In 2016, the B.A. Rudolph Foundation expanded its support of women by creating a Sponsorship and Grants fund. This fund supports people, organizations, groups, events, projects or programs that are consistent with the mission and values of the B.A. Rudolph Foundation (provided they are used in accord with the Foundation’s Bylaws).
Sponsorship and grant requests can be submitted to the Foundation year-round and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. There is no funding minimum or maximum (provided they are used in accord with the Foundation’s Bylaws). The B.A. Rudolph Foundation is committed to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly dedicated to reaching and supporting a broad spectrum of qualified women who have diverse backgrounds, experiences, ability and perspectives.
In 2017, the Foundation awarded four grants:
Mater Academy’s RISE Mentoring Program
The B.A. Rudolph Foundation supported Mater Academy’s Reaching and Igniting Success and Excellence (RISE) Program through a one-time grant of $2,000. RISE is a long-term mentorship program for young women at Mater Academy High School in Miami, Florida, to encourage them to reach higher, dream bigger, and succeed. Participants are first-generation, low-income Latinas who are often not afforded the same opportunities as others at major higher education institutions. Through a series of workshops, trainings, and discussions, RISE helps ensure that young women of Mater Academy are able to succeed through their junior and senior years and freshman year of college, and that they will have an ongoing support network after graduating high school.
Women’s Foundation of Arkansas, Girls of Promise Program
The B.A. Rudolph Foundation supported the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas, Girls of Promise Program through a one-time grant of $3,500. This program encourages girls to continue pursuing higher-level science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses past eighth grade, with goals towards careers in these fields. Girls of Promise provides a two-day conference, at no cost to the attendees or their chaperones, that includes activities, field trips, mentoring sessions, and speakers. Participants meet and learn from women with careers in STEM; scientists, welders, physicians, engineers, and coders are just some of the examples of the many accomplished women the girls interact with during the conference. This sponsorship will specifically support the Girls of Promise April 2018 conference. We look forward to sharing more at that time.
The Women’s Convention
The B.A. Rudolph Foundation supported the Women’s Convention through a one-time grant of $5,000. The Women’s Convention brought together thousands of women, femmes and allies of all backgrounds to Detroit, Michigan from October 27 – 29, 2017, for a weekend of workshops, strategy sessions, inspiring forums and intersectional movement building to continue the preparation going into the 2018 midterm elections. Tapping into the power of women in leadership as the fundamental, grassroots force for change, the Women’s Convention brought together first time activists and movement leaders, rising political stars that reflect our nation’s changing demographics, and thousands of women who’ve organized sister marches, huddles, rallies and resistance actions, large and small, since January 2017. Participants left inspired and motivated, with new connections, skills and strategies for working towards collective liberation for women of all races, ethnicities, ages, disabilities, sexual identities, gender expressions, immigration statuses, religious faiths, and economic statuses. As a sponsor, the B.A. Rudolph Foundation sent several organizational representatives to attend the conference. Read about their experience in the blog post, “Women & Reclaiming Our Time.”
Conference on Gender and International Affairs, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
The B.A. Rudolph Foundation supported the Conference on Gender and International Affairs through a one-time grant of $1,000. Held November 17-18, 2017 at The Fletcher School of Law at Tufts University, the conference focused on “Money, Power, and Influence: The Gendered Dimensions of Geopolitics.” Through a series of panels and specialized breakout sessions, participants deepened their understanding of the relevance of gender in relation to status, access, and influence in all areas of international relations. The conference reiterated the importance of applying an intersectional lens towards issues in international affairs since gender and power intersect with other aspects of identity, such as class, citizenship, and sexuality.