Organizational Profile: Global Fund for Women

by Reeti Roy Mar 26, 2010
Are you a women’s organization in need of funds? If so, Global Fund for Women may be perfect for you.

Global Fund For Women (GFW) is a non-profit grant making foundation that supports women’s groups around the globe. GFW believes the world will be a more just, peaceful, and sustainable place when women are given the opportunity to claim their rights as equal participants in the private as well as the public sphere.

GFW works towards providing economic security, ending violence against women, encouraging education, safeguarding health, and fostering leadership.

Founded in 1987 by Anne Firth Murray, Frances Kissling, and Laura Lederer, GFW started as an initiative which recognized the lack of resources for women – something that would be instrumental in empowering women the world over.

23 years later, Kavita N. Ramdas, President and CEO of the Global Fund For Women, and her team continue to support organizations in 170 countries, including China, Serbia, South Africa, India, Fiji, and Nigaragua.

The organization has an active Twitter account, posting updates about their outreach programs and grantee foundations. GFW encourages volunteers to raise funds in a variety of ways. For instance, you could host a party and talk about GFW’s work and how they help bring about positive social change.

Global Fund for Women offers grants to organizations based outside the U.S. It does not grant money to individuals or to organizations which do not have any women at or near the helm. Organizations approaching GFW need to be managed by women and for women. GFW is not supported by any national or international governments, but by individual donors.

Visit their donor page for more information.

You can also watch a PBS video of Kavita Ramdas talking about Global Fund For Women.

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Looking for other ways to fund your NGO or non-profit? Read How to Fund Your Start-up Org for more ideas!

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