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Review for Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund, New York, NY, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

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!

Role:  Volunteer & I screened applications for funds--VGIF provides grants of up to $5000 to organizations providing opportunites for women and girls. Most of the Fund's work is done by volunteers, and they can be overwhelmed by the number of applicants. Every applicaiton .