Global Fund for Women

Rating: 4.85 stars   26 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, International, Women, Economic Development, Microfinance

Location: 222 Sutter St., Ste 500 San Francisco CA 94108 USA

Mission: The Global Fund for Women plays a leading role in advancing women’s rights by making grants that support and strengthen women’s groups around the world. We mobilize and redistribute resources that enable women to develop creative solutions to local, regional, and transnational challenges. We bring grantees and donors together in an international network that promotes women’s action for social change, equality, peace, and justice worldwide.
Programs: The Global Fund is honored to work in a supportive, trust-based partnership with women's rights organizations in nearly 200 countries. The extraordinary courage, perseverance and leadership of these groups advance the international women's movement and promote social justice worldwide. Our grants range from $500 to a maximum annual grant of $30,000. We primarily provide flexible, general support grants that address universal issues such as reproductive health and choice, access to education, economic independence, political participation, the rights of sexual minorities and the prevention of violence against women and girls. To help link women's rights groups outside the United States, the Global Fund also funds a limited number of small, time-sensitive grants to participants and organizers of conferences that bring together and build the capacity of women's rights activists. The Global Fund organizes its grantmaking into five geographic regions (Sub-Saharan Africa, the Americas, Asia and Oceania, Europe and Central Asia & the Middle East and North Africa) and six themes (Advancing Health and Sexual and Reproductive Rights, Building Peace and Ending Gender-Based Violence, Ensuring Economic and Environmental Justice, Expanding Civic and Political Participation, Access to Education & Fostering Social Change Philanthropy).
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Rating: 5 stars  

Global Fund for Women for many years has been helping women in my part of the world i.e. Central and Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union. Their activity is deeply valued by women in such countries as Poland, Ukraine or Georgia as Global Fund is supporting feminist initiatives, also those not formally registered and those acting on a grass-root level. They were working with women in our region when we were in a transition period after the fall of totalitarian regimes and also now when because of the economic crisis only the biggest organizations are able to meet the requirements of the European funding. An example of a project funded by the Global Fund is South Baltic - Violence Free Zone which allowed to create better support for women victims of domestic violence in our region. The process of granting the funds is very open and transparent and I have often heard that the Global Fund is more a group of friends for the women's groups than a founder.

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Observing the effects of the GFW funding I can see how many organizations could survive, develop new capacities or travel to learn new skills and to build networks. The GFW is a true feminist funder which really cares about women and is a partner not a beurocratic distributor of grants.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more funds to distribute!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Global Fund for Women is a wonderful organization that supports women's advocacy organizations around the world. What makes their work unique is the way that they connect women's organizations that are doing innovative work to uplift marginalized women with the necessary funds to further enhance their capacity to initiate change. Rather than choosing to fund projects or groups that are of interest to them, they really listen to what women leaders around the world are saying they need and envision. Global Fund for Women decides to support the solutions and initiatives that have been locally innovated by women's groups. More non-profits should follow their model--listening to and supporting local women's initiatives--rather than trying to design their own initiatives from afar, lacking a whole, integrated understanding of the complex issues that affect women's human rights.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the work that I do. I work with local women's groups who are creating solutions to issues of climate change, food, land, and water around the world, and I recognize that if we can find a way--as Global Fund for Women has--to connect innovative women leaders with better resources, these women can be true trailblazers of change.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase their available funds!

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Rating: 4 stars  

The GFW is the best funder for women's organizations. It is trustful, reliable, fair. This is an organization that makes you feel important and visible in all parts of the world even if you are from a small and new NGO. They manage to support so many women from so much different backgrounds...sometimes I thing the women's organizations from the CEE survive only thanks to the continuing suport of the GFW.

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I have been working with them for more than 12 years both as grantee and advisor and I have always admired them for their commitment and fair partnership.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Bring it closer to us :-)

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Rating: 5 stars  

I work with Inkworks Press, a worker-owned and collectively managed printing company in Berkeley. We have printed for Global Fund for Women for many years, and deeply appreciate working with them. Not only is their mission consistent with ours, but they're delightful people to work with. We'd love more customers like them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've not experienced their results, just worked with them.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money to do their work.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I can't talk about Global Fund for Women without talking about people there. In last seven years that I'm part of Reconstruction Women's Fund from Serbia and continuously cooperate with GWF, I had a chance to meet 3 Program Directors and 2 Program Officers for Europe and Central Asia (Annie, Angelika, Violeta, Katka, Betsy) and to be amazed with the enthusiasm, energy, creativity, dedication, wisdom, strong feminist politics that I saw in each of them. If GWF respects such a human/woman values that these people bring with themselves, I'm not surprised that they are the champions of the global social change.

GO FOR IT!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In continuous support to AUTONOMY of women's organizations in Serbia, which is one of the most precious thing that one foundation can do.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Based on my personal experience with GWF, I wouldn't change anything. I would always advice the constant introspection and self-critique in the sake of "not resting on our laurels", but I would never forget to constantly applaud to such a great things that we all together did so far.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been acquainted with people of GFW for 11 years already, in a variety of positions: trainee, country advisor, colleague, grantee. In my perspective, GEW's special merit is that She manages to maintain an unbroken link between ultimate receivers and the elite of global women's movement. If we extend this chain with including donors of GFW, we will see that She supports both ends in their activity for such a worthy cause as ensuring rights and freedoms of the majority and democracy building worldwide. It is important to emphasize specially that GEW understands the specifics of the region of Eastern Europe and countries of post-Soviet space and has been contributing to the empowerment of women and girls for many years. GFW recognized the inportance of grasssroots level participation in the process of democracy building and has been supporting rural women's groups to the present.

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I have special closeness with GFW as their contribution in the development of women's movement in Georgia always increased the successfulness of the activism of our organization; besides we have been grantee of GFW and experienced womderful partnership based on mutual understanding and complete trust.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

This is not a case when I would want to interfere with any changes.

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Rating: 3 stars  

When we decided to found the Bulgarian Fund for Women back in the year 2004, we needed an organization that would serve as a bright example to us with its work and impact.Global Fund for Women was exactly what we needed-it changes minds in order to change lives, it empowers women and girls, it spreads feminism worldwidely. This is exactly what we decided to do and are still trying to accomplish in our small and faraway country.
In 2005 we recived our first support from the Global Fund for Women-not only financial though. We were encouraged and inspired and now, in year 2011, we are still inspired by the GFW. We stand right behind you as you, girls, always stood there for us. Because this is what real sisters do.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

our Fund's accomplishments which all were inspired by the GFW.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it more recognizable all over the world.

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Rating: 4 stars  

As an activist working in NGO in Central and Eastern Europe and Cetral Asia I must say that the support of Global Fund contributed to the strengthening of the feminist movement in our region. There are very few and less Foundations who support organizations in the CEE and CA countries.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

financial and moral support

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Even more funding for Central and Eastern Europe

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Rating: 5 stars  

I joined the big GFW family in 2002 and I think it was a crucial moment in my life. From the very beginning I was amazed by the warmth and sisterhood spirit inside the organization. Tight communication slowly turned my interest to women's rights to the professional passion and commitment, which I fully applied in my home country Azerbaijan. What I like most of all in this organization is the fact that GFW is not only donor, but a real supporter to the numerous women's organizations around the world. The forms of support can vary from a campaign initiative up to the specific capacity-building initiative. For these 9 years I cannot help admiring the variety of approaches and flexibility of GFW, which I think, is breaking stereotype of "donor's own priorities", as GFW not only "listens", but also "hears" the concerns and, therefore, can meet the women's needs on a very efficient manner.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a) EMPOWERING women around the world; b) making the wider public aware of the women's rights challenges and solutions; c) building women's networks and connecting women's rights activists, namely the informal networking initiatives in Europe and Central Asia.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

contribute to expanding their outreach to different parts of the world and support their fund-raising initiatives.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

As a graphic design professional serving non-profits and small community organizations, it is a pleasure to work with such an exceptional organization. GFW gives me the opportunity to learn about the atrocities and the positive movements in international women's rights. They are a truly inspiration group, and I feel fortunate to be part of the extended family.

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As a woman, it is empowering to know that this organization is doing such relevant work out in the world. The opportunities that GFW provides women in need is awesome.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I'm not sure what I would change about GFW.

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