, or the like passes; a medium of transmission, conveyance, or communication; means agency. (Oxford English Dictionary)


The future is a world in which the feminist perspective is embraced so that all people have the respect, freedom, and opportunity to realize their full human rights and leadership potential.


Core ideals that guide Channel Foundation include the following:

  • Human rights and the fundamental dignity and equality of all human beings
  • Feminism
  • Racial Justice
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

As part of the human rights and social justice funding movement, Channel believes that empowerment of grassroots groups and partnership models of funding are the only truly effective pathways to achieving lasting social change. We believe in and strive to practice the following in our work:

  • Collaboration
  • Bridge-building
  • Risk-taking
  • Systemic change

“We have known for decades that the best way for … the world to thrive is to ensure that its women have the freedom, power, and knowledge to make decisions affecting their own lives and those of their families and communities.”

— UN Secretary General Kofi Annan