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Global Fund for Women

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Causes: Civil Rights, Economic Development, International, International Economic Development, International Human Rights, Microfinance, Women, Womens Rights

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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3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

I was inspired to first donate to the Global Fund for Women over 25 years ago. It has grown with grace and integrity, reaching out to women everywhere, offering support through grants and leading by example. The work they do throughout the world is vital to our future. I trust the Global Fund to wisely use my donation to improve women's lives, so they may nurture themselves, their children and the planet.

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Rating: 5

I have contributed to the Global Fund since 1986, when I first heard one of the Founders speak at the HP Technical Women's Conference. I was so inspired by her compelling presentation. The realization that I was/am one of a very small number of educated, privileged technical women, (then sitting in the air-conditioned comfort of a convention center in the San Francisco Bay area), while so many millions of women around the world have so little and struggle every day has never left me. The Global Fund has been hard at work during these last 25 years. Their relationships and communication with their donors and recipients is thoughtful, thorough, respectful and positive. The Global Fund changes lives and gets results. Women and children are better for it.

2 Connie A.


Rating: 5

I have been a long-time donor to Global Fund for Women. I LOVE this organization!! They operate with the highest integrity and commitment to women around the world, of which there are many who are making immense contributions not only to women in their region but also to women in their country!