Eileen strongly believes each of
us has the ability to lead—in
our personal lives, the workplace and
our communities. There are many ways
to lead, many styles of leadership
and many kinds of effective leaders.
Bold or introspective, outgoing or
imaginative, we each have the potential
to make a difference.
"I believe that self-exploration holds the key to unlock great possibilities, both for individual growth and connection with others. In my own life, I've found that the more I engage in this work, the more strength I have to voice what matters most to me and to create a positive impact. I want more women and girls to have access to new ways of learning about themselves—what lights them up and what enlivens all of us."
By activating the natural leadership qualities within women and girls, they are
able to find their voices, build inner strength and develop the confidence to
pursue what really matters.
For our current grant cycle, which began in 2010, EILEEN FISHER will
fund programs that activate leadership qualities in women and girls. We are
particularly interested in programs that:
- bring about self-discovery and personal transformation
- help women and/or girls find their inner strength and trust their intuition
- address any phase of a woman's and/or girl's life
Our grant program has reviewed applications from nonprofit organizations in
four annual cycles along the following themes:
Year 1 (2010): Achieving Personal Transformation
Year 2 (2011): Applying Leadership Attributes
Years 3 and 4 (2012 and 2013): Leading for Impact
EILEEN FISHER is pleased to announce that the Activating Leadership grant
program will be extended for an additional year with a focus on Achieving
Personal Transformation. The decision to continue this grant program into
2014 is a response to Eileen's ongoing interest in personal transformation and
a deep understanding of the impact of leadership programs on the growth and
development of women and girls.
Our grant program will review applications from nonprofit organizations along
the following theme:
Year 5 (2014): Achieving Personal Transformation
What We Look For
Each year, grants of $5,000 or more are awarded, including grants for general
support and seed funding for grassroots organizations. Grants are open to any
applying organization, not just those who have received a grant previously. All
organizations must reapply each year. The receipt of an Activating Leadership
Grant in a previous year does not automatically qualify an organization for a
grant in a succeeding year.
In our search for 501(c)(3) nonprofit community partners: we will give
preference to organizations that:
How To Apply
- show an innovative, holistic, effective and direct approach to activating
leadership among women and/or girls
- form partnerships with other community organizations for deeper impact
- demonstrate the long-term sustainability and viability of the organization
- show a clear need for the funds and a plan for their use
- demonstrate a long-term commitment to their work
- establish resonance with the EILEEN FISHER company mission and
- are located near the EILEEN FISHER offices, retail stores or showrooms or,
if outside the United States, via U.S.-based charities only.
Applications are only accepted online. Paper applications will not be
accepted. The 2014 application process will open on June 3. All applications
must be received no later than 12:00 noon EST, July 22, 2014. They will
be reviewed by a committee of EILEEN FISHER employees in a three-stage
- Stage 1 (summer): Semifinalists selected.
- Stage 2 (summer/fall): Finalists selected and asked to submit additional
application information. Interviews will be conducted via phone calls or site
- Stage 3 (late fall): Grantees selected
Due to the volume of applications, we regret that we are unable to respond to
individual inquiries. Before applying, please review our guidelines, criteria and
themes to make sure you are qualified on all points. Only candidates that meet
the specifications should apply.
The 2014 Activating Leadership Grant application is now closed. Please check
back in Spring 2015 for information about future grant cycles.