A representative from grantee partner PAIF teaches job skills to a young beneficiary, a survivor of sexual violence in the Congo

Grantmaking

FUNDING GENDER JUSTICE MOVEMENTS FOR CHANGE

We fund bold, ambitious, and expansive gender justice movements to create meaningful change that will last beyond our lifetimes. Read more about our movement-led approach.

Anchored in feminist principles, we provide movements with flexible funding to maximize their impact. We offer general support funding that allows organizations and movements to choose how to best allocate and spend their grants. We offer multi-year grants so that groups can plan long-term.

We also support movements with more than just money. We support peer learning and exchange through travel and event grants; we support in-person connection via convenings and joint opportunities to strategize; we connect philanthropists and activists; and we provide tools and resources that help strengthen institutions. Learn more about where we fund.

Women’s funds: Partners in justice

Sustainable, long-term power shifts can’t be created alone. We partner with sister funds in a variety of ways, including co-creating peer and participatory models of support, piloting tools to strengthen movement capacity, and engaging in philanthropic advocacy. Women’s funds play a powerful role in strengthening movements by reaching smaller and emerging local groups; providing critical capacity support and resources; and raising funds and other resources from local communities. Supporting women’s funds and partnering with them to influence the field of philanthropy expands the resources available for women’s rights and strengthens connections across global and local partners. Read more about our work with women’s funds.

We gladly act as a fiscal sponsor to women’s funds. Read more about our fiscal sponsorship of women’s funds.

Supporting grantee partners in times of crisis

Mobilizing feminist funds is crucial under crisis. We offer support to grantee partners for rehabilitation and recovery in the aftermath of crises, including natural disasters, political violence, and health epidemics. We award both short-term grants to address immediate needs and longer-term grants to support rehabilitation and recovery.

Our approach to crisis funding is unique: We believe because of their long-term work and relationships with local communities, grassroots feminist groups are uniquely positioned to lead responses to crises and deliver solutions that will address the needs of their communities—including marginalized communities that are not served by typical disaster relief. Global Fund for Women grantee partners provide community support; offer resources for sexual and reproductive health rights and protection from gender-based violence; and organize economic empowerment and livelihoods support to crisis-impacted and displaced populations. For example, in the aftermath of the 2015 Nepal earthquake, Global Fund for Women grantee partners provided women with safe spaces to heal from the trauma of crisis, as well as skills-training and connections to livelihood generation opportunities.  Recently, we’ve supported grantee partners in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, devastating earthquakes in Mexico in 2019, the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the aftermath of Cyclone Idai in Zimbabwe and Malawi.

While we have funded crisis response for decades, we established a crisis fund in 2014 to provide consistent, long-term, effective support for our grantee partners. In the last five years, we have awarded $2.7 million through 165 crisis grants to 105 organizations in 37 countries.

 

In-story photo by Bowerbird Photography.