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  

The organization I write about is the Alif Laila Book Bus Society in Lahore, Pakistan. The Global Fund for Women has supported our work and believed in our cause of innovative education for young girls for close to two decades. We have found this support holding us up at crucial financial times repeatedly! A truly empathic organization!


Basarat Kazim

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

It is one of the most supportive organizations to the women's movement I have ever known. GFW has amazing sisterhood approach to the women and women's organizations around the world and their input to positive changes of women is great. I have known this organization for 10 years and admire their work, energy and enthusiasm. I am very happy and proud to be a member of big GFW family.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Yevgeniya Kozyreva: Global Found for Women is one of few structures in the world which purposefully and on a regular basis supports women's groups working on promotion of the female rights. At support Global Found for Women our group had an opportunity to organize women's organizations of Kazakhstan for a writing of the first and second alternative reports under the CEDAW Convention; to develop the bill « About the equal rights for women and men of Republic Kazakhstan » and to lobby for its acceptance in Parliament. This progressive, vital work for citizens of our country would be impossible without advisory and financial support Global Found for Women.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Global Fund for Women is a well-known organization in the region of South Caucasus. It is known as an organization assisting local women’s organizations and initiative groups to develop their capacities and through that to empower other women in the region. With the assistance of Global Fund for Women many women in Armenia developed their career skills, found jobs, have participated in the trainings on women’s rights and initiated their own projects and activities. The presence of GFW in our region is making a real difference and bringing very positive changes in the lifestyles of ordinary women. Thank you for empowering women and making them stronger!

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Partiicpating at the conferences. Supervising local projects.

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

Develop more networks among women's organization working in the same region, for example, Eastern Europe.

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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: 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.

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Bring it closer to us :-)

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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.

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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.

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

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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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