Human Rights, Gender & Equality
|Number of Staff:||58|
|Description of Services:|
The Global Fund is honored to work in a supportive, trust-based partnership with women's rights organizations in nearly 200 countries. The extraordinary courage, perseverance and leadership of these groups advance the international women's movement and promote social justice worldwide.
Our grants range from $500 to a maximum annual grant of $30,000. We primarily provide flexible, general support grants that address universal issues such as reproductive health and choice, access to education, economic independence, environmental sustainability, political participation, the rights of sexual minorities and the prevention of violence against women and girls.
The Global Fund for Women was founded by three ordinary but bold women from Palo Alto, California who dreamed of creating a different way to connect people and ideas around the globe: Anne Firth Murray, Founding President, Frances Kissling and Laura Lederer.
They were convinced that women's human rights and dignity were essential to the advancement of global agendas for social, economic, and political change. They believed that by putting resources into the hands of grassroots women leaders, women would change the world. Frustrated by traditional philanthropy's lack of interest in funding women's groups and human rights, these three women founded the Global Fund for Women and made the first contributions.
|Accomplishments & Progress:|
- Helped to seed & sustain 27 women's funds in 21 countries, sowing a network of women-led philanthropic organizations in each major geographic region.|
- Funded advocacy that secured legislation criminalizing domestic violence in Indonesia, Nicaragua, Mongolia, the Philippines, Bulgaria, the DRC, Ghana, Kenya & Zimbabwe.
- Supported advocacy for women's reproductive rights in 94 countries & successful efforts to legalize abortion in Mexico City & Colombia.
- Invested in the first out lesbian groups in India, Slovenia, Thailand, Mexico, Kyrgyzstan, Croatia, China, Lebanon & Turkey.
- Advanced women's role in peacebuilding by sustaining women?s participation in peace processes in Liberia, the DRC, Nepal, the Balkans, Colombia & elsewhere.
|9 Foundation Affiliations|
|Foundation Name||Year Funded||Verification Status|
|Open Society Institute and Soros Foundations Network||2006||Verified|
|W. K. Kellogg Foundation||2006||Verified|
|Silicon Valley Community Foundation||2007||Verified|
|Financial Information Verified|
|Program Services Expenses:||$13,174,573
(76% of total)
(77% of total)
(78% of total)
|Management & General Expenses:||$1,192,658
(7% of total)
(8% of total)
(6% of total)
(17% of total)
(14% of total)
(16% of total)
Additional Background Information: The Global Fund for Women is a grantmaking foundation that seeds, supports and strengthens women's rights groups all over the globe. We believe that philanthropy is an opportunity for each of us to make a difference in the world. We rely on the generous donations of a diverse network of individuals, foundations and corporations to enable the Global Fund to make flexible grants with respect and trust. In order to continue to provide this flexible support, our grantees decide where it is needed most. Please understand that we cannot designate donor gifts to any specific organization.
CEO Phone: (415) 248-4800
VP of Development
Phone: (415) 248-4800
Phone: (415) 248-4800
|Board of Directors and Board of Advisors:|
Kozue Akibayashi, Japan
Julie Parker Benello, USA
Charlotte Bunch, USA
Supriya Pillai, India/USA
Abigail Disney, USA
Nurgul Djanaeva, Kyrgyzstan
Dina Dublon, Secretary, USA
Lydia Alpízar Durán, Costa Rica/Brazil
Hoda Elsadda, Egypt/United Kingdom
Linda Gruber, USA
Leila Hessini, Board Chair, Algeria/USA
Boriana Jonsson, Bulgaria/Sweden
Gay McDougall, USA
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, South Africa
Marissa Wesely, Treasurer, USA
Sakena Yacoobi, Afghanistan
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