Groundbreaking $750,000 Gift Made to Gender Justice

Gender Justice is thrilled to share that we have received a transformational gift of $750,000 from an anonymous fund of the Minneapolis Foundation. This is the largest gift from an individual in Gender Justice’s history.

“With attacks on our fundamental rights seeming to increase by the day, this gift could not have come at a more important time. We are incredibly grateful for this donor’s generosity and vote of confidence in our track record and leadership,” said Gender Justice Executive Director Megan Peterson.

Gender Justice’s organizational model positions us as an innovator of local, state, and regional strategy and infrastructure; a coalition builder both within and between states and state-level organizations; and a leader in a post-Roe landscape. Gender Justice’s expertise on reproductive freedom, LGBTQ+ rights, and freedom from gender-based violence places us at the center of multiple issues in the national spotlight right now. On top of Gender Justice’s powerful multi-strategy approach to creating change, we bring our core organization values of courage, adaptability, and productive impatience with the status quo.

​​In the twelve years since Gender Justice was founded, we have built a track record of innovative work to advance gender equity. We have won huge victories for abortion access and trans rights, set groundbreaking legal precedents, and built transformative coalitions.

In the past few years, Gender Justice’s budget and staffing have tripled, adding our first-ever Deputy Director, UnRestrict Minnesota Campaign Director, Civic Engagement Director, organizing team, and critical operations staff. But even with Gender Justice’s rapid growth and expanded funding, the scope of our work and requests for our expertise, leadership, and involvement have grown significantly faster. This transformative gift will help meet these growing needs.

We are ready to take our fight for justice and equity to the next level. Building and sustaining a world free of gender barriers requires community organization, education, and changing the ways we talk and think about gender. With this donation, we have an opportunity to take on new and bigger challenges as we work to build a world where everyone can thrive regardless of their gender, gender expression, or sexual orientation. Step by step, we’re creating that world by dismantling legal, structural, and cultural barriers that contribute to gender inequity.

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