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Robin Standish

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Review for Global Fund for Women, San Francisco, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the Indian sub-continent incl Bangladesh, etc.; and in Sub-Saharan Africa. Also Indonesia, the Philippines, etc.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have kept Kavita. She got Soros' attention for good reason, and during the '90's, the GFW corporate culture struck me as unusually healthy.

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & As a consultant with NGO's, I offered technical assistance (board and fund development, program design and evaluation, etc.).