The mission of FRIDA The Young Feminist Fund is to provide accessible, strategic and responsive funding for young feminist-led initiatives. They aim to strengthen the capacity of young feminist organizations to leverage resources for their work and to increase donors’ and allies’ commitments to resourcing young feminist activism.
Frida lays out their Theory of Change in an innovative online interactive illustration The Garden of Change.
2011-2018: Since 2011 Channel has made annual grants to support the FRIDA Young Feminist Fund (through the fiscal sponsorship of The Tides Foundation), to provide support to young feminist activist groups around the globe via grantmaking, capacity building, convening, linking and learning opportunities. FRIDA helps amplify the voices, contribution and influence of young feminist activism in broad social movements and philanthropic spaces by supporting young feminist initiatives, building their leadership and strengthening institutions that advance young women’s and trans* rights.
FRIDA launched its first call for proposals in 2012 and uses a participatory grantmaking process modeled on that of the Central American Women’s Fund. FRIDA (along with voting input from applicants themselves) chose 18 dynamic young feminist organizations for their first round of grants.
In 2019, FRIDA’s Co-Executive Director, Majandra Rodriguez Acha, was feautured on the Mothers of Invention Podcast, “A Second Chance At Life.” During the podcast, Majandra discusses youth organizations and the Bagua Massacre, a bloody protest of the US-Peru Free Trade Agreement which gave permission to explore oil, gas and logging in the Amazon on indigenous land.
As of 2017, FRIDA has completed five grant cycles, and cumulatively supported 150 different groups of young feminists in over 80 different countries around the world, awarding 1.3 million USD in direct grants. Explore the issues and geographies FRIDA funds via an interactive map of grantee partners.
Joint research by FRIDA and the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) led to the publication of “Brave, Creative, Resilient: The Global State of Young Feminist Organizing,” an international mapping of the global state of young feminist organizing. This research provides a ‘snapshot’ of who young feminist organizations are, the issues and strategies they work on, and the financial and political realities that shape their work.