About the Foundation

The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation was founded in 2008 to create and support strategies for eliminating obstacles facing marginalized populations in order to reach gender and racial equity. We focus on intersectional feminism, improving the lives of women and girls, and promoting educational equality for all community members.


Grant Program

The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations primarily in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties – the tribal lands of the Amah Mutsun, Ohlone, Chalon, Awaswas, and Esselen nations. We look at each of the barriers that women and girls face and funding a solution for them. The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.


Our Inspiration

“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.”

Audre Lorde

“The way we imagine discrimination or disempowerment often is more complicated for people who are subjected to multiple forms of exclusion. The good news is that intersectionality provides us a way to see it.”

Kimberlé Crenshaw

“We’ve begun to raise daughters more like sons… but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters.”

Gloria Steinem

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Dominant groups often go unchallenged in society, and their power and privilege goes unexamined.”

Jackson Katz

“If it would destroy a 12-year-old boy to be called a girl, what are we then teaching him about girls?”

Tony Porter

“And there comes a time when we must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because it is right.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.


Stanford Center for Human Rights Podcast: Womxn and COVID-19

August 26th, 2020|

On June 2nd, Nicole was interviewed by the Stanford Center for Human Rights on the impact of COVID-19 on the safety and socioeconomic health of womxn in the US, including its effect on the prevalence of relationship abuse. Check out the podcast episode here: https://shows.acast.com/the-rights-pod/episodes/womxn-and-covid-19.