Why it’s Okay to Be Called a Tomboy

Tuti Scott - Monday, December 01, 2014

A colleague of mine, Liz Wolfson, started a school for girls in Colorado that has physical movement as a core component of the mission. The Girls Athletic Leadership School (GALS) curriculum is based on research showing that the more your body’s engaged, the better your mind can function.

Imagine what our lives would be like if we integrated movement, wellness, healthy foods, and athletics into every aspect of our day? In a culture where gender norms have 10-year-old girls in dresses and 10-year-old boys in football pads, we need more places where girls are encouraged to be confident and physically expressive.


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Applying a Gender Lens to Social Change Philanthropy

Tuti Scott - Monday, November 03, 2014

One of my most favorite topics to speak about is applying a gender lens in philanthropy and the non-profit sector.  The application of this lens is the concept of how we view gender when we present to others or do our work.  Imagine the sunglasses that you wear on a day filled with bright sunshine.  They change your view, as does considering how you make daily decisions can change the world for women and girls.  

Watch a clip of my address to The Miriam Fund in Boston here...

7 Practices to Focus on Individual Giving

Tuti Scott - Sunday, October 19, 2014
A number of clients and colleagues understand the value of diversifying their revenue models.  Most of these organizations have been primarily dependent on institutional giving models (i.e. recipients of grants) and are starting to explore what success looks like in the individual giving arena.  Results in this arena take time, persistence and insistence on key practices.  Here are my top seven ideas for building sustainable and engaging partnerships with individual donors.  Good luck and let me know which ones are working for you!



Equal Say: Beyond the Boardroom, the C Suite and the Legislative Office

Tuti Scott - Thursday, October 16, 2014

I had the honor to speak at the ESPNW Women + Sports Summit.  This annual gathering brought together many athletes, executives, media and sponsors as a way to create opportunity and change for women in sports.  Some of the attendees included Stacey Allaster, CEO of the Women’s Tennis Association, Beth Brooke, Global Vice Chair, Ersnt & Young, Donna Carpenter, President, Burton Snowboards, athlete star Mo’ne Davis, and Maria Shriver, journalist, producer and news anchor. 

Women’s sport has been in my blood since I was young—playing, coaching, learning and leading.  My career has been all about advocating for women’s rights both inside and outside of sports. I have had the privilege of working with Billie Jean King, Geena Davis, Donna Lopiano and Julie Foudy--all fierce leaders in women’s rights and women’s sports.  My tenure of more than 15 years at the Women’s Sports Foundation is now blended with speaking and leading in the field of social justice philanthropy.  I use a gender lens, when strategizing with clients, as a tool to direct the problem solving of inequity toward solution-based movement building. 




Powering Up for Women's Philanthropy

Tuti Scott - Friday, September 26, 2014

The Women Moving Millions Summit theme was “The story of power” and by the end I was fired up and also overwhelmed with the many ideas, facts and speakers all encouraging us to ‘power up!’   I was doing my yoga power pose, staying connected to my power posse at the Summit and beyond via social media, and finding new ways to get comfortable ‘promoting myself and my power’--something that seems to be a struggle for many women and is actually tied to our brain wiring!   A fabulous new male member of WMM asked me at dinner one night, what is important about me?  For the life of me, I was so fixated on what was important to me (advancing women and girls leadership) that I struggled to answer this question. 

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Practices for Advancing a Culture of Philanthropy

Tuti Scott - Thursday, August 21, 2014

Working with the Jewish Women's Foundations network proves to be fabulous and fruitful.  We map out the processes that best support the people who execute them, as well as the foundations and the stakeholders.  Best practices are established and utilized to create positive cultures that thrive. I offer seven ways to advance a culture of philanthropy in your fund or foundation.   

1. At each meeting, one leadership member spends up to four minutes sharing their personal story of connection to the work.  The more details of the story and the person’s connection to women’s rights/ issues of focus, the better.  Feel free to tie into your story the words Advocate, Educate, “Genderosity” or other relevant brand themes.  

2. Consider a meeting dedicated to shaping an advocacy and/or programmatic goal.  The focus is on a defined action (i.e. address FMLA in the county, join a coalition on fair pay, research safety issues and their solutions for women and their families, etc) and developing a ‘case’ for support.  Attach a financial goal to the case statement that includes staff support to administer project and support for the Executive Director. 

What I would tell my 18-year-old self

Tuti Scott - Wednesday, July 16, 2014

In the fall of 1980, as I left New Hampshire to go to Ithaca College in upstate New York, one of a handful of students in my class who would leave the state for college and the first of my siblings to pursue a four year degree, I wish I had the certainty to have known the following:

  1. That deeply loving women and being a lesbian is a magical, powerful, loving, brave, acceptable way of being in the world no matter what anyone says to you or how isolating it may feel at times.

  2. That the love you have for basketball, competing and being the coach on the floor will place you in settings you could never dream of to promote women athletes as leaders and to help shape the women’s sports movement. 

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Feminist Sport and the World Cup

Tuti Scott - Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Amidst the Men’s World Cup excitement, I had the honor of speaking at the United Nations on the role of sport in peace and development.  The topic was on women's rights and women's sports and how we can address barriers to sport participation that women must overcome.  My speech has much data about this and highlights the intelligent work of Women Win of which I am a founding Board member.   I wished we could have had a panel that addressed the World Cup media and equity issues.  Alas, we did a bit of this for a Social Good chat. 

There are so many equity topics to address: the women having to play on turf--unheard of for men’s World Cup play and highlighted by the most recent New York Times article written by Juliet Macur, “To End this Turf War, Unroll Sod”; the disparity of resources--the Men's World Cup purse (the sum of money paid to the federation/governing bodies in the countries of the winning and participating teams, such as U.S. Soccer) is $576 million and Women's World Cup purse is $7.6 million for the same number of teams and games played; the sexualization of female athletes in advertising--the ONE woman player in the McDonald’s commercial is in heels!;  the lack of women in governance—Burundi’s Lydia Nsekera is to only woman who appears on the FIFA organizational chart; the ever-present issue, as lamented by Evelyn Shoop in her piece, “Women’s Sports Are Getting Less Airtime.”                                  



Image via Women's Sports Foundation.  

Athletic Approach to Leadership

Tuti Scott - Friday, June 13, 2014

Sport is the one place where women are allowed to use their voice loudly, projecting, directing and making it known that they need help and support.  

Watch a clip of my keynote address to the Women's Foundation of Iowa with messages about the WNBA, women taking up space and how to embody being an athlete here...

UN Soccer and Sport for Peace Development

Tuti Scott - Tuesday, June 10, 2014

On June 10, 2014, I spoke at the United Nations as a Founding Board Member of Women Win.  This was an event to celebrate the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil, as a dialogue on soccer and sports for peace and development.  The text of my speech can be read below.

Tuti Scott, Women Win, Founding Board Member 
June 10, 2014 
World Cup 2014-Brazil side panel 
Speech Text

Video from Women Win site --- Linda --- How Football Saved my Life --- Aired first. Thank you to Linda for her courage and for sharing her story.  I know we are saluting the start of the men’s World Cup but this is a great story ----This image is of the Thai Women’s National Team – two weeks ago they qualified for the Women's World Cup in Canada in 2015 – FIRST Thai team ever to dos so – men or women’s! Today as we speak about sport as a development strategy consider….with this Thai World Cup team, what could be the implication for Thai women – not just in terms of football participation, but in gender expectations, roles and assumptions? http://womenwin.org

I am honored to be here on behalf of Women Win – and more importantly on behalf of the girls and women of the world who seek to explore and experience the value of sport. Women win seeks to equp adolescent girls to exercise their rights through sports.  We support rights based programming – starting with the basic premise that every person has rights and we work to help each participant learn about and realize her rights.  Knowing about her rights is not enough --- each girls must have the inner strength and self confidence to take action.  We know from decades of sports programming here in the US that sports offers many valuable skills – including increased inner strengths and self confidence. 

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Powerpoint presentation can be viewed here...


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