Cohort 4 Movement Maker Application

Move to End Violence is now reviewing applications for the fourth cohort of Movement Makers! Thank you to all who have applied.


Once selected, this cohort will join the growing community of Movement Makers (learn more about Cohorts 1, 2, and 3) working to strengthen the U.S.-based movement to end violence against all girls and women.

Through convenings, workshops, skills trainings, coaching, and a community of fellow Movement Makers and allies, participants in the fourth cohort will have a unique and transformational opportunity to powerfully contribute to a movement for social change.

Are you interested in becoming a Movement Maker?

We are looking for individuals who are hungry to explore what is needed as leaders, organizations, and as a movement in order to have great impact and who want to begin that transformation now. This group will explore intersecting forms of oppression in our lives and work and will aspire to build a movement that is committed to racial equity as an element of gender justice and committed to ending racism as a form of violence against girls and women.

Movement Makers will work collaboratively with alumni and allies – to build a strong community of change-makers with deep relationships, a shared sense of the horizon, and the commitment to moving forward together to end violence against all girls and women.

In the fourth cohort, we’ll accept 20 Movement Makers for this intensive commitment

The application phase for the fourth cohort of Movement Makers closed on June 15, 2017 at 4 p.m. ET. Read more about Who Should Apply, Program Benefits and Obligations, How to Apply, and Frequently Asked Questions are outlined below. If you prefer to review this information as documents, they are available for downloading here: Information Packet, Application and Support for Application.

Application Overview Information

Who Should Apply

The strongest applicants will be:

  • Dedicated to ending violence against girls and women – including cis, trans, and gender nonconforming;
  • Energized by what they know about the NoVo Foundation, Move to End Violence, and the work of the Movement Makers to date;
  • Movement-minded collaborators who value partnership and networked ways of working;
  • Self-reflective and in pursuit of personal growth;
  • Open to transformative work – which requires a willingness to take risks, try new things, and be uncomfortable at times;
  • Self-defined leaders;
  • Intersectional thinkers whose analysis and approach to the work seeks to address how gender, race, class, and other forms of oppression compound to create systemic barriers to ending violence against all girls and women;
  • Ready to use grace, humor, and heart to confront injustice while believing in and calling forth the best in self and others;
  • Open, forward thinkers, in search of new solutions; and
  • Strategic, creative and thoughtful around creating social change.


Movements are made up of people and organizations. We are looking for applicants who are based at – and can bring along – powerful and effective organizations.

Applicants must be housed within organizations that:

  • Support full participation of the applicant in the program by completing the Support for Application section within the application;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to ending violence against girls and women through social change; OR focus on a different aspect of social justice work (other than ending violence against girls and women), but do so using a gender lens and are strongly committed to cross-movement collaboration; and
  • Are consistent with NoVo Foundation’s mission, vision, and values.


We seek to end violence against all girls and all women and thus are committed to engaging Movement Makers working in marginalized communities, especially those being targeted in these political times. ​

Finally, in order to be considered, applicants must meet all of the eligibility requirements and be prepared to commit to the Program Requirements and Obligations (learn more in the Program Benefits and Obligations section below). 

Program Benefits and Obligations

Each cohort of Movement Makers convenes regularly over the course of two years. During these convenings, Movement Makers have the opportunity to build community, grow as leaders, and tackle hard movement questions.

By visioning together and exploring how we as individuals – along with our organizations – need to transform, Movement Makers engage with the big picture questions that are often impossible to contemplate when faced with day-to-day work.

During convenings and workshops, talented facilitators lead Movement Makers through a set of Core Program Elements, including Liberation and Equity, Transformational Leadership Development, and Movement-Building for Social Change.

We aim to create convenings that are spacious, inspiring, and transformative, because we believe that these conditions allow us to be our most creative, thoughtful, and generous with ourselves and each other.

Outside of gatherings, Movement Makers remain connected and engaged. They are part of a larger community of curious and forward-thinking movement leaders who are hungry to approach their work in new ways and to have greater impact. Movement Makers benefit from a strong network and community of alumni and allies, as well as continued investments in their leadership and skills development long after the cohort cycle has ended. They do powerful, important, and challenging work and build deep, lasting relationships while doing it.

What would I get out of participating in Move to End Violence?

  • The opportunity to participate in intensive, thought-provoking convenings in restorative locations;
  • An international* learning exchange that provides the opportunity to learn from and with allied social justice leaders; *Participants who are not able to travel internationally will help shape and participate in alternative activities in the U.S.
  • Training and facilitation by some of the country’s most renowned experts in anti-oppression work,transformational leadership development, social change, and movement building;
  • A community of peer Movement Makers invested in your growth and ideas;
    Individual coaching support;
  • Continued investment in one’s own leadership and skills development;
  • Exposure to and conversations with innovative and thought-provoking leaders; and
  • The opportunity to develop and integrate transformative practices into one’s life, work, and organization.


How would my organization benefit if I participate in Move to End Violence?

Organizations also get considerable benefits when a staff member participates in Move to End Violence. These include:

  • A two-year project grant, designed to cover the time that the participant spends on Move to End Violence, as well as additional costs for related movement building activities;
  • A three-year general operating grant to provide additional support;
  • Organizational coaching for transformation and an opportunity to apply for funds to ready your organization for deeper movement building;
  • Programming and resources designed to help integrate the learnings of Move to End Violence into your organization, including a two-day workshop on one of the Move to End Violence program fundamentals; and;
  • Staff eligibility to participate in virtual and regional workshops.

Note: Grants described above are for participating 501c3 advocacy organizations. If an individual from another type of institution (i.e. government agency or foundation) is selected for the program, organizational benefits will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Obligations & Requirements
This intensive program runs from January 2018 through December 2019. Averaged out over this 2-year period, participants should expect to spend up to 20% of their time (or one day per week) on Move to End Violence activities. This is a considerable amount of time, and we therefore ask that applicants and their organizational leaders think carefully about making this commitment.

Part of this time commitment will be spent in attendance at six convenings and two optional regional workshops:

Convening 1    January 22-26, 2018 (West Coast)
Convening 2    May 7-11, 2018 (Southeast)
Convening 3    October 22-26, 2018 (West Coast)
Convening 4    February 25-March 8, 2019 - International Learning Exchange (Central America)
Convening 5    May 13-17, 2019 (Mid-Atlantic)
Convening 6    October 21-25, 2019 (West Coast)

The two optional regional workshops (dates and locations TBA) will focus on:

  • Organizing for Social Change
  • Liberation and Equity


Other obligations will include:

Preparation for convenings; participation in webinars, conference calls, and other virtual communications; participation in structured organizational development work; individualized leadership coaching and conversations about bringing your Move to End Violence learnings back to your organization; helping to build critical mass by sharing your Move to End Violence learnings with wider audiences (presentations at staff meetings, presenting at conferences, blogs and other mechanisms); collaborating on movement building efforts; and providing feedback via written and oral evaluations.

Please read Section V: Program Commitments & Obligations of the application to learn more about the commitment you would be making if accepted as a Movement Maker.

How to apply

The application for Cohort 4 closed at 4 pm ET on June 15, 2017.

Following the application phase, finalists will be invited to interview with staff from Move to End Violence and the NoVo Foundation in July and August 2017 and to submit a grant application to the NoVo Foundation.

If you have any questions that are not answered in the existing materials, please feel free to contact us at


Frequently Asked Questions

Who should apply?

We are looking for people who are passionate about building a collaborative movement to end violence against girls and women in the United States. The goal of this program is to help transform the movement, which begins with us.  Transformational work requires us at times to stretch, be uncomfortable, and experiment. We are looking for individuals who will come to this program with openness and a willingness to try new things. To create the conditions for this kind of risk-taking, we are looking for individuals who strive to be generous with themselves and with others.

We are looking for self-defined leaders who are established in their careers (a minimum of five years working in social justice) and who anticipate that ending violence against girls and women will be a significant part of their life’s work. Applicants must be based at an organization that is committed to ending violence against girls and women and/or using a gender analysis.

For a more detailed description of who we encourage to apply, visit the Who Should Apply section of this application page. Potential applicants should also review the eligibility, attendance, and participation requirements outlined on the Program Benefits and Obligations section.

Does an applicant need to be based at an organization?

Yes. Our philosophy is that movements are made up of individuals and organizations, and therefore Move to End Violence is designed to support individual leaders and the organizations where they work. Part-time employees are welcome to apply.

We recognize that individuals working in this movement -- as independent consultants, freelancers, independent organizers, volunteers, etc. -- are invaluable, and we hope that we can connect with you through our virtual programming and regional workshops.

How will you select participants?

Participants will be selected by the NoVo Foundation.

We will evaluate the individual applicant as well as the applicant’s organization. To be eligible for consideration, organizations must align with NoVo’s mission, vision, and values. Decisions will be based on the online application, individual interviews, and other information as requested.

When will participants be announced?

Participants for the fourth cohort will be announced in November 2017.

I applied and was not accepted for a previous cohort. Can I apply for future cohorts?

Yes! If you are not selected for a cohort, you are welcome to apply for future cohorts. We also invite you to take advantage of the virtual and regional capacity building and training resources we offer.

Can more than one person from the same organization apply to the program?

There is no limit on the number of applicants who may apply from an organization. Each applicant will be judged on her or his own merits. Each applicant must submit the Support for Application from the Executive Director or Board Chair, as appropriate.

Can more than one person from the same organization participate in the program?

We place a high value on supporting the individuals and organizations that go through Move to End Violence and see a great benefit to having more than one person from an organization participate over the course of the program.

If doing so would help create the best cohort mix and would not be too great a burden on the applicants’ organization, it is possible that more than one individual from an organization could be selected to participate in the same cohort. Before inviting two people from the same organization to participate in the same cohort, Move to End Violence staff would speak with the appropriate organizational leaders.

It is perhaps more likely that individuals from the same organization will be selected for successive cohorts in order to allow the program to invest more deeply in a core group of leaders and organizations over time.

What if I am already a grantee of the NoVo Foundation?

Individuals working for organizations that are current grantees of the NoVo Foundation are encouraged to submit an application to the program. All of the benefits and responsibilities described here will apply, with the possible exception of the general support grant. Whether or not the organization will receive an additional general support grant, as well as the amount and duration of that grant, will depend on the terms of the organization’s existing NoVo grant. All decisions will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the NoVo Foundation.

What role will the NoVo Foundation play in the program?

Move to End Violence is a project of the NoVo Foundation. NoVo’s board and staff are intimately involved in the design and implementation of the program. They participate in many aspects of the convenings and some intersession work. One of the goals of Move to End Violence is to explore and practice how to shift power dynamics and build deeper relationships between funders and grantees in movement building.

Who is The Raben Group, and what do they have to do with Move to End Violence?

Move to End Violence is administered by a team of consultants working in deep partnership with staff of the NoVo Foundation. This team is based at The Raben Group, a progressive public policy consulting firm.

How long is the program?

Move to End Violence is a 10-year project, and each cohort cycle lasts about two years. Over the program’s lifetime, we expect to complete five full cohort cycles. The program is iterative, with each cohort building upon the work and thinking of those that came before. Once an individual participates in a cohort, it is our deep hope that she/he/they will exercise networked movement leadership, continue to engage with the program as alumni, and attend future movement convenings (the final convening of each cohort cycle).

What is the time commitment for Movement Makers?

Between convenings, workshops, and intersession work, the total time commitment is about one day per week for 2 years, or about 20% of a typical work week. Much of that time is during actual in-person events, such as convenings and workshops. Outside of those gatherings, Movement Makers will be responsible for light preparation for convenings, working with a leadership coach, advancing their organizational development work, sharing the learnings with organizational and movement colleagues, and providing evaluation and feedback. Movement Makers will actively engage with the Move to End Violence community over the course of the program via email, conference calls, webinars, and other movement building opportunities.

In what ways does Move to End Violence support individual participants signing up for such an intensive program?

Move to End Violence recognizes the intense commitment of this program and we are committed to accessibility. If there are ways to support individual Movement Makers, we are open and generally accommodating. We are committed to providing a meaningful learning environment for all participants and will work with individuals to make sure that their learning, physical, and other accessibility needs are met.

Move to End Violence also recognizes the systemic issue that women are often the primary caretaker in their families. While dependent care is not the only barrier to participating, it can be a very real one. If you are willing to make the intense time commitment to Move to End Violence, we want to help make it work for you. Travel support for dependents and caregivers for domestic convenings*, caregiving stipends, and other creative solutions for dependent care during convenings are available.

*Please note that dependents and caregivers are not able to accompany Movement Makers on the international convening.

What if I cannot attend one or more of the convenings?

Barring extraordinary circumstances, it is a requirement for all participants to fully participate in every cohort convening in her/his/their cycle. If you cannot commit to blocking off those dates when applying, it is recommended that you wait for the next cohort cycle.

If you are unable to travel internationally, please do not consider that a barrier to applying. We will work with Movement Makers who cannot attend the international learning exchange to develop alternative activities (reading groups, domestic site visits, etc) that will supplement the cohort’s collective experience.

What grants will my organization receive if I am selected for this program?

Participating 501c3 organizations will receive a three-year general support grant and a two-year project support grant to cover the Movement Maker’s time spent on Move to End Violence activities and related movement-building work. The amount of the grant will be determined by the NoVo Foundation. If the organization is a current grantee of the NoVo Foundation, NoVo staff will determine on a case-by-case basis if any additional general support funding will be awarded.

Additionally, each participating 501c3 advocacy organization will be eligible to apply for a grant to support organizational transformation for deeper movement-building.

Both grants would require periodic reporting and are subject to all other grantmaking guidelines of the NoVo Foundation.

If an applicant from another type of institution (i.e. government agency or foundation) is accepted into the program these grants may not apply and will be decided on a case by case basis.

What happens if I leave my organization during the course of the program?

This program is intended to operate at the individual, organizational, and movement levels. When applying for this program, applicants should genuinely anticipate staying in their current organization for the next two years. However, we know that circumstances change.

Should a participant leave her/his organization during the course of the program, decisions regarding the ongoing participation of the individual and organization will be determined based on the specific circumstances of the case. The NoVo Foundation in consultation with Move to End Violence staff will make that decision. Our priority will be on strategic investments that strengthen the movement’s capacity to effect lasting social change.

What commitment does my organization need to make in order for me to be part of this program?

Your organization needs to commit to full participation in the program, by both the individual and the organization. We require that each applicant’s Executive Director complete and sign the Support for Application form, which stipulates all of the commitments that the organization must make. If the applicant is the Executive Director, the Board Chair must give her/his/their approval.

Who should complete the Support for Application?

As part of the application, we require a Support for Application form, which cannot be completed by the applicant. Move to End Violence is an intensive undertaking for both the applicant and their organization. The purpose of the Support for Application form is to ensure that an applicant’s organizational leadership understands and is ready to make these commitments. Move to End Violence is also interested in better understanding the organization’s commitment to movement building.

If the applicant is the Executive Director, then the organization’s Board Chair should complete the form.

If not, the Executive Director of the applicant’s organization should complete the Support for Application.

In some rare instances, someone other than the Executive Director or Board Chair may fill out the application (e.g. the applicant is based in a government agency or is applying on behalf of a program or division of a much larger organization). When making this determination, it’s helpful to think about to whom the applicant is accountable regarding time management, responsibilities, and priorities; and the degree to which the potential signer has autonomy within the organization to receive grant funds and make decisions about how to utilize resources. If you believe you fit into one of these rare circumstances, you are welcome to reach us at

What if my Executive Director or Board Chair does not support my application?

This program is highly intensive and requires time, energy, and resources from both the individual and the organization. You need to be supported in freeing up your time to fully participate and you need organizational buy-in to share back the learnings with your colleagues to ensure that the benefit of this experience extends to a critical mass of leaders beyond you. Therefore, we can only consider applicants who demonstrate total and complete support from their organizational leadership.

Your mission is to end violence against all girls and women. Is Move to End Violence inclusive of queer, trans, and gender nonconforming folks?

Yes—this is fundamental to our values. We are deeply committed to ensuring that Move to End Violence is an inclusive and welcoming space for trans and gender nonconforming folks.

From the beginning, we have deliberately centered girls and women in order to focus on the root causes of gender-based violence in a misogynistic and patriarchal society. Our commitment to ending violence encompasses all manifestations of violence, including gender-based violence experienced every day by trans and gender nonconforming people. In particular, trans women of color experience devastating violence as a direct result of living at the intersections of misogyny, racism, and transphobia.

Together, guided by the overall mission of the NoVo Foundation, we are working to build a world where all girls, all women, and all gender nonconforming people can live free from violence and discrimination.


Here’s a visual snapshot of the Movement Maker experience for Cycle 4.




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