Join us to support the work of SEW

Dear Funder,

For the past 40 years, The Ciesla Foundation has produced documentaries about uplifting and heroic social struggles. Our films include Rosenwald, a documentary about philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, who built 5,000 schools for African Americans during the Jim Crow era, and Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg, the story of the accomplishments of Gertrude Berg and her media empire. Previous films—The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg, The Spy Behind Home Plate, and The Partisans of Vilna—tell inspiring stories about a Jewish baseball slugger, a catcher turned spy, and Jews fighting Nazis during World War II.

As we gear up for production for Pissed Off, a documentary short on female legislators achieving potty parity in Congress, The Ciesla Foundation is also launching and seeking donations for a new website, Sports Equality for Women (SEW). SEW will pull the thread on overlooked women’s sports stories and stitch together their place in the conversation. Our vision is to promote and celebrate the stories and accomplishments of women in sports, so they are acknowledged and respected by all and violated by no one. 

This year is a perfect time for our website empowering women in sports. Our nation continues to make strides towards equality both on and off the field. Nothing is more evident of this than electing Vice President Kamala Harris, the first woman of color in the White House, to the second-highest office in the United States’ 244-year history. The sports industry has also made significant strides but there is still work to be done. Women continue to carve out an invaluable place in sports as they earn major league coaching and front office positions. Despite proving they can do anything men can, many women still suffer from pay inequality and are targeted through sexism and sexual harassment. Sports stories of women’s history, accomplishments and the abuses they endure continue to be hidden behind the preferences of male sports audiences. Not anymore.

The Ciesla Foundation is a 501c (3) organization. We are now officially raising the contributions needed to fund a team of reporters, editors, graphic designers and website administrators to write copy and obtain media rights and footage to make SEW a competitive media outlet. All contributors will be listed on our website. With your generous donations to The Ciesla Foundation, our team can report on and preserve the legacy of the women punching through the heavy glass ceilings in sports and sports media. 

Any contributions to The Ciesla Foundation are tax-deductible, and checks can be made out to the Ciesla Foundation and sent to the address below. Or use the donate button to donate online. All contributors will be acknowledged on the website and categorized according to amount. We welcome all donations.

Please join us and invest in The Ciesla Foundation to amplify stories of how women in sports are fighting to be respected and acknowledged. Hopefully, the future generation of female athletes and executives will never hit glass ceilings or face sexual abuse in the sports arena. 


Aviva Kempner, Editor, SEW

The Ciesla Foundation

5005 Linnean Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20008


 To continue to produce and maintain this website and bring these rich stories to the public, our fundraising goal is $300,000 for the first year.

Tiers: Major Funder ($100,000+), Supporter ($50,000+), Donor ($25,000+), Friend ($10,000+), Fan ($1,000 and below)

Thank You For Your Support!