Women & Philanthropy Presents 2004 Lead Award To Kavita N. Ramdas

WASHINGTON DC – Women & Philanthropy (W&P) is proud to announce the selection of Kavita N. Ramdas, President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women, for its highest honor: The LEAD Award (Leadership for Equity and Diversity).

The LEAD Award is presented by Women & Philanthropy to individuals representing foundations or corporate giving programs in recognition of significant accomplishments in developing and supporting creative programs or practices that promote equity and diversity for women and girls. The 8th Annual LEAD Award honors Ms. Ramdas' championship and commitment to funding for the global human rights of women and girls.

Kimberly Otis, President and CEO of Women & Philanthropy, remarks that, "2004 is an especially timely year for Kavita to receive the LEAD Award, given her remarkable global leadership during such dangerous and threatening times for women and girls around the world. She reminds us that women's philanthropy provides visionary hope and real results in the face of overwhelming challenges." The LEAD Award will be presented at Women & Philanthropy's 27th Annual Meeting: "Global Leadership for a New World" on April 25, 2004 in Toronto, Canada. The 8th Annual LEAD Award is accompanied by a gift of $10,000.

Kavita N. Ramdas has a notable history of leadership in the field of philanthropy. She has dedicated the last seven years as the President of the Global Fund for Women, now the largest foundation in the world focused exclusively on women and girls. Through her work at the Global Fund for Women, Ms. Ramdas pushed the boundaries of traditional grantmaking by focusing funding on issues such as women's empowerment, the elimination of trafficking and slavery of women and girls, and reproductive and sexual rights.

It is through her innovation, tireless advocacy, and strategic leadership, that Kavita has raised the profile of the Global Fund for Women to new levels. Kavita serves on the Board of Trustees of Mount Holyoke College; she also serves on the Boards of the Rural Development Institute in Seattle, Washington; the Alan Guttmacher Institute in New York; and Women's Edge in Washington, DC. She is a founding Board Member and past chair of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), and is a past Board Member of Women & Philanthropy. Prior to joining the Global Fund for Women, Kavita worked as a Program Officer with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on both domestic and international programs in economic development and population issues. "I am honored and moved to be recognized in this manner by my peers. The award should honestly go to everyone at the Global Fund for Women—especially my dedicated colleagues on the staff and the Board. I am privileged to do this work and fortunate to accept this award on behalf of the thousands of women's rights groups that the Global Fund for Women supports around the world," said Ramdas upon notification of the LEAD Award.

Kavita N. Ramdas joins a prestigious group of LEAD Award alumni. Former recipients include Susan Berresford, President of the Ford Foundation (1997 winner), Jean E. Fairfax, Trustee of the Arizona Community Foundation and her own family foundation (1998), Marie C. Wilson, President of the Ms. Foundation for Women (1999), Katherine Acey, Executive Director of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice (2000), Susan Notkin, former Director of the Program for Children at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation (2001), Jai Lee Wong, former Senior Program Officer at The California Endowment (2001), Jing Lyman, Trustee of the Enterprise Foundation (2002), and John Kostishack, Executive Director of the Otto Bremer Foundation (2003).

The funding for this award comes from an award endowment established by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The concept for the award emerged from the Platform for Action, created at the historic 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China.

About Women & Philanthropy
Women & Philanthropy's mission is to provide leadership for foundations and philanthropists to create a more caring and just world through the full engagement of women and girls. With 500 active members, Women & Philanthropy is one of the oldest and largest national organizations in the field of philanthropy dedicated to issues affecting women and girls and social change funding. Women & Philanthropy's goal is to advance women's leadership and diversity in the field of philanthropy in order to achieve social change.

About the Global Fund for Women
The Global Fund for Women is a nonprofit grantmaking foundation that supports women's rights organizations in every part of the world. It is the largest foundation in the world that focuses exclusively on international women's rights. The Global Fund for Women envisions a just and democratic world where women and men participate equally in all aspects of society. Grants support women's organizations working to protect women from violence, increase girls' access to education, and improve economic opportunity. Since 1987, the Global Fund has given nearly $34 million to seed, strengthen and link 2394 groups in 160 countries. More information is available in 8 languages at www.globalfundforwomen.org .


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