posted on 04/19/2021

2020 Grantmaking Highlights

Urgent Action Fund for Feminist Activism

2020 magnified discriminations and inequalities experienced across gender identity, race, class, immigration status, and geography in ways we have never seen before. Check out our 2020 Rapid Response Grantmaking (RRG) Infographic to see how UAF responded to the moment and stood by feminist activists!

2020 was a record-breaking year for Urgent Action Fund for Feminist Activism’s grantmaking. Some 2020 highlights include:

  • We awarded the most grants, compared to any other year in our history deploying over 1.25 million to frontline human rights defenders.
  • There was a 78% increase in the # of grants made and a 64% increase in grant dollars given out from 2019 to 2020
  • Our grants supported organizations and activists across 36 countries
  • To respond to the ongoing global pandemic, we rapidly expanded the grantmaking criteria to support Covid-19 needs starting in March 2020; Covid-19 grants made up 50% of our total grantmaking for 2020, with most of the support going towards mutual aid and community assistance
  • The majority of our grants supported under-resourced and marginalized groups who were led by women, trans and non-binary community and organizations/groups that were nascent in their operations (1-5 years) and with annual budgets that are under $50,000 USD
  • Together with the Urgent Action Fund Sister Funds, we provided a brief on how trends on women and WHRDs were impacted in the context of Covid-19
  • In commemoration of Beijing +25, we made 23 grants to support feminist groups in all our regions to participate and engage in this space
  • The majority of grantees who received security grants reported being safer and secure, increasing their capacity to manage risks and threats, and maintaining the continuity of their activism as the result of our grant support

This past year reminds us of what we can accomplish when we let women, trans, and non-binary activists lead the way! To see the full 2020 Rapid Response Infographic, click here. 


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Chinyere Ezie



Chinyere Ezie is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where she advocates for racial justice, gender justice, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI+) rights, and challenges governmental abuses of power. Chinyere previously worked at the Southern Poverty Law Center where she brought cases defending the rights of LGBTQI+ Southerners. She also served as a Trial Attorney at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where she litigated employment discrimination cases and secured a $5.1 million jury verdict on behalf of workers subjected to unlawful treatment. Chinyere is a William J. Fulbright Scholar, a White House Fellows Program Regional Panelist, and a cum laude graduate of Yale University. She also received a Juris Doctorate from Columbia Law School, where she was an Alexander Hamilton Scholar and served as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Gender and Law. Chinyere serves on the Board of Directors of the Transgender Law Center and the feminist grant-making organization the Urgent Action Fund. She was also a Founding Board Member of the National Trans Bar Association.In 2018, she was named one of the nation’s Best LGBTQI+ Lawyers Under 40.