Global Fund for Women is a wonderful organization that supports women's advocacy organizations around the world. What makes their work unique is the way that they connect women's organizations that are doing innovative work to uplift marginalized women with the necessary funds to further enhance their capacity to initiate change. Rather than choosing to fund projects or groups that are of interest to them, they really listen to what women leaders around the world are saying they need and envision. Global Fund for Women decides to support the solutions and initiatives that have been locally innovated by women's groups. More non-profits should follow their model--listening to and supporting local women's initiatives--rather than trying to design their own initiatives from afar, lacking a whole, integrated understanding of the complex issues that affect women's human rights.
When we decided to found the Bulgarian Fund for Women back in the year 2004, we needed an organization that would serve as a bright example to us with its work and impact.Global Fund for Women was exactly what we needed-it changes minds in order to change lives, it empowers women and girls, it spreads feminism worldwidely. This is exactly what we decided to do and are still trying to accomplish in our small and faraway country.
In 2005 we recived our first support from the Global Fund for Women-not only financial though. We were encouraged and inspired and now, in year 2011, we are still inspired by the GFW. We stand right behind you as you, girls, always stood there for us. Because this is what real sisters do.
As a graphic design professional serving non-profits and small community organizations, it is a pleasure to work with such an exceptional organization. GFW gives me the opportunity to learn about the atrocities and the positive movements in international women's rights. They are a truly inspiration group, and I feel fortunate to be part of the extended family.
What sets GFW apart from other groups: they respect their prospective grantees and it pays off: they accept applications in any language; their application forms are straight-forward, uncomplicated; their advisors are leaders from the country involved, not from the USA; and most important, they will take a risk on fledgling/ experimental groups, instead of insisting on well-established NGO's, which too often means ossified, backward-looking groups. That's why George Soros has looked to GFW for key criteria for making grants with the most leverage. I only wish I had more $ to give to the Global Fund. As it is, I spread the word about GFW every chance I get, and friends and colleagues contribute to GFW in their wills.