Global Fund for Women is proud to count over 12,000 individual donors among its supporter base. Generous gifts from $5 to $1M or more make up (on average) a robust 65% of our overall income derived from individual gifts. Institutions, such as private foundations and corporations, largely make up the remaining 35%. We are grateful for the tremendous investments such supporters have made in our work funding grassroots change and amplifying the voices of women and girls around the world.
Supported Global Fund for Women’s Rural Women Striding Forward Over a period of four years, 22 grantee organizations built the skills of rural women in Sub-Saharan Africa to improve agricultural productivity, decrease poverty, and advance their rights and leadership. In addition, the funding supported collaboration among the grantee organizations, located in Kenya, Uganda, and Burkina Faso, as well as research activities.
Evidence from the initiative suggests that women’s success as farmers is closely correlated to their knowledge of their rights and their opportunities to have a voice. It is also correlated to their decision-making roles around agriculture within their communities and beyond.
Vital Voices and Global Fund for Women are partnering for Voices Against Violence: The Gender Based Violence Global Initiative, a public-private partnership with the US Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor and the Avon Foundation for Women and managed by a consortium of non-governmental and international organizations led by Vital Voices Global Partnership.
The initiative is designed to address all forms of gender-based violence and harmful traditional practices around the world. Consortium members include Promundo-US, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Global Fund for Women, and Vital Voices Global Partnership.
Nike Foundation’s Grassroots Girls Initiative helped Global Fund for Women and five other grantmaking organizations learn about how best to support adolescent girls through grassroots organizations. During the eight-year initiative, Global Fund for Women was able to support almost 100 women’s rights organizations to advance the rights of girls.
One of the most influential funders of work to advance the rights of women and girls, NoVo Foundation has partnered with Global Fund for Women to significantly expand our ability to support grassroots women’s organizations responding to crises around the world, whether due to natural disaster or political upheaval. Starting in 2014 with generous support of our grantee-partners in the Philippines in the wake of Super-Typhoon Haiyan, NoVo recognized the value of investing in rights-based grassroots women’s groups in emergency situations.
NoVo understood both that women’s needs are often overlooked in emergency response, and that crises can provide an opportunity for the expansion of women’s rights and opportunities. Subsequently, they provided keystone support for a standing “Rapid Response Fund” for three years, enabling Global Fund for Women to respond to funding requests in a range of emergencies.
Johnson & Johnson and Global Fund for Women have a long-standing collaboration. For seven years, this partnership focused on helping mothers survive childbirth and have healthy newborns, one of the company’s core focus areas. “We choose to work with Global Fund for Women because of its ability to connect to hard-to-reach women through their network of grassroots women’s organizations and community-based programs.
“Global Fund for Women has an excellent record of helping these organizations develop the capacity to grow and be sustainable,” says Chunmei Li, Senior Manager at Johnson & Johnson Worldwide Corporate Contributions. Over a four-year period, this partnership supported 12 groups, reached more than 35,000 women and trained almost 4,000 traditional birth attendants.
Symantec and Global Fund for Women partnered for a global campaign called IGNITE that explored the roles of science and technology in advancing gender equality. The IGNITE campaign sought to close the gender gap in technology by sharing stories of women and girls leading efforts in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to drive social. Symantec global employees served as co-curators of crowd sourced “Spark” Stories that celebrated women and girls who are flipping the script on gender roles in science and technology.
Thanks to a three-year grant from the Oak Foundation, which complements funding from the United Nations, Global Fund for Women supports women’s organizations to strengthen their collective action, providing grants that enable them to play an active and sustained role in the peace process through the Women’s Platform for the Peace, Security, and Cooperation Framework. The Women’s Platform is a unique effort to empower women as peace-makers and leaders in the Great Lakes region of Africa, where more than six million people have lost their lives in the last 26 years and hundreds of thousands of women and girls have been subjected to sexual violence. The Women’s Platform aims to empower women’s organizations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, and Uganda to actively contribute to the implementation of the Framework.
The Women’s Platform is a unique effort to empower women as peace-makers and leaders in the Great Lakes region of Africa, where more than six million people have lost their lives in the last 26 years and hundreds of thousands of women and girls have been subjected to sexual violence. The Women’s Platform aims to empower women’s organizations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, and Uganda to actively contribute to the implementation of the Framework.
With support from the ING Foundation, Global Fund for Women launched an initiative to support women’s organizations preventing and addressing human trafficking in Asia from the perspective of worker rights and migration rights. Trafficking is a regional and global women’s rights issue that requires cross-border, collective solutions. The initiative provided grants to 12 women’s groups from five countries in Asia (Indonesia, Philippines, India, Nepal, and Thailand) with the highest rates of trafficking.
As a result of three years of support, including two convenings that brought them together, the 12 groups were able to share strategies and identify collective actions to begin building and strengthening the regional movement to end trafficking.
Global Fund for Women has a long history of partnering with corporations to mobilize resources for women’s human rights. We recognize the important role and positive impact of corporate social responsibility and seek partnerships that align our mission and grantee partners with corporations who believe in advancing global gender equality.
We do not accept contributions from corporations whose core activities are in direct conflict with Global Fund for Women’s commitment to advancing women’s rights.
If you have questions about our work in this sector or would like a copy of our guidelines, please email: Sara Ferree, Director of Philanthropic Partners