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March 9, 2011

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March 9, 2011

VGIF is a renowned non-profit organization majoring in supporting girl child and women's issues. I was introduced to VGIF by the IFUW (www.ifuw.org) in the late nineties. In the early 2000s, my organization, Nigerian Association of University Women (NAUW), Ikeja Branch applied for a grant and we were awarded $5,000 to empower teenagers. This grant turned out to be life saving because of the skills our teenagers received which impacted their career goals. I now serve as a grant pre- reviewer for VGIF. I highly recommend VGIF to philanthropists, this is a good place to impact the world.

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the lives of the teenagers the grant they gave helped empower.

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increase the budget exponentially.

March 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
March 9, 2011

I recently became acquainted with the the Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund when I volunteered to help with preliminary review of applications for VGIF funds. The organization deals exclusively with proposals that will benefit women and girls experiencing deprivation. Because their grants are small compared to those of some organizations, they reach underserved populations with few avenues to better themselves. I read requests for such things as funds to buy bunk beds for a girls school in Kenya, so that girls who lived too far from the school could board during the week, and a request for funds to buy a modest grain mill so women could process wheat for added value on the market. Many of the requests came from groups supporting AIDS orphans. Each request was accompanied by an implementation plan. As I came to know VGIF, I appreciated the fact that they address specific problems in a concrete way. Their follow-up assures me that the funds they provide go to the intended work and don't get siphoned off into someone's pocket. More power to them!

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Once the final decisions were made by the board regarding the allocation of funds, I received that information. It was nice to be kept in the loop.

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I think it is doing a stellar job. This year the documentation provided along with applications was streamlined and clarified. That was very helpful. The process is now user-friendly.

May 25, 2010

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May 25, 2010

In the fall of 2008 I began volunteering at VGIF. After discovering the wonderful work this mainly volunteer organization does, I became more invested in the empowerment of women and girls in developing countries. Currently I work as Grants Assistant and correspond with current, past and prospective grantees. This job gives me a vision of how funding at the grassroots level can truly impact a whole village. VGIF funds remote, often tiny organizations but the impact is anything but. Each day I smile from reading about a successful health seminar, textile workshop, installation of a water well, etc.

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their continued encouragement for me to grow and explore in the NGO sect!

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 17, 2010

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May 17, 2010

In November 2010 I had the opportunity to travel to Nepal and India where I met with grantees in Kathmandu and in Kolkata. We visited Project 5-O Calcutta, a project for which VGIF was the first funder in 1983. It continues to be a thriving community project where children are educated, mothers acquire literacy and vocational skills, and - with the latest project - families get in-door latrines. We also met with 2 project grantees from the south of India. In both cases, the initial VGIF grant has been multiplied - the women are generating incomes and are able to educate their children. VGIF is making a difference in the lives of women and girls worldwide through its micro-grants. It is a volunteer run organization, with just 2 paid employees and it gets its funds from a network of donors worldwide.

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my travels to India and in conversations with women from other developing countries.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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