A long-time supporter from 1991, and former Balkans advisor of the Global Fund for Women, Marta Drury has made a career out of giving to and working for women and girls in the US and abroad.
Her unrestricted gifts whether to the Global Fund or through the Fiscal Sponsorship Program for Women's Funds like TEWA (Nepal Women's Fund), the Slovak-Czech Women's Fund or the Reconstruction Women's Fund in Serbia, have proven her to be not only generous, but thoughtful, respectful and understanding of the issues. She believes that she always receives more than she has ever given.
Since becoming an advisor in 1999, Marta has been a tremendous force in expanding Global Fund's grantmaking in the Balkans. She has connected the Global Fund with many of the key feminists in the region who are now advisors, and has helped the Global Fund to learn about the groups, issues, and needs of women in the Balkans many of which the Global Fund is still working with and funding today.
In 2006, Marta was instrumental in the preparations for the Balkans outreach trip and was an excellent travel companion for Angelika Arutyunova, Program Office for the ECIS region, describing Marta as "warm, and open hearted with a wicked humor and a sharp mind!" Marta has also done extensive work with the Global Fund on the issue of International Sex Trafficking Of Women and Children.
Marta's contributions to the women's movement do not stop with her support of the Global Fund for Women. In addition to being a peace activist, she is also the director of The Heart and Hand Fund, which funds women's and LGBT groups in the Balkans. Marta is also on the international panel of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. She has been a major supporter of Resourceful Women and established the Resourceful Women's Award and a founding member of the Women Donor's Network. Marta has offered quiet retreat space in rural California for 12 years to nonprofit groups. In 2005 she was among the 1000 Women of Peace nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.