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March 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
March 22, 2011

Asociación Alforjas is very grateful to VGIF because thanks to the grant we have been able to develop a project to give support to original weavers from Argentina.

This project gave artisans the possibility to have access to better quality raw material, more equipment as well as improve
marketing strategies thus, enhancing their works quality and making their activity known.

Asociación Alforjas has found in VGIF clever interpreters capable to understand the problematic stated and with ability to make comments and suggestions which have been very useful to us.

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In our experience, we proved that the assistance given to the project helps to improve life quality and selfesteem of women involved.

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We consider that VGIF deserves to be supported in their efficient as well as transparent job.

March 20, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
March 20, 2011

In 2009 I began reading 35 grant proposals for up to $5000 for very concrete measurable and useful projects mainly to benefit women and girls in the developing world. After being a preliminary reader for two years I am now on the Project Grants Committee which selects the projects chosen to be funded. Each of more than 300 applications is read by from 3 - 6 readers until there are about 40 finalists, from which nearly 30 projects are selected to fund each year since 1986, The tiny staff (2-3 people) manages the grants, the reporting, the site visits and the evaluations. All of the large number of Board members are volunteers. Projects such as learning to raise chickens or sheep or fruits or grains involve beneficiaries teaching others. Some transform village life and some grants save lives through educating about women's/girls rights and educating about HIV/AIDS. Many of the recipients over the years have applied from African and Indian countries, often hearing about VGIF by word of mouth. GuideStar has referred many of applicants to VGIF. People in Latin America and Asia are just beginning to hear about VGIF.

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serving on the Board of Directors for 3 years

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Try to find a way to provide more grants per year.

March 16, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
March 16, 2011

I am a volunteer, donor and Board member of what I consider one of the best run organizations based in the US. In its 40-year history VGIF has given over $1 million US dollars to projects empowering women and girls in developing countries -- all from large and small donations given by ordinary ciizens. It is quite an accomplishment.

I am impressed to see how small sums of $5000 can make a difference in women's lives. Most of the projects help women and girls to learn how to help themselves in a world that is not always receptive to them. When I hear and see the successes created by these small grants I know my enery is in the right place!

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I met one of our site managers who we invited to come to the UN for the Commission on the Status of Women's 55th session, dealing with women in technology. She brought girls and their teachers to Suva (Fiji) three times to help eliminate the three times. Her impact has changed the face of the University student body to include many more girls in these fields and raised their expectations of their futures. If all our projects are as successful we have achieved a lot.

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Add more staff to make more things possible.

March 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
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

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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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2010

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