With emphasis on the physical and emotional health issues affecting women and girls and the unempowered, the Giant Steps Foundation promotes better and more health resources and opportunities; supporting educational initiatives and advocacy for public policy addressing these health issues. The features in this section highlight the impact just a few of our grantees have had in their respective fields.
A special tribute to the Womens Sports Foundation from Giant Steps' founder
(Missoula, MT )
Climate Ride is a non-profit organization that organizes fully supported, charitable bike rides to support sustainable energy solutions, bike advocacy, and environmental causes. Each year, Climate Ride holds two week-long events: Climate Ride NYC-DC and Climate Ride California. Learn more...
Pawsitive Perspectives Assistance Dogs - PawPADs
Headquartered in Savage, Minnesota, since 2008, PawPADs provides diabetic alert dogs and highly trained assistance dogs to persons with disabilities. Utilizing rescued dogs whenever possible, PawPADs incorporates the power of the human-canine bond as a therapeutic, educational, healing tool with at-risk youth, prison inmates, veterans, and others to train the dogs, while enabling persons with disabilities to lead more independent, self-reliant, and fulfilling lives with the assistance of a canine partner. Learn more...
The Square Peg Foundation
(Half Moon Bay, CA)
Established in 2004, the Square Peg Foundation teaches horsemanship to kids from different backgrounds and with differing needs. By working with horses, animals roughly 15 times larger than people, students gain confidence from the new skills they learn and improve their interpersonal skills by working together with their peers, instructors, and volunteers. In this way, Square Pegs helps students improve their self image and feel more empowered. Learn more...
Women’s Sports Foundation
(Nassau County, NY)
Founded in 1974, the Women’s Sports Foundation works to advance the lives of girls and women through sport and physical activity. By getting girls active, the Foundation hopes girls will build physically and emotionally healthier lives. The Foundation also works to fight discrimination and give women athletes a voice. A central component of the Foundation’s work is to honor outstanding individuals for athletic achievement, commitment and dedication in contributing to the growth of women’s sports. The GoGirlGo Project combines sports participation with educational intervention to address challenging issues such as drugs, body image, diversity, and stresses of being a young female.