partners together—
for women everywhere
we support organizations that work with the goal of empowering women & girls by enabling opportunities for agency and employment, by uplifting communities, and by creating accessible resources for her mental health.
nyc founded in 2018, the kate spade new york foundation donates to causes that support women and girls’ economic empowerment, access to opportunity and pathways to stronger mental health in the nyc area and beyond.
black girls smile the kate spade new york foundation has partnered with Black Girls Smile to provide in-person and virtual mental health literacy workshops in new york through the SHE's Mentally Prepared program. SHE’s Mentally Prepared aims to increase mental health literacy, decrease mental health stigmas and increase access to mental health resources. the program provides monthly 90 minute workshops facilitated by licensed mental health providers focusing on in-depth topics that specifically impact the mental health and wellbeing of black women and girls.
girls inc of nyc the kate spade new york foundation supports Girls Inc. of NYC to scale and develop Mind Body Matters, an interactive digitized curriculum to improve the mental wellbeing of teen girls, consequently improving their academic performance and opportunity. not only have we supported the development of this curriculum, but to further this work, we have also provided grant funding to scale up Mind Body Matters across new york city using a ‘train-the-trainer” model to establish an in-service teacher training to support effective teaching practices and implement the Mind Body Matters program city wide.
girls who code the kate spade new york foundation has partnered with Girls Who Code for over 6 years to create a pipeline of future female technologists in the U.S. by supporting their Summer Immersion Program. the program teaches girls—trans, cis and non-binary students the computer science skills they need to impact their community while preparing for a tech career.
grace institute the kate spade new york foundation supports the participant engagement department of Grace Institute, which provides mental health and wellbeing resources and care to over 200 unemployed and underemployed women in new york city through their job training program. The Grace Institute provides job-skills training, counseling, placement services and continuous learning opportunities that lead to upwardly mobile employment.
international rescue
committee
the kate spade new york foundations supports the International Rescue Committee’s first formal gender-based career development program. the POWER program, serving refugee and immigrant women, provides vocational training and career development services for migrant and refugee women in new york city. women in the POWER program realize an increase net income within a year of completion.
lower east side girls club the kate spade new york foundation has supported The Lower East Side Girls Club to launch pilot years one & two of programming for their Center for Wellbeing and Happiness, which opened in 2020. with a mix of virtual and in-person programming catered to girls, their mothers, and the broader lower east side community, the center aims to strengthen and support healthy lifestyle behaviors in young adults and their families, thus reducing their health risks and improving their health outcomes.
the moth the kate spade new york foundation supports The Moth’s Young Women’s Voices Project. The Young Women’s Voices Project helps women in new york city deploy their greatest asset-their authentic voice and experiences. we also partnered with The Moth to provide women and girls with a slew of programs and workshops to shape and craft their personal stories, including high school story SLAM residencies for girls, community workshops for women and more, building their voice, confidence and power within themselves.
national council for mental wellbeing the kate spade new york foundation has provided grant funding to the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, supporting 2,500 women and girls to recognize and respond to emerging signs of mental health and substance use challenges in crisis and non-crisis situations, through the mental health first aid training. The National Council is working with local community organizations around the city, with a focus on providing training that is tailored to women and girls mental health and wellbeing.
rising tide capital through grant funding, employee volunteerism, product donation and more, we support Rising Tide Capital’s suite of programs that provide women entrepreneurs lacking access to services and resources. they receive business training, mentorship, mental health support and the financial access needed to launch and manage a successful small business. together we are working to increase the economic opportunity, agency and support the mental health of low-income women and their families.
per scholas we work with Per Scholas to help low-income women launch and succeed in tech careers. the kate spade new york foundation supports Per Scholas’ Women in Tech track- which train, certifies and advances 180+ women a year into technical job placements in new york. together we are working to address and solve the interrelated problems that have previously impeded women’s progress in the technology sector.
“with the support of the kate spade new york foundation, Rising Tide Capital has been able to concentrate on the mental resilience and wellbeing of our entrepreneurs through restorative practices and offerings, during what has been some of the most challenging years for them."
north america across north america, we partner with organizations working to empower the mental health of women and girls, particularly in the communities that kate spade new york calls home.
born this way foundation The Born This Way Foundation, supports the mental health of young people and works with them to create a kinder and braver world. The Born This Way Foundation leverages innovative programming and partnerships to model, convene, and support healthy conversations about mental wellness in order, to connect youth with evidence based resources and services that support their mental health – online and offline, and to encourage and build communities that understand and prioritize mental and emotional wellness. we also partnered with Born This Way Foundation as part of their #bekind21 campaign which calls on people all around the world to practice an act of kindness each day from september 1 – 21 each year.
crisis text line during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the kate spade new york foundation teamed up with Crisis Text Line to launch #forthefrontlines, a targeted campaign supporting the mental health of frontline medical workers feeling the immediate and ongoing effects of heavy stress brought on by covid-19.
find your anchor the goal of the Find Your Anchor movement is suicide prevention, awareness, and education.The physical form of Find Your Anchor is a small blue box packed with various materials designed to inspire, soothe and offer support. We are partnering with Find Your Anchor to bring their anchor boxes to women and girls in the US.
trevor project we’ve partnered with The Trevor Project to help end suicide among LGBTQ+ youth. As part of our partnership with The Trevor Project, our donations help to fund their critical LGBTQ+ youth community outreach, programs, and essential 24/7 crisis services. in addition to monetary support, we host internal employee engagement opportunities, to learn more about LGBTQ+ youth advocacy and share resources on how to talk about LGBTQ+ youth mental health. The Trevor Project's 1,500+ volunteer crisis counselors who provide direct support to over 150,000 LGBTQ+ youth in crisis every year, and more. in addition to partnering with the Trevor Project nationally, we also support TrevorSpace, an affirming international online community for LGBTQ young people ages 13-24.
"with the support of partners like kate spade in 2020, born this way foundation was able to recruit over 112m unique acts of kindness through #BeKind21, and donate 10k units of product." — cynthia germanotta, co-founder + president,
rwanda since 2013, we have been working in the community of masoro, rwanda. learn more about our work, and our partners.
abahizi rwanda through our on purpose collection, we partner with abahizi rwanda, a social enterprise handbag manufacturer that is an employee-owned, b-corp certified supplier. we invest in and source from abahizi — in turn, abahizi empowers the 250+ women who work there through full-time employment, mental health and wellbeing supports, trainings and counseling, plus healthcare for each employee and her family.
africa yoga project since 2018, kate spade has been partnering with Africa Yoga Project (AYP), which works to educate, empower, elevate and expand employability with youth in africa using the transformational practice of yoga. In addition, AYP specifically focuses on yoga for trauma, and has conducted research in partnership with the University of Buffalo to study the positive effects of their training on the wellbeing of participants.
africa entrepreneurship collective through our work in the masoro community, we have partnered with Inkomoko, the rwandan affiliate of African Entrepreneur Collective, offering business education, consulting, and access to affordable capital to help entrepreneurs create jobs. the partnership specifically focuses on supporting cohorts of local entrepreneurs through 2024.
Isooko Community Development as a part of our continued approach to empower local rwandan leaders to create the best impact in their community, the on purpose fund provided seed capital for the founding of Isooko Community Development, a rwandan based non-profit that supports the development of rwandan communities by empowering women and youth through comprehensive and inclusive programs focused on health, education, and economy. ICD provides access to space through the masoro sport and learning Center, tools, and resources to drive positive change and sustainable social and economic progress.
general architecture
collective
since 2015, we have partnered with General Architecture Collaborative (GAC) to design and implement our expanding activities in masoro, rwanda. we partnered with GAC because of their collaborative approach grounded in community engagement, training and education, and research and innovation.
resonate workshops we’ve partnered with Resonate to deliver leadership workshops for women and youth in both at abahizi rwanda, as well as the masoro community, where our on purpose supplier is based. together, we are working to positively impact the self-confidence, agency, and power rwandan women have over their lives.
global
trevor project we’ve partnered with The Trevor Project to help end suicide among LGBTQ+ youth. As part of our partnership with The Trevor Project, our donations help to fund their critical LGBTQ+ youth community outreach, programs, and essential 24/7 crisis services. in addition to monetary support, we host internal employee engagement opportunities, to learn more about LGBTQ+ youth advocacy and share resources on how to talk about LGBTQ+ youth mental health. The Trevor Project's 1,500+ volunteer crisis counselors who provide direct support to over 150,000 LGBTQ+ youth in crisis every year, and more. in addition to partnering with the Trevor Project nationally, we also support TrevorSpace, an affirming international online community for LGBTQ young people ages 13-24.
shout uk through our partnership with Shout UK, we support their data insights function to better understand who their female texters are, which will support in making Shout more available to and used by females aged 9-25 who experience barriers in asking for help with their mental health. these groups include black, asian, and minority ethnic, children and teenagers in the care of the state, and low-income young parents.
find your anchor the goal of the Find Your Anchor movement is suicide prevention, awareness, and education.The physical form of Find Your Anchor is a small blue box packed with various materials designed to inspire, soothe and offer support. We are partnering with Find Your Anchor to bring their anchor boxes to women and girls in the US.
“kate spade has raised awareness of Trevor's resources for LGBTQ young people, and provided necessary funds to help Trevor expand our programming to serve more LGBTQ youth in crisis.”