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  

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

"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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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

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

give them $10 million

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