About Us

La Ligue Democratique pour les Droits de la Femme in Ourzazate, Morocco engages youth in theater and video to create the next generation of leaders working on gender equality.


The Channel Foundation is a small, private foundation based in Seattle, Washington, USA that promotes leadership in women's human rights around the globe. Channel's mission is to fund and create opportunities for groups working in many regions of the world to ensure that women's human rights are respected, protected, and fulfilled.

Channel Foundation is a not for profit foundation operating under 501(c)(3) of the United States code.



We envision a world where women and girls enjoy equal protection and fulfillment of their human rights and share power in directing institutions, guiding communities, and leading societies and nations. Women and girls shall have full access to the information, resources, training, and employment opportunities they need in order to overcome social, legal and economic barriers, to participate in decision making, and to claim their human rights.

"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



Core ideals that guide our decisions and actions as a foundation include a belief in the human rights framework and the fundamental dignity and equality of all human beings as well as a focus on collaboration, inclusion, systemic change, impact, risk-taking and bridge-building. As part of the 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.

"The human rights of women and of the girl-child are an inalienable, integral and indivisible part of universal human rights. The full and equal participation of women in political, civil, economic, social and cultural life, at the national, regional and international levels, and the eradication of all forms of discrimination on grounds of sex are priority objectives of the international community."

- Declaration and Programme of Action - Vienna Conference on Human Rights, 14-25 June 1993



From its founding in 1998 through 2005, Channel (as in "channeling funds"), a small private foundation, made a small number of grants per year to international organizations working in the areas of Population, Poverty and Gender Equity; Biodiversity Conservation, Protection of Indigenous Peoples Land Rights, Sustainable Economic Development; Indigenous People's Rights; and Human Rights.

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


Memberships & Alliances

Channel holds memberships and has formed alliances with many donor
affinity groups and women's human rights organizations who share our
interests. They have provided space and the opportunity for education, collaboration and inspiration.

Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID)

Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP)

Engaged Donors for Global Equity (EDGE) Funders Alliance

Exponent Philanthropy (formerly Association of Small Foundations (ASF)

International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP)

International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG)

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

Peace and Security Funders Group (PSFG)

Philanthropy Advancing Women's Human Rights (PAWHR)

Philanthropy Northwest

Women Donors Network (WDN)

Women's Funding Network (WFN)

Monica Aleman from the International Indigenous Women’s Forum speaks at the IFIP conference in Queretaro, Mexico (January 2008).




Please note that the Channel Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. New proposals are considered by invitation only.


Activists march for women's rights in Cape Town, South Africa (Nov. 2008).



Photos courtesy of the Channel Foundation.