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July 18, 2011

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July 18, 2011

As an active volunteer with Kayan-Feminist Organization, I would like to thank the Global Fund for Women for supporting all of Kayan's activities in advancing the role of Palestinian Women in Israel. It has been a pleasure working with the GFW. Many of our projects have been made possible through GFW funding, including our most recent two-day seminar for Palestinian feminist leaders of grassroots community initiatives. Thank you GFW for being our partner!

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I have seen the results of Kayan's programs, both in our Legal Department and in the Department of Community Work.

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Make no changes.

July 13, 2011

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July 13, 2011

As the former President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women, I cannot claim objectivity. I can say with confidence that the women and men who work as staff at GFW bring all their talents, intelligence, and commitment to the job. The diverse global board brings perspective from the very communities that we seek to serve. And, finally the donor community of over 23,000 individual donors - from the young girls who send GFW their birthday and bar mitzvah cheques to the senior citizens who support us on a monthly basis, create a nurturing space for innovation and change. The women leaders that the GFW makes investments in around the globe grow to become changemakers in their communities - women like Sakena Yacoobi of Afghanistan or Mu Sochua in Cambodia or Zainah Anwar in Malaysia or Patricia Guerrero in Columbia. There are no other organizations in the US that allow you such a direct connection to grassroots women working to advance the rights of women and girls in 170 countries. Over 78% of the resources go to advance the program work of the Global Fund for Women including over $8.5 million made in direct grants to local women's groups.

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I have traveled and met with women leaders all over the world and seen how the investments of the Global Fund helped build their capacity, help them strengthen their own voice and presence within their societies and outside, and advance the cause of women's rights and equality.

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Not change much, other than celebrate the new direction and vision and leadership being brought in by the incoming CEO - Musimbi Kanyoro of Kenya! I know that she will do all she can to strengthen their programs focused on young women and girls around the globe - and expand their advisory council and board to include younger leaders from the women's rights movements globally.

July 13, 2011

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July 13, 2011

What sets GFW apart from other groups: they respect their prospective grantees and it pays off: they accept applications in any language; their application forms are straight-forward, uncomplicated; their advisors are leaders from the country involved, not from the USA; and most important, they will take a risk on fledgling/ experimental groups, instead of insisting on well-established NGO's, which too often means ossified, backward-looking groups. That's why George Soros has looked to GFW for key criteria for making grants with the most leverage. I only wish I had more $ to give to the Global Fund. As it is, I spread the word about GFW every chance I get, and friends and colleagues contribute to GFW in their wills.

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the Indian sub-continent incl Bangladesh, etc.; and in Sub-Saharan Africa. Also Indonesia, the Philippines, etc.

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have kept Kavita. She got Soros' attention for good reason, and during the '90's, the GFW corporate culture struck me as unusually healthy.

July 9, 2011

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July 9, 2011

"GFW is not only a donor that supports Nazra for Feminist studies( www.nazra.org) but aslo a partner in all steps that were taken since Nazra was established 4 years ago. GFW has provided Nazra with the start point for its work and continued supporting Nazra not only by funding but with networking, resources and mentoring . In a critical time in Egypt which is witnessing a major transition into democracy. The work of Nazra is very important at that time to guarantee mainstreaming gender in policies and programmes in new Egypt"
GFW gave tremendous support and solidarity from day one of egypt revolution and till now

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women's rights field

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supporting having offices for them in the region

December 28, 2010

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December 28, 2010

My fundraising agency has served the Global Fund for Women for at least a decade, and I was personally involved in the work during the first several years. For an organization of such modest size, the Fund's reach is truly global. As the website says, "Since 1987 we have awarded over $71 million to 3,800 women's organizations in 167 countries." That's an astonishing record, and I've learned about a number of the group's well-chosen projects through contacts I've made in developing countries during extensive travels around the world for most of the past decade.

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talks with grantees around the world

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give them $10 million

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