Our Goal

The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation supports programs and legislation that actively contribute to the safety and wellbeing of Indigenous women and girls. Systemic oppression of Indigenous women, and discrimination that is specifically rooted in colonialist mindsets, has led to the “invisibility” of Indigenous women in the public consciousness.

Due to the historical and current marginalization of Indigenous populations, men and people who perpetrate violence against Indigenous women will often face minimal or no legal consequences for their actions, due to the United States’ outdated policy on Indigenous tribal sovereignty, which makes it almost impossible for tribal law enforcement to prosecute non-Indigenous offenders. Law enforcement often dismiss many Indigenous women who are assaulted, missing, or murdered and perpetrators in countless cases walk free. This lack of accountability leads perpetrators to feel empowered to continue gender-based violence, causing the murder rate of Indigenous women in some tribal communities to be 10 times higher than the national average [1]. A separate report from the National Congress of American Indians indicates that men will sexually assault one in three Indigenous women in their lifetimes [2].

The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation seeks to address the injustices facing missing and murdered Indigenous women by providing funding to support nonprofit organizations that 1) offer dedicated programming to the goal of improving the lives of Indigenous women and girls, 2) create and/or advocate for legislation that increases accountability for men and people who commit violence against Indigenous women and girls, and/or 3) provide legal assistance to families of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

What We Look For

The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation would like to support programs and initiatives that incorporate the following components through existing guidelines:

  1. Program has direct and explicit goal of serving Indigenous women and girls through direct community programming, legal advocacy, or policy initiatives in the Monterey and Santa Cruz regions, such as those affiliated with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, Ohlone Costanoan Esselen Nation, and Esselen tribe.
  2. Program should attempt to avoid using passive language to describe gender-based violence in order to encourage accountability of those who are harming.
  3. Program access is not limited based on financial ability; programming is offered at little or no cost to participants.
  4. We look for organizations that address the unique threats to the livelihoods of Indigenous women who reside in both urban and rural areas.
  5. We look for model, high-quality programs with a record of success.
  6. There is a preference for applicant organizations for which women are the primary decision-makers.
  7. There is a preference for applicant organizations that integrate gender equity into their personnel policies, such as robust parental leave, child care, flexible work schedules, and relationship abuse workplace policies.

Please note: The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation is not afraid of the word feminism! We encourage you to openly discuss your feminist programming, goals, or approach.

To Apply


Unsolicited LOIs will not be accepted.