SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Global Fund for Women has received the largest single contribution to date - three million dollars - for the Now or Never Fund from the Ford Foundation. The Now or Never Fund allows the Global Fund for Women to swiftly respond to global crises confronting women as they defend reproductive rights, challenge religious extremism, and rebuild lives devastated by war.
As part of the groundbreaking $20 million Investing in Women Campaign, the Now or Never Fund complements the Legacy Fund, a fund for the world's women for decades to come. With only a few months left in the campaign, the Ford Foundation's timely gift brings total contributions and pledges to the Investing in Women Campaign to $17 million.
Susan Beresford, President of the Ford Foundation said, "The Global Fund for Women is a pioneer in its support of local women's rights groups around the world. The Ford Foundation is proud to contribute to this work as part of our longstanding commitment to improve opportunities and advance the human rights of women and girls."
Kavita Ramdas, President and CEO of the Global Fund declared, "After almost three decades of hard work and progress, women around the world now stand at risk of losing critical human rights. The Now or Never Fund represents our effort to infuse a significant amount of capital into preserving and advancing a global consensus on women's health, equality and freedom. We are grateful to the Ford Foundation for partnering with us in this effort and sending a strong message of solidarity and hope to the courageous women whose work we are proud to support."
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 awarded more than $40 million to seed, strengthen and link more than 2,700 groups in 161 countries. More information is available in six languages at www.globalfundforwomen.org.