NEW YORK (AP) -- A group of prominent U.S. foundations is launching a new fund aimed at combating sexual violence and harassment in the workplace.
The fund claimed pledges of $20 million even ahead of its public launch Thursday. It plans to direct most of its grants to programs led by and benefiting the most vulnerable categories of women -- low-income workers, migrants and women of color.
The 11 partners that have signed on so far include the Ford Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, the Conrad Hilton Foundation and the NoVo Foundation.
Organizers tell The Associated Press that some funds are coming from CBS. The money from the network was initially set aside as an exit package for former CEO Les Moonves that has been redirected due to his firing over sexual misconduct allegations.