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Meet our Founder

Writer Feminist Artist Audrey Cappell
Visionary
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Origin Story

In 2011, Audrey brought together a group of women to achieve a simple yet ambitious vision: a world without discrimination.

Under her leadership, Foundation for a Just Society was established to advance the human rights of women, girls, and LGBTQI people globally.


Year 1

Vision + Values established First grants awarded
First staff hired Regional focus areas identified Attended AWID Forum in Istanbul, Turkey Grantmaking approach established
Brought West African grantees to the United Nations Board members visited New Orleans, LA
Theory of Change adopted Program team expands + operations staff is hired Regional strategies adopted for US Southeast + Francophone West Africa Philanthropy Advancing Women’s Human Rights founding member
Moved into our first office Regional strategy adopted for South + Southeast Asia Communications strategy adopted Aided a national media campaign for a groundbreaking report on black women and girls in the rural South

Grantmaking 2011—2016

$15M$14M$13M$12M$11M$10M$9M$8M$7M$6M$5M$4M$3M$2M$1M$0M 80706050403020100 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Funds Disbursed # Grantee Partners 82 $14.8M 71 $10.4M 57 $8.3M 51 $4.0M 32 $2.6M 26 $1M

Under the leadership of Audrey Cappell, we have provided more than $41M in grants since 2011 to advance the human rights of women, girls, and LGBTQI people globally.

$41 Million in Total Funding

Our Impact

Mariam Armisen founded Queer African Youth Network in 2010 to build a regional movement for LGBTQ rights in Francophone West Africa led by women and young people. With our grantmaking support, QAYN has been able to…

Establish the first-ever safe space for LGBTQ people in Burkina Faso Mobilize resources for LGBTQ advocacy in West Africa Publish five groundbreaking reports on LGBTQ experiences in West Africa Work with allies to stop the introduction of an anti-homosexuality bill in Burkina Faso Strengthen the leadership of queer women and trans people in West Africa