Each year, in addition to delivering over $4 million in grantmaking, the Ms. Foundation brings together grassroots and national groups like La Voz Latina and NLIRH to learn from and network with one another, tostrategize, and ultimately, to build and strengthen powerful social movements. At the Ms. Foundation, we believe that cultivating these kinds of connections is essential to strengthening our democracy and bringing about the just and safe world we strive to create. That's why in 2008, we launched a new framework for our philanthropy, Creating Connections: Strategies for Stronger Movements. The Ms. Foundation has always linked activists and donors, and recognized the connections among the myriad issues women face in their daily lives. But today, we are supporting new and deeper connections--across race, class and gender, and across issues, constituencies and policymaking levels--to build greater power to ignite inclusive, equitable change.