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  

Nuestra organizacion Envejecer en Armonia, Inc. recibio donativos de Global Fund for Women que nos permitieron comenzar hace dos anos el trabajo de violencia domestica y agresion sexual en mujeres de edad avanzada, siendo en Puerto Rico la unica organizacion que trabaja con el tema. Estamos muy agradecidas por el apoyo y la solidaridad con que siempre han apoyado nuestros proyectos de mujeres en el area rural montanosa de la isla de Puerto Rico. Aida Iris Cruz Alicea, Presidenta Junta Consultiva

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

Akili Dada, a women's leadership organization based in Kenya, has been a grantee of the Global Fund since 2010. We are honored to be recognized and supported by an organization that furthers women's rights around the world. As a startup nonprofit, we have been working on entering the next phase of our story - as we serve more and more young women in Kenya with leadership training, we are proud to know that Global Fund for Women upholds the work we do. They helped fund our 1st annual strategic planning retreat in July 2010 and contributed again this year for an organizational development retreat for our women-led organization. The retreat brought together our staff (from Kenya and the U.S.), board members (from U.S., Kenya, and Uganda), scholars who have received our leadership training, and advisory council members. The result was an intensive and productive session of planning and strategizing.

We look forward to continuing to strengthen our ties with Global Fund as our two organizations work to empower women around the world.

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I've personally experience the results of this organization through the incredible support Akili Dada has received from Global Fund for Women and the feeling of community that has come from being a GFW grantee. They have contributed financially to Akili Dada but have also been wonderful supporters through online media and personal contacts. They clearly live the values they promote, and I appreciate their dedication, integrity, and tenacity.

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

not change anything.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Global Fund for Women has graciously funded some of Roots of Health's work with women and children in the Philippines. The organization seems truly interested in our work and we really appreciate the fact that they are willing to fund existing projects. When contacted their staff have been friendly and efficient. As a grantee our organization, we have also received a list of possible donors, which has been helpful in our fundraising efforts.

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

that their donation has allowed us to continue our work in under-served communities in the Philippines. With it we have been able to keep providing reproductive health classes to mothers and teens, clinical services, nutritional support to the women and young people that we serve. Thank you GFW!

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

provide them with more staff, in order to expedite the application process.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Online.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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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: 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  

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!

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

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

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

Make no changes.

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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

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

women's rights field

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

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.

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

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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