Before it became popular in U.S. philanthropy, Gladys "Patsy" Pulitzer Preston had already laid the foundation for investing in girls education. While we mourn her passing, we celebrate her life as a revolutionary philanthropist and tireless advocate for women and girls.
“I am so proud to be part of the Global Fund,” Patsy said in a voicemail message to our CEO, Musimbi Kanyoro, in August of this year. “I intend to remain that way as long as I live…and being a member of it is an honor and a privilege.”
Patsy has been a friend of the Global Fund for Women since 1998. She founded the Preston Fund for Girls’ Education, which was housed at Global Fund and became a cornerstone of our endowment.
“I felt warmly embraced by Patsy,” said Musimbi, who has fresh and fond memories of their meeting in New York this fall. “Her commitment to social change philanthropy will never be forgotten.”
In addition to serving as a member of Global Fund’s advisory board, Patsy did work for many organizations, including Planned Parenthood, the International Refugee Commission and Republicans for Pro Choice.
“What strikes you as you travel and learn, is the fundamental need for the work of the Global Fund,” Patsy wrote in 2006. “The Global Fund really comes through for women and girls. It is a privilege to be able to give what you can, based on what you feel, to a cause in which you believe.”