FUNDING GRASS-ROOTS CHANGE
We invest in rights by getting money and support to women-led organizations that are fighting for justice in their own communities. These women are uniquely qualified to tackle the issues because they’re the ones facing them every day. We believe that investing in grass-roots women’s rights is the single most effective way to create change because it gets to the root of the problem instead of just alleviating the symptoms.
Our grantmaking propels women’s human rights movements. We use our network of over 2,000 advisors and partners across the world to help us find, fund, and strengthen groups who work with the most marginalized women in the world. We give “core” funding that helps provide for the fundamental things: rent, salaries, computers, travel, training, security, and electricity. We then help women’s groups connect to other local, national, or regional groups to share, learn, and rally together to drive change.
Learn more about where we fund.
We support women’s organizations that are striving to become more effective in their fight for gender equality. That means providing resources beyond money, such as information and training on how to raise money, how to reach more supporters, and how to use technology to broaden their reach and impact.
Bringing women together
The collective power of women learning, sharing, and teaching together is critical to strong movements for women’s rights. We fund and help organize events and meetings that gather women’s groups in a particular region or country to learn, share strategies, and fuel action and change.
Women’s funds: Partners in equality
Sustainable, long-term power shifts can’t be created alone. We seed and support local women’s funds: national and regional organizations that also make local grants to women’s rights groups. This expands the money and resources available for women’s rights as well as builds a rich ecosystem of local partners and collaborators.
How we know we’re making a difference
Through our impact framework, we are able to carefully evaluate our work, learn from the experiences of our grantee partners, and constantly improve the way we work. Learn more about our approach and our impact. Explore our case studies to learn more about our history of investing in women challenging the status quo to drive bigger gains for gender equality.
Our priority issues
We fund women’s rights groups working on freedom from violence, economic and political empowerment, and sexual and reproductive health and rights. These are the most critical building blocks for women’s human rights.
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