The Harnisch Foundation has been one of our most enthusiastic supporters from the very beginning. Their philanthropy is inspiring: progressive, fiercely value-driven, and with keen focus on creativity. Their objective is simple, but vital: supporting “the work of effective leaders and creative communities working to advance gender and racial diversity with a focus on women and girls.” They are furthermore devoted to exploring journalism’s possibilities for enacting social change. As you well know, BinderCon is committed to diversifying the media by empowering and bringing together women and gender non-conforming writers. So, ours is a perfect match, wouldn’t you say?
In October the HF underwrote a fantastic luncheon and keynote conversation between Emily Bell (Director of the Tow Center for Journalism) and former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson. HF Founder and President Ruth Ann Harnisch gave a lovely introduction to a packed room and what followed was a fascinating and invigorating discussion. This weekend, in Los Angeles, they will present a panel on reporting sexual assault, unfortunately a critical topic in our current climate. And we can always count on them to support us on Twitter – and to spread the word on news and issues relevant to feminist-centered journalism.
Speaking of which, here are just a few of the HF’s other inspiring projects: Funny Girls empowers girls between the ages of 10 and 13 to foster leadership skills through the practice of improvisational comedy. Ruth Ann Harnisch is one of the executive producers of The Hunting Ground, a documentary on campus sexual assault (and whose producer/director Amy Ziering will take part in the Harnisch panel). Awesome Without Borders provides grants to projects in TWENTY-NINE different countries. In fact, for the last two years, the HF has funded a grantee EACH WEEK. I mean, wow.
We’re thrilled to continue this wild ride with the Harnisch Foundation at our side.