CBS Pledges $20 Million to Fight Sexual Harassment — Here’s Who Will Get the Money, and Where It’s Coming From

Dec 14, 2018  •  Post A Comment

CBS announced today that it will disburse $20 million to work toward the elimination of sexual harassment in the workplace, with the money going to 18 organizations.

“These organizations represent different critical approaches to combatting sexual harassment, including efforts to change culture and improve gender equity in the workplace, train and educate employees, and provide victims with services and support,” the company said. “CBS’ support of these endeavors ties into the Company’s ongoing commitment to strengthening its own workplace culture.”

The funds will go toward helping the groups expand their existing work and develop new programs, CBS noted.

Here is the list of organizations:

  • Catalyst
  • Collaborative Fund for Women’s Safety and Dignity (Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors)– re-granting
  • Free the Bid
  • Freedom Forum Institute — Power Shift Project
  • Futures Without Violence
  • Girls for Gender Equity / ‘me too.’ Movement
  • International Women’s Media Foundation
  • National Women’s Law Center
  • New York Women’s Foundation – re-granting
  • Press Forward
  • Producers Guild of America Foundation
  • STRIVE International
  • Sundance Institute’s Momentum program
  • TIME’S UP Entertainment
  • TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund
  • Women in Film Los Angeles
  • Women’s Media Center

“CBS will give a portion of the grant to two organizations, the Collaborative Fund for Women’s Safety and Dignity (through Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors) and the New York Women’s Foundation, in order to disburse smaller grants to additional organizations,” the company noted.

CBS noted that it worked with the issue-driven communications firm RALLY to determine the criteria and strategy for the funding. “The resulting strategy takes three approaches to creating safer and more equitable workplaces: increasing the number of women in positions of power, promoting education and culture change, and supporting victims of harassment and assault,” CBS said.

The company noted that the grant announcement is part of its separation agreement with former CEO Leslie Moonves, and that the agreement “states the donation was deducted from any severance benefits that may be due to him.”


  1. Throwing money at the problem won’t solve it.

  2. It may not solve it, but it will employ a lot of women who have been held back, by their sex, and at a level equal to men in similar organizations.

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